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Beverley Stone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 466

Scope and Contents

The Beverley Stone papers documents the personal and professional life of Beverley Stone, from her time as a student at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in the 1930s, through her long career at Purdue University from 1956-1980, her subsequent city council service from 1984–1988, up until her death in 2003. A large part of the collection consists of Stone’s speech notes from her numerous speaking appearances at Purdue and elsewhere. Types of materials include: books, certificates, clippings, correspondence, photographic prints, speeches, and scrapbooks.


  • 1934 - 2012


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research. Material documenting privileged student records such as grades and discipline records are restricted until 70 years past their creation date.

Copyright and Use Information

Material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Beverley Stone, or Bev Stone, began her 24-year career at Purdue in 1956, serving in the Office of the Dean of Women as an advisor to student organizations such as the Student Government, Panhellenic Association, and Mortar Board. In 1968, she succeeded Helen Schleman as Dean of Women with the rank of assistant professor. During the 1960s Stone ensured that students' voices were heard, requiring that they be appointed to faculty committees and held "speaking seats" at the Board of Trustees meetings.

In 1974, after the Dean of Women and Dean of Men offices were combined, Stone was named Purdue's first Dean of Students, the first woman ever to hold such a position at a Big Ten university. It was also in this year that she co-authored a book with her colleague Barbara Cook entitled "Counseling Women". Stone was an active member of many professional and community organizations and recipient of numerous honors and awards.

In 1980, Stone retired, and Barbara Cook became her successor as Dean of Students. A sculpture honoring both women was installed between Schleman and Hovde Halls on the Purdue University West Lafayette campus. After her retirement from Purdue University, Stone remained active in community affairs and successfully ran for City Council in West Lafayette in 1983; she served from 1984 to 1988.


5.60 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes, 1 oversize folder)


Collection includes biographical documents, correspondence, speech notes and other materials documenting the life of Purdue’s first Dean of Students, Beverley Stone.


The Beverley Stone papers is arranged into eight series:
  1. Biographical Information
  2. Correspondence
  3. Clippings
  4. Miscellaneous Materials
  5. Publications and Printed Material
  6. Photographs
  7. Speeches and Essays
  8. Artifacts and Scrapbooks

Custodial History

Sarah J. Watlington inherited several boxes of material relating to Purdue Deans of Women Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, and Beverley Stone after their deaths. Watlington donated that material to Purdue Archives and Special Collections starting in 2006.

Acquisition Information

Materials received in installments. Donations received from Betty Nelson on November 15, 2007 and Sarah J. Watlington on March 7, 2008. Additional materials were transferred from the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance via Alysa Rollock on December 3, 2012.

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Loose newsprint clippings have been photocopied and the original clippings discarded. Newsprint in scrapbooks has been left intact. Several oversized documents have been stored separately due to their size. Reduced-size photocopies of these separated documents have been inserted in their proper place in the collection. Speech notecards in Series Seven have been placed in individual acid-free envelopes and organized by date when possible.
Beverley Stone papers
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Jonathan McConnell
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Revision Statements

  • 2013-06-13: While processing the Dean of Women records, the archivist discovered materials that belong in the Beverley Stone papers. This material is housed in Box 10.
  • 2016-05-24: Description updated by Virginia Pleasant.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States