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James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 28

Scope and Contents

The James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950 contains memorabilia from the Class of 1950's days at Purdue. Types of material includes printed material; dance cards, newspaper clippings, event programs and playbills, along with photographs, record albums and artifacts.

Dates

  • 1946 - 2007
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1946 - 1950

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Information

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.

Extent

3.20 Cubic Feet (One cubic foot box, one flat box, and one object)

Arrangement

The material has been arranged by type of material and consists of two series.
  1. Printed and Audio Visual Material
  2. Artifacts

Acquisition Information

Most items collected by or donated by James Blakesley on November 19, 2009 and June 18, 2010. Some items were donated by Tom Wilhite, date unknown.
Title
James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950
Status
Completed
Author
Mary A. Sego
Date
2019-10-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-02-12.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States
765-494-2839