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College of Education records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 16

Scope and Contents

The College of Education records document the first sixty years of Teacher Education at Purdue University (1908-1968). The majority of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets and catalogs are from the 1990s and 2000s.  Also included are the opinion survey for the various Indiana higher education planning regions for 1974, along with the Purdue University accreditation report for the National Council for The Accreditation of Teacher Education for the years 1972-1974; a detailed listing, along with photographs of the Purdue University teacher candidates for 1983-1984; Teacher Education Council minutes and documents from the 1960s; annual reports of the College of Education from 1994-2004; along with various brochures and documents related to the College of Education.


  • 1908 - 2010
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1990 - 2010


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights are held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

Purdue University established a department of education in 1908. The creation was the University's response to a 1907 Indiana state law mandating that all new teachers have professional education of at least 12 semester hours.

For the first six years of its existence, Purdue's education department was comprised solely of one person. George L. Roberts boasted 27 years of experience in the state's public schools, beginning as a one-room schoolteacher and going on to become superintendent of schools in Greensburg, Frankfort, and Muncie. At Purdue, Roberts was a professor of industrial education, and he was a solo act until 1914, when, thanks to the Vocational Act of 1913, the University could afford to hire more faculty members.

For the next 75 years, various units at Purdue housed education faculty, including the Division of Education and Applied Psychology and the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education. In 1989, Purdue officially created the School of Education. In 2005, Purdue renamed the School of Education to the College of Education.


2.132 Cubic Feet (Three letter-size full-width manuscript boxes and one cubic foot box)


The records are organized into four series. Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained, unless chronological order was deemed more functional.
  1. Historical Document, College of Education Magazines, Newsletters, Pamphlets and Catalogs
  2. Opinion Survey of Regional Postsecondary Educational Needs, Policies, and Service and Purdue University Accreditation Report for The National Council for The Accreditation of Teacher Education
  3. Studies, Brochures, Teacher Candidates and Annual Reports
  4. Teacher Education Council Minutes and Documents

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and/or acid-free boxes.
College of Education records
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2011-01-11.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States