By Stephanie Schmitz
This collection documents the work of Mary Louise Foster during her time at Purdue as a faculty member.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
This collection documents the work of Mary Louise Foster during her time at Purdue as a faculty member and counselor in the Consumer and Family Sciences Department. It contains correspondence; biographical information on other faculty members in the School of Home Economics; teaching materials and student work pertaining to Home Management courses; instruction guides, recipe booklets, Extension leaflets and other publications; clippings; and photographs.
Mary Louise Foster (1921-2012), a native of Harrisburg, Indiana, studied Home Economics at Purdue, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1939 and a Master’s degree in 1950. After teaching Home Economics in local public high schools, including the first home economics class for boys at Harrisburg High School, she returned to Purdue in 1955 as a professor in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, where she served as an instructor of the Home Management House course. Foster helped to develop the first program in Home Economics at the University of Vicosa in Brazil, working there from 1960 until 1965. She officially retired from Purdue in 1987, but continued on as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing. Marie Louise Foster served a total of almost sixty years at Purdue. She received the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion award in 2000 and the Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association in 2005. A scholarship in her name has been established by the former Consumer and Family Sciences Student Council (now the Health and Human Sciences Student Council).
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
7 manuscript boxes, 1 audio cassette box, 1 slide box, 1 artifact box, 1 flat oversize box, 4 cubic foot boxes
Materials in Box 12 include gradebooks and student evaluations, and are restricted for seventy years from the date of their creation.
Purdue University Libraries per deed of gift.
College of Health and Human Services
Mary Louise Foster oral history interview (1 hour, 23 minutes) For more information please see http://earchives.lib.purdue.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/oralhist&CISOPTR=18.
MSF 469, Mary Louise Foster papers, Karnes Archives & Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
A more detailed inventory of this collection is available upon request.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Correspondence and other written materials, circa 1948-2010],
[Box 2: Course materials, 1950-1996
[Box 3: Course materials, continued, 1967-1990
[Box 4: Student papers, circa 1950s-1981
[Box 5: Publications, circa 1930-1973
[Box 6: Clippings, 1952-2010
[Box 7: Photographs, circa 1900s-1975
[Box 8: Audio cassette tapes, circa 1970s
[Box 9: Slides, undated
[Box 10: Artifacts, undated
[Box 11: Grade books and evaluations, 1952-1984
[Box 12: Oversize materials, circa 1968