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Nancy Friedersdorf papers, 1965 - 2016 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Friedersdorf, Nancy (1927-)

Extent: 1.2 Cubic feet. More info below.


The Nancy Friedersdorf papers are organized into two series:

1. Biographical Information, 1965 – 2016 (0.2 cubic feet). 

This series contains a resume, correspondence, documentations of praise from colleagues and clients, clippings, and pamphlets.

2. Speeches, 1968 – 1989 (1 cubic feet)

This series contains both manuscript-formatted speeches and speech notes on index cards. When possible, materials in both series are arranged by date. Undated materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Some note card materials are undated and untitled, so no arrangement was possible.

Date Acquired: 09/11/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Friedersdorf, Nancy, 1927-, Sex discrimination in higher education--United States, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women college administrators--United States

Forms of Material: Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Speeches

Languages: English


The Nancy Friedersdorf papers document the professional career of Nancy Friedersdorf, primarily through speech and workshop notes, along with a smaller amount of biographical materials.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Nancy Friedersdorf papers (1965 – 2016; 1.2 cubic foot) documents the student services career of Nancy Friedersdorf at Purdue University. A large majority of the collection is composed of speech manuscripts and speech notes from Friedersdorf’s many speaking and workshop engagements throughout her career. The rest of the collection consists of biographical documentation about her professional career. Very little information about Dr. Friedersdorf’s life outside of her Purdue career is included in the collection.

Biographical Note

Nancy Friedersdorf served in Purdue University’s Office of the Dean of Women and Office of the Dean of Students from 1969 to 1989 in various roles: Counselor, Assistant Dean of Women, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Undergraduate Testing Center, and Coordinator of Counseling Services. She was also a visiting professor in the Department of Education for several years. Friedersdorf was the first woman President of the Indiana Personnel and Guidance Association. She represented Purdue University as Spokesperson for the Purdue Alumni Association and she has published articles in the Purdue Alumni magazine on women students, student religious concerns, and the demographics of university students. In 1980, Friedersdorf was instrumental in organizing valuable forums and workshops for Purdue advisors, which eventually grew into the Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA), an organization which actively promotes the quality of academic advising at Purdue.  In 1983, she received the prestigious Helen B. Schleman Award. She is an honorary member of Omicron Delta Kappa, The Reamer Club, and Alpha Phi Omega. Friedersdorf has shown her commitment to the Purdue community through a multitude of speaking engagements for students, alumni, and parents.

Subject/Index Terms

Friedersdorf, Nancy, 1927-
Sex discrimination in higher education--United States
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women college administrators--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: 20131104; 20131022

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 mss. boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Nancy Friedersdorf, PhD

Acquisition Method: Donated by Nancy Friedersdorf, September 11, 2013.

Preferred Citation: MSF 484, Nancy Friedersdorf papers, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Pu rdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Virginia Pleasant, May 2, 2016

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msf484_friedersdorf.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Biographical Information, 1972 - 1999],
[Series 2: Speeches, 1968 - 1989],