By Mary A. Sego
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Opal D. Stech collection (1928-1934; 0.2 cubic feet) is contained in a scrapbook, which documents Opal Stech's time as a Purdue student. The scrapbook includes programs from various events, invitations, newspaper clippings, news photographs and mementos. Some of the organizations and subjects in the scrapbook include the Purdue Christian Foundation, the Little Theater, the Women's Athletic Association, numerous convocations and lectures, Kappa Beta, Mother's Day events, The Twelve (Christian group), R. O. T. C., the American Association of University Women, and a variety of student activities such as beauty contests, tumbling team and other sports, dances and women in engineering. The papers are arranged chronologically.
Opal D. Stech was born October 12, 1909 in Huntington County. She was a member of the Purdue Class of 1932, and she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics and mathematics from Purdue in 1932. She received a M.A. from Columbia University in 1939, and did gerontology studies at State University of Iowa in 1964. Stech dedicated her career to teaching home economics at all levels and working as an Extension specialist. She taught in Huntington and Allen Counties; at Juniata College, Huntington, PA; Central Agriculture College, Warsaw Poland; the University of Massachusetts; and was head of home economics at Manchester College in 1955-1973. In recognition of her many contributions, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970 from Purdue University.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
1 half width mss. box
Collection is open for research.
Copyright retained by the heirs of Opal D. Stech.
Physical Access Note:
Scrapbook is in fragile condition and must be handled with care. Pages that have fallen out have been placed in acid-free folders.
Donated by Vicki Morreale, 2009.
MSA 36, Opal D. Stech scrapbook, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revision History:
Revised by EW 11/9/2012
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Folder:
[Folder 1: Scrapbook pages: Freshman Year, 1928-1929
[Folder 2: Scrapbook pages: Sophomore Year, 1929-1930
[Folder 3: Scrapbook:Junior year, Summer, Senior year, 1930-1931
[Folder 4: Loose items in the scrapbook
- Folder 4: Loose items in the scrapbook, 1931-1934
The Purdue Exponent, [appears to be a supplemental, humorous issue] April 19, 1932
Invitation to buffet supper in honor of Opal Stech, from Miss Marie Darst for the Home Economics Faculty, May 18, 1932
Picture of Kenneth D. Conn, Purdue Class of ’33, circa 1932?
The Radius of Kappa Beta, official publication of the Council of Kappa Beta, a Fellowship of University Women of the Disciples of Christ, volume XIII, April 1932 [program]
Flyer from Baptist party, circa 1932
Purdue Student Classes, First Christian Church, 6th and North Streets, photograph, 1931
Hat, “Class of 1932” [ yellow cotton hat]
Why Purdue – 99 Reasons, Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University. July 1934