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Lella R. Gaddis papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 22, Placement: 07
Identifier: MSF 138

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an article written by Lella Gaddis in 1917 as well as clippings and photographs pertaining to her life, activities, and work.


  • 1917 - 2009


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Lella Gaddis was born May 29, 1877, in Rossville, Indiana, and was a member of a prominent Tippecanoe County pioneer family. She graduated from the old Lafayette High School in 1896 and attended Purdue University from 1913 to 1915.

Professor Gaddis taught in the Purdue summer school in 1914, and assisted in training the first home economics vocational teachers in the state. She was appointed state leader of Home Demonstration Agents in 1917, a post which she held until her retirement in 1947.

Professor Gaddis was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Home Economics Association, Indiana Home Economics Association of which she was honorary president, Indiana Federation of Clubs, Alpha Chi Omega, Altrusa Club, Purdue Women's Club, and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and Lafayette Art Association.

She died on January 16, 1968, after an illness of three weeks, in the Knights of Pythias Home where she had been a resident for one year. She had no immediate survivors.


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two legal-size folders)

Acquisition Information

Source and date unknown for initial acquisition. An addition to the Lella Gaddis papers (Folder Two) was donated to the Archives and Special Collections by Miriam Epple Heath on December 15, 2009.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.
Lella R. Gaddis papers
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition. First edition completed 2011-01-08.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-08-01: Description updated to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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