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William Whalen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 100

Scope and Contents

The William Whalen papers includes personal correspondence and materials created during Whalen’s service during and after World War II, as well as a small number of assorted documents related to his time as director of the Purdue University Press.


  • 1943 - 1991
  • Majority of material found within 1943 - 1947


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection is in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to use of materials.

Biographical Information

William "Bill" Whalen was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Whalen also attended the University of Notre Dame, from where he joined United States Navy in 1943. He married Mary Beth Sell in 1954, with which he had five children. Whalen joined Purdue University in 1950, where he directed publications and taught journalism. In 1960, he helped to create the Purdue University Press, serving as its director until his retirement in 1992. Whalen was also authored or co-wrote a dozen books and several hundred articles during his career.


0.589 Cubic Feet (One full-width letter-size manuscript box and one half-width legal-size manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The William Whalen papers are organized chronogically in three series.
  1. Correspondence
  2. Naval Service
  3. Purdue University

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by Mary Beth Whalen and Patrick Whalen on May 5, 2008, May 8, 2008, and May 27, 2008.

Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. Letters have been removed from envelopes and most envelopes have been discarded. All newsprint has been photocopied and original newspaper clippings have been discarded.
William Whalen papers
Neal Harmeyer
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2012-02-10.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States