By Mary A. Sego
Scope and Contents of the Materials
This collection includes an article written by Lella Gaddis in 1917 as well as clippings and photographs pertaining to her life, activities, and work.
Lella Gaddis was born May 29, 1877, in Rossville, Indiana, and was a member of a prominent Tippecanoe County pioneer family. She graduated from the old Lafayette High School in 1896 and attended Purdue University from 1913 to 1915. Professor Gaddis taught in the Purdue summer school in 1914, and assisted in training the first home economics vocational teachers in the state. She was appointed state leader of Home Demonstration Agents in 1917, a post which she held until her retirement in 1947. Professor Gaddis was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Home Economics Association, Indiana Home Economics Association of which she was honorary president, Indiana Federation of Clubs, Alpha Chi Omega, Altrusa Club, Purdue Women's Club, and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and Lafayette Art Association. She died on January 16, 1968, after an illness of three weeks, in the Knights of Pythias Home where she had been a resident for one year. She had no immediate survivors.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
An addition to the Lella Gaddis papers (Folder Two) was donated to the Archives and Special Collections by Miriam Epple Heath on December 15, 2009.
Alternate Extent Statement:
Collection is open for research.
MSF 138, Lella R. Gaddis papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Folder:
[Folder 1: Article, 1917
[Folder 2: Clippings and photographs pertaining to the life and work of Lella Reed Gaddis, Undated],
- Folder 2: Clippings and photographs pertaining to the life and work of Lella Reed Gaddis, Undated
Ex-State Home Ec Leader Dies [No publication information.] January 16, 1968. Lella Reed Gaddis, [No author, date or publication information.]
Restoration notes on Lella Reed Gaddis portrait - Program for dedication and unveiling of the Lella Reed Gaddis portrait.
Four 4 x 6, color photographs of a dressing screen carved by Lella Gaddis.
Photograph reproduction of the portrait of Lella Gaddis painted by Randolph Coates.
Image of vase hand painted by Lella Gaddis in 1897.