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Channing Blickenstaff papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 5

This collection contains twelve compact disks of music scores, memorabilia, and other documents and performances by Channing Blickenstaff, Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University.


  • 1990 - 2008


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Channing Blount Blickenstaff was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on October 8, 1934, to Earl Metzger and Barbara Mary Blickenstaff. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in 1956. He married Janet Frazier on December 23, 1956. They had two children, Barbara and Marianne.

Blickenstaff served in the US Army from 1956-1958 during the Korean War. He then returned to Purdue to pursue his graduate studies, earning his MS in Education in 1961 and completing his PhD in 1965. Blickenstaff joined the faculty at Purdue in 1964 and began teaching Spanish as the Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Languages. In 1965-66 he was the first Resident Director of the IU-Purdue Program in Madrid, which would grow to include the University of Wisconsin. The "WIP" program has now been in operation for over 60 years.

Blickenstaff became assistant dean in 1971 before accepting a position as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School in 1979. He retired from Purdue in 1984.

After retirement, Blickenstaff and his wife increased their volunteer work, especially at the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Blickenstaff had also served as a consultant to the West Lafayette Public Schools and served with the Lafayette Volunteer Bureau from 1973-2006. He received their Excellence in Community Service Award in 2004. Blickenstaff was also a member of the American Society of Composers and the American Choral Directors Association.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box)

Technical Access Information

The compact disks may require additional processing before use. Contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The material has been placed into an acid-free box.
Channing Blickenstaff papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2009.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-15: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States