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Dean of Women records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 41

Scope and Contents

The Dean of Women Office records (1958 – 1986; 6.35 cubic feet) document the official records of the Office of the Dean of Women, including correspondence, budgets, organization records, annual reports, and affiliated professional organizations. The Date File, which is a copy of outgoing mail from the Dean, offers researchers a glimpse into the day-to-day duties of the Dean of Women. However, any Date File that may have existed prior to 1960 is not included in these records, and there is a sizable gap between 1961 and 1969. The Annual Reports offer summaries of and statistics about the office’s responsibilities. Purdue’s Deans of Women were important contributors to the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Councilors (NAWDAC), and Series 4 documents the history of that organization and its relationship with Purdue.


  • 1960-1974
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/04/2009


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access to privileged student information, including grades, recommendations and discipline records is restricted until 70 years from their date of creation.


6.35 Cubic Feet

7 manuscript boxes, 3 cubic foot boxes, 1 flat box other_unmapped

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1.00 flat_box

2.00 cubic_foot_boxes


Annual Reports, budgets, correspondence and other official documents from the office of the Dean of Women.

Arrangement Note

1. Annual Reports, 1958 – 1973 (1.2 cubic feet) The form and content of the annual report changes over the years, but in general it includes an overview of the Office of the Dean of Women’s philosophy and role in University administration, demographic information about women students as a group, statistics about office visits and discipline issues, and detailed reports from individual office staff. 2. Date File, 1960 – 1974 (1.2 cubic feet) This series is composed of carbon copies of outgoing correspondence from the Dean of Women. The records include approximately a year of correspondence (1960 – 1961) when Helen Schleman was Dean of Women, and then there is a significant break in the record until 1969 – 1974 during Beverley Stone’s tenure. Any document including privileged information, such as discipline records, grades, or letters of recommendation has been restricted. 3. Budgets and Miscellaneous Material, 1968 – 1975 (0.2 cubic foot) This series includes official Dean of Women program budgets, information about the Freshman Conference Program, and other miscellaneous documents. 4. NAWDAC Records, 1948 – 1991 (3.0 cubic feet) Started in 1916 as a National Association of Deans of Women, the organization that would eventually be the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Councilors (NAWDAC) was important in developing the professional and social community of women college administrators, especially through its quarterly journal and annual meeting. Helen Schleman and Barbara Cook both served as president of NAWDAC. Beverley Stone was on the executive board as treasurer. This series contains a wide variety of NAWDAC historical material, including correspondence, publications, notes, and manuscripts. Series 4 NAWDAC Records is organized by date. 5. Artifacts (0.75 cubic feet) This series includes the Shoemaker and Deans’ Bibles and a Dean of Women sign.

Custodial History

These records were created by Helen Schleman and Beverley Stone while serving as Deans of Women at Purdue University. The records were inherited by Barbara Cook and then donated to Purdue University Karnes Archives and Special Collections by Betty Nelson and Sally Watlington, along with other personal papers.

Source of Acquisition

Betty Nelson and Sally Watlington

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

For the personal papers of individual Deans of Women, see the Carolyn Shoemaker collection (MSF 343), the Dorothy Stratton papers (MSF 366), the Helen Schleman papers (MSF 334), and the Beverley Stone papers (MSF 466). The Dean of Men and Dean of Women offices were merged in 1974 into the Dean of Students office.
Dean of Women records
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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