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Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 251

Scope and Contents

The Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers (8 cubic feet; 1931-2011) contain materials that document both Gleiter’s personal and professional life such as letters of appreciation and commendation, awards, certificates, speeches and presentations, photographs, academic transcripts, items pertaining to Gleiter’s involvement in professional organizations, and materials documenting Gleiter’s time at Purdue. These include her Purdue University student identification card, materials pertaining to Gleiter’s involvement with the Chi Omega fraternity, and senior cords belonging to both Gleiter and her husband.


  • 1931-2011
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1956-2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/09/2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The donor has assigned the copyright in her papers to the Archives; copyright of some of the items may be held by their respective authors. Cons ult a reference archivist for details.

biographical information

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1960, a time when women engineers were very few and far in between. As a result, Gleiter faced discrimination in her field. She married fellow Purdue alumnus, John Gleiter, and raised her three children from 1960 until 1980. In 1980, she re-entered the workforce and was offered a job at the The Aerospace Corporation. She then earned her MS in Systems Management/Technical Systems from the University of Southern California. Gleiter has published several articles and given many presentations nationwide and worldwide. She is a proud advocate for engineering and received the 2008 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Award from Purdue University.


9.646 Cubic Feet (Eleven full-width legal-size manuscript boxes, six flat boxes, and two shoe boxes)

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Arrangement Note

The Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers have been arranged in twelve series. Series 1: Family and Education, 1944-1986 Series 2: Biographical Information and Oral History, circa 1980s-2009 Series 3: Professional Activities, 1946-2011 Series 4: Speeches and Presentations, 1985-2011 Series 5: Papers authored by Roberta Gleiter, 1986-2005 Series 6: Articles mentioning Roberta Gleiter, 1983-2009 Series 7: Certificates and Awards, 1981-2009 Series 8: Letters of Appreciation and Commendations, 1974-2004 Series 9: Photographs, 1974-2004 Series 10: Artifacts, 1999 Series 11: Artifacts, 1966-1999 Series 12: Oversize Materials, 1939-2010

Source of Acquisition

Roberta Banaszak Gleiter

Method of Acquisition

Several donations

Accruals and Additions

20101007; 20110211; 20110519; 20111006; 20120210; 20120216; 20120302; 20120412;

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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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