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Mary Louise Foster papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 469

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the work of Mary Louise Foster during her time at Purdue as a faculty member and counselor in the Consumer and Family Sciences Department.  It contains correspondence; biographical information on other faculty members in the School of Home Economics; teaching materials and student work pertaining to Home Management courses; instruction guides, recipe booklets, Extension leaflets and other publications; clippings; and photographs.


  • 1900 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Materials in Box 11 include gradebooks and student evaluations, and are restricted for seventy years from the date of their creation.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Mary Louise Foster, a native of Harrisburg, Indiana, studied Home Economics at Purdue. Foster earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1939 and a Master’s degree in 1950. After graduation she taught Home Economics in local public high schools, including the first home economics class for boys at Harrisburg High School. Foster returned to Purdue in 1955 as a professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, where she served as an instructor of the Home Management House course. Foster helped to develop the first program in Home Economics at the University of Vicosa in Brazil, working there from 1960 until 1965. She officially retired from Purdue in 1987, but continued on as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing. Mary Louise Foster served a total of almost sixty years at Purdue. She received the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion award in 2000 and the Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association in 2005. A scholarship in her name has been established by the former Consumer and Family Sciences Student Council (later the Health and Human Sciences Student Council).


8.50 Cubic Feet (Seven manuscript boxes, four cubic foot boxes, one audio cassette box, one slide box, one artifact box, and one flat box.)

Language of Materials



This collection documents the work of Mary Louise Foster during her time at Purdue as a faculty member.


This collection is arranged at the box level primarily by format.

Acquisition Information

Transfer from College of Health and Human Services. Date acquired: 03/07/2012

Other Descriptive Information

A more detailed inventory of this collection is available upon request.
Mary Louise Foster papers
In Progress
Stephanie Schmitz
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States