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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
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/11/2008


Conditions Governing Access

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.


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


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

Arrangement Note

The collection 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.

Source of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Donation by Betty Nelson, November 15, 2007. Donation by Sarah J. Watlington, March 7, 2008. Transfer from the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance via Alysa Rollock, December 3, 2012.

Related Materials

Beverley Stone had close ties to three other Deans of Women: Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, and Barbara Cook. More photos, correspondence, and other materials relating to Stone can be found in those collections. Official correspondence can be found in the Office of the Dean of Women and Office of the Dean of Students record groups. Oral history interview conducted July 17, 1972, located within MSO 2, Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection.

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
Jonathan McConnell
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States