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James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Printed Material, Photographic Material and Audio-Visual Material


Oversized Artifact

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James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego, 2009

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1946-1950

Primary Creator: Blakesley, James F.

Extent: 5.0 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Type of material

Date Acquired: 11/19/2009. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Class reunions--Purdue University, Purdue University, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Students

Forms of Material: Annual reports, Artifacts (Object genre), Beanies, Black-and-white photographs, Color photographs, Dance cards, Negatives (Photographs), Playbills, Programs, Sound recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

James Blakesley was a member of the Class of 1950 and also the class president. 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 legend on campus. Jim devoted his entire life to Purdue and brought much distinction upon himself and the University.

James Blakesley officially retired from Purdue on January 4, 1999. 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.

Subject/Index Terms

Class reunions--Purdue University
Purdue University
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Students

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: June 18, 2010

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 c.f. boxes, 1 large flat box, 1 large artifact

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: James Blakesley

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: MSA 28, James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 2/25/2010

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msa28-blakesley-james.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Printed Material, Photographic Material and Audio-Visual Material, 1946-1950],
[Box 2: Artifacts, 1946-1950],
[Item 3: Oversized Artifact, circa 1946-1950],