This guide is for finding archival resources that document the history of student activism at Purdue and of the faculty and staff that have been supportive of student activism. It also covers resources pertaining to diverse communities such as African American, LGBTQ, Latino,and others that have been historically marginalized and have had to struggle to have their voices heard. These resources all fall under the umbrella of our affiliation with Project STAND, a nation-wide academic library initiative to document the history of student activism. See the About Project Stand page for more information.
This guide provides direct links to relevant resources broken down into three categories: collections pertaining to student activism, collections pertaining to diverse communities, and other resources worth exploring such as clippings, books and digital collections. There are also links to several search tools for further research.
Archival resources are one-of-a-kind materials such as diaries, letters, and photos that are preserved because these materials have long-term value for research. In the Purdue Archives & Special Collections we collect the papers of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni as well as records produced by university departments and student groups. For more information about using the Purdue Archives, please see our guide Primary Sources in Archives & Special Collections.
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To find out more about using the Purdue Archives and Special Collections, view our ASC Overview guide or visit our website to the Archives and Special Collections to use a variety of different search tools.
The Archives are located on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSSE) Library. We are open to the public Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Hours may be abbreviated during semester breaks and in the summertime. We encourage visitors to contact us about your research visit in advance so that we can better serve you.
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