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Dean of Women records



Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Annual Reports

Date File

Budgets and Miscellaneous

NAWDAC records


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Dean of Women records, 1960-1974 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Jonathan McConnell

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Purdue University Office of the Dean of Women (1933-1974)

Extent: 6.35 Cubic feet. More info below.


1. Annual Reports, 1958 – 1973 (1.2 cubic feet)

The form and content of the annual report changes over the years, but in general it includes an overview of the Office of the Dean of Women’s philosophy and role in University administration, demographic information about women students as a group, statistics about office visits and discipline issues, and detailed reports from individual office staff.

2. Date File, 1960 – 1974 (1.2 cubic feet)

This series is composed of carbon copies of outgoing correspondence from the Dean of Women. The records include approximately a year of correspondence (1960 – 1961) when Helen Schleman was Dean of Women, and then there is a significant break in the record until 1969 – 1974 during Beverley Stone’s tenure. Any document including privileged information, such as discipline records, grades, or letters of recommendation has been restricted.

3. Budgets and Miscellaneous Material, 1968 – 1975 (0.2 cubic foot)

This series includes official Dean of Women program budgets, information about the Freshman Conference Program, and other miscellaneous documents.

4. NAWDAC Records, 1948 – 1991 (3.0 cubic feet)

Started in 1916 as a National Association of Deans of Women, the organization that would eventually be the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Councilors (NAWDAC) was important in developing the professional and social community of women college administrators, especially through its quarterly journal and annual meeting. Helen Schleman and Barbara Cook both served as president of NAWDAC. Beverley Stone was on the executive board as treasurer. This series contains a wide variety of NAWDAC historical material, including correspondence, publications, notes, and manuscripts. Series 4 NAWDAC Records is organized by date.

5. Artifacts (0.75 cubic feet)

This series includes the Shoemaker and Deans’ Bibles and a Dean of Women sign.

Date Acquired: 04/23/2008

Subjects: Deans of women--United States, National Association for Women Deans, Administrators & Counselors, Purdue University. Dean of Women, Schleman, Helen Blanche, 1902-1992, Stone, Beverley, 1916-2003, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women college administrators--United States

Forms of Material: Annual reports, Correspondence, Newsletters, Records (Documents), School records

Languages: English


Annual Reports, budgets, correspondence and other official documents from the office of the Dean of Women.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dean of Women Office records (1958 – 1986; 6.35 cubic feet) document the official records of the Office of the Dean of Women, including correspondence, budgets, organization records, annual reports, and affiliated professional organizations. The Date File, which is a copy of outgoing mail from the Dean, offers researchers a glimpse into the day-to-day duties of the Dean of Women. However, any Date File that may have existed prior to 1960 is not included in these records, and there is a sizable gap between 1961 and 1969. The Annual Reports offer summaries of and statistics about the office’s responsibilities. Purdue’s Deans of Women were important contributors to the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Councilors (NAWDAC), and Series 4 documents the history of that organization and its relationship with Purdue.

Biographical Note

In 1933 Purdue hired its first full-time Dean of Women, Dorothy Stratton. Prior to this, the Dean of Women duties were carried out by Professor of English Literature Carolyn Shoemaker. When Helen Schleman took over as Dean in 1947, the office staff consisted of her, a placement officer, and an assistant dean seeing to the counseling, discipline, and administration needs of Purdue’s women students. As the number of women students at Purdue grew steadily, so did the size and responsibilities of the dean’s office, including placement services for women students, the SPAN Plan program to help nontraditional women return to education, and minority outreach programs to help the expanding diversity in the student body. Beverley Stone took over as Dean of Women after Schleman’s retirement in 1956, and in 1974 Stone became the first Dean of Students at Purdue when the Dean of Women and Dean of Men offices were combined.

Subject/Index Terms

Deans of women--United States
National Association for Women Deans, Administrators & Counselors
Purdue University. Dean of Women
Schleman, Helen Blanche, 1902-1992
Stone, Beverley, 1916-2003
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women college administrators--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 manuscript boxes, 3 cubic foot boxes, 1 flat box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Access to privileged student information, including grades, recommendations and discipline records is restricted until 70 years from their date of creation.

Acquisition Source: Betty Nelson and Sally Watlington

Related Materials: For the personal papers of individual Deans of Women, see the Carolyn Shoemaker collection (MSF 343), the Dorothy Stratton papers (MSF 366), the Helen Schleman papers (MSF 334), and the Beverley Stone papers (MSF 466). The Dean of Men and Dean of Women offices were merged in 1974 into the Dean of Students office.

Preferred Citation: UA 40, Dean of Women records, Karnes Archives & Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History: Collection identifier updated from UA 12.05.02-6 to UA 41 as of October 28, 2016.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua00041_dean_of_women.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Annual Reports, 1951 - 1973],
[Series 2: Date File, 1960 - 1974],
[Series 3: Budgets and Miscellaneous, 1968 - 1975],
[Series 4: NAWDAC records, 1948 - 1970],
[Series 5: Artifacts],