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James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 28
The James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950 (1946-1950; 3 cubic feet) contains memorabilia from the Class of 1950's days at Purdue. Types of materials include: printed material; dance cards, newspaper clippings, event programs and playbills, along with photographs, record albums and artifacts. Addendum materials include annual reports from James Blakesley’s tenure as Purdue University’s Director of Space Management and Academic Scheduling. Some items are undated.


  • 1946 - 2007
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1946-1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/11/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


5.00 Cubic Feet

3 c.f. boxes, 1 large flat box, 1 large artifact other_unmapped

Biographical / Historical

James Blakesley was a member of the Class of 1950. He was a part of Purdue University for nearly 50 years. His time at Purdue began with undergraduate studies and part-time employment compacted into three years. He spent the bulk of the remaining half-century serving under the basic broad guidelines of President Hovde to apply industrial engineering management concepts to Purdue in a fair and equitable way.

As recorded in the May 21, 1999 Purdue Board of Trustees minutes, President Beering recommended to the Board that James F. Blakesley be designated Emeritus Director of Space Management and Academic Scheduling.

Dr. Beering pointed out that Mr. Blakesley had been at Purdue University his entire professional career and had almost single handedly built Purdue’s Space Management and Academic Scheduling office into one of the best functioning operations in the United States. He was decades ahead of his colleagues in using computers to assist in matters of class scheduling and in the assignment of space for classrooms, research laboratories, and office functions. His work on preparing statements of need along with planning for new facilities is legendary on campus. Blakesley devoted his entire life to Purdue and brought much distinction upon himself and the University.

The Trustees unanimously approved Blakesley’s designation of emeritus status.

James Blakesley gathered and organized the materials found in this collection from his fellow 1950 classmates. Tom Wilhite, who also contributed many items to the collection was the editor of the Debris in 1950.

Sources: Retrieved December 14, 2009 from,7450 and from Mr. Blakesley himself.

Arrangement Note

Type of material

Source of Acquisition

James Blakesley
Method of Acquisition Donation

Accruals and Additions

June 18, 2010

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950
Mary A. Sego, 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Revised 2/25/2010

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States