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Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program


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Biographical Note

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Biographical Materials


Associated Materials, 1969-1989

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Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program, 1969-1989 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Shauna Borger, Katie Martin

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer) (1909-2008)

Other Creators: Andrews, Frederick Newcomb, Berkshire, William T., Beverley Stone (1916 - 2003), Bottum, J. Carroll, Brenes, Edwin, Brown, Herbert Charles (1912-2004), Cordell, Richard A. (1896-1986), Day, John S., Fan, H. Y., Fontaine, William E., Freehafer, Lytle J. (1910-1987), Freeman, Verne C., Gabbard, Edward, Goetsch, Gerald D., Haas, Felix, Haelterman, E. O., Hansen, Arthur G., Hawkins, George A. (George Andrew) (1907), Hicks, John W. (John William) (1921), Hovde, Frederick L. (1908-1983), Jenkins, Glenn L. (Glenn Llewellyn) (1898-1979), Karling, John S. (John Sidney) (1898-), Kerker, Ann E., Knoy, Maurice G., Koffler, Henry, Kohls, Richard L. (Richard Louis) (1921-), Lawshe, C. H. (Charles Hubert) (1908-2000), Mackey, Guy J., Mallett, Donald R., Mcnelly, George, Mellon, M. G. (Melvin Guy) (1893-1993), Moriarty, John Helenbeck (1903-), Morse, Erskine V., Ogle, Marbury Bladen (1879-), Parkhurst, Nelson M., Potter, Andrey A. A. (Andrey Abraham) (1882-1979), Purcell, Edward M., Roberts, Marcus Dale, Roberts, O. D., Schleman, Helen B. (Helen Blanche), (1902-1992), Shreve, Randolph Norris (1885-1975), Smalley, John C., Solberg, Harry L. (Harry Leland) (1898-), Sperandio, Glen J., Stewart, R. B., Stockton, Jack J., Tiffin, Joseph (1905-), Volk, Norman James, Weiler, Emanuel Thornton (1914-), White, H. W., Woods, Kenneth B. (Kenneth Brady) (1905-)

Extent: 6.5 Cubic feet


1.  Transcripts, 1969-1989 (1.8 cubic feet, 4.5 boxes).  The transcripts are housed separately from the media and are organized alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.

2. Biographical Materials, 1969-1989 (0.6 cubic feet, 1.5 boxes). The biographical materials are housed separately from the transcripts and are organized alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.

3.  Recordings, 1969-1989 (3.6 cubic feet, 8 boxes).  The media are separated by type and then organized alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee and include the following formats: audio cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes. 

4. Associated Materials, 1969-1989 (0.5 cubic feet, 1 box). This series includes materials with some association to the collection with unknown provenance.  Content may not have a direct relationship to the larger collection.

Subjects: Astronauts, College sports for women--United States, Purdue Alumni Association, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Presidents, Purdue University. Board of Trustees, Purdue University Retirees Association

Forms of Material: Sound recordings, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Types of materials include: printed material, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes. The collection includes interviews with Purdue Presidents and faculty on topics such as Purdue history and changes in academic departments over time. Recordings are found in formats which won’t readily have playback machinery on hand, namely audio cassette recordings and reel-to-reel. The collection is organized into four series.

Biographical Note

Earl Butz was born in Albion, Indiana. He recieved a BS in Agriculture in 1932 and his Doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1937, both from Purdue University. Butz stayed on at Purdue after receiving his Doctorate to teach in the agriculture department. From 1946 to 1954 he was head of the agricultural economics department. Butz was Dean of Agriculture from 1957 to 1967. From 1968 to 1971 Butz was Dean of Continuing Education and President of the Purdue Research Foundation. Under President Dwight Eisenhower he was Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and from 1971 to 1976 Butz became Secretary of Agriculture. He resigned as from that post in 1976.



Listen to Earl Butz's Oral History Interview

Subject/Index Terms

College sports for women--United States
Purdue Alumni Association
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Presidents
Purdue University. Board of Trustees
Purdue University Retirees Association

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: A few oral histories may have restricted access; please see staff for details.

Use Restrictions: Audio oral histories that do not have written transcripts may have restricted researcher use due to the physical condition of the materials. Please ask staff about individual use restrictions.

Physical Access Note: Forty-eight hour advance notice is required.

Acquisition Source: Purdue University Libraries

Acquisition Method: These tapes are a culmination of the ASC Oral History Program, Purdue Office of Publication, and various biographical interviews.

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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Transcripts, 1969-1989],
[Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1969-1989],
[Series 3: Recordings, 1969-1989],
[Series 4: Associated Materials, 1969-1989],