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Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Family and Education

Biographical Information and Oral History

Professional Activities

Speeches and Presentations

Papers authored by Roberta Gleiter

Articles mentioning Roberta Gleiter

Certificates and Awards

Letters of Appreciation and Commendations




Oversize Materials

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Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers, 1931-2011 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers, 1931-2011Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-2011

Primary Creator: Gleiter, Roberta (1938-)

Extent: 7.0 Cubic feet. More info below.


The Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers have been arranged in twelve series.

Series 1: Family and Education, 1944-1986 Series 2: Biographical Information and Oral History, circa 1980s-2009 Series 3: Professional Activities, 1946-2011 Series 4: Speeches and Presentations, 1985-2011 Series 5: Papers authored by Roberta Gleiter, 1986-2005 Series 6: Articles mentioning Roberta Gleiter, 1983-2009 Series 7: Certificates and Awards, 1981-2009 Series 8: Letters of Appreciation and Commendations, 1974-2004 Series 9: Photographs, 1974-2004 Series 10: Artifacts, 1999 Series 11: Artifacts, 1966-1999 Series 12: Oversize Materials, 1939-2010

Date Acquired: 09/24/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Aerospace Corporation, Chi Omega Fraternity, Engineering, Gleiter, Roberta Banaszak, Purdue University--Students--Social life and customs--20th century, Society of Women Engineers. Purdue Student Section, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women aerospace engineers, Women engineers

Forms of Material: Awards, Photographic prints, Publications, Reports, Scrapbooks, Speeches

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Roberta Banaszak Gleiter papers (8 cubic feet; 1931-2011) contain materials that document both Gleiter’s personal and professional life such as letters of appreciation and commendation, awards, certificates, speeches and presentations, photographs, academic transcripts, items pertaining to Gleiter’s involvement in professional organizations, and materials documenting Gleiter’s time at Purdue.  These include her Purdue University student identification card, materials pertaining to Gleiter’s involvement with the Chi Omega fraternity, and senior cords belonging to both Gleiter and her husband.

Biographical Note

Roberta Gleiter received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1960, a time when women engineers were very few and far in between.  As a result, Gleiter faced discrimination in her field.  She married a fellow Purdue alumnus, John Gleiter, and raised her three children from 1960 to 1980.  In 1980, she re-entered the workforce and was offered a job at Aerospace Corporation.  She then earned her MS in Systems Management/Technical Systems from the University of Southern California.  Gleiter has published several articles and given many presentations nationwide and worldwide.  She is a proud advocate for engineering and received the 2008 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Award from Purdue University.

Subject/Index Terms

Aerospace Corporation
Chi Omega Fraternity
Gleiter, Roberta Banaszak
Purdue University--Students--Social life and customs--20th century
Society of Women Engineers. Purdue Student Section
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women aerospace engineers
Women engineers

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: 20101007; 20110211; 20110519; 20111006; 20120210; 20120216; 20120302; 20120412;

Alternate Extent Statement: 11 mss boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 artifact boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research

Use Restrictions: The donor has assigned the copyright in her papers to the Archives; copyright of some of the items may be held by their respective authors. Cons ult a reference archivist for details.

Acquisition Source: Roberta Banaszak Gleiter

Acquisition Method: Several donations

Preferred Citation: MSA 251, Roberta Gleiter papers, Karnes Archives & Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/gleiter_r.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Family and Education, 1944-1986],
[Series 2: Biographical Information and Oral History, circa 1980s -2009],
[Series 3: Professional Activities, 1946-2011],
[Series 4: Speeches and Presentations, 1985-2011],
[Series 5: Papers authored by Roberta Gleiter, 1986-2005],
[Series 6: Articles mentioning Roberta Gleiter, 1983-2009],
[Series 7: Certificates and Awards, 1981-2009],
[Series 8: Letters of Appreciation and Commendations, 1974-2004],
[Series 9: Photographs, 1974-2004],
[Series 10: Artifacts, 1999],
[Series 11: Artifacts, 1966-1999],
[Series 12: Oversize Materials, 1939-2010],