Mary Purchase Papers,[ca. 1937-1988]

Collection Number: 23-19-3201

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Mary Purchase Papers, [ca. 1937-1988].
Collection Number:
23-19-3201
Creator:
Mary Elizabeth Purchase.
Quantity:
1 cubic ft.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes correspondence, publications, awards, and studies concerning Mary Purchase's career and her work on detergents, water quality, laundry, consumers and the economy.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Professor of Textiles and Apparel, Cornell University.
Mary Purchase came to Cornell in 1945 as a graduate student in chemistry, having earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in education and mathematics. After completing her master' degree, she was an instructor for three years in the Department of Household Economics and Management in the College of Home Economics. In 1951, she left Cornell for Iowa State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in household equipment and chemistry in 1957.
She returned to Cornell in 1961 as an associate professor in the Department of Household Economics and Management. In 1969 she served as graduate faculty representative and department extension leader in the newly formed Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. In 1973, Dr. Purchase was named professor and with the 1985 reorganization, became a member of the Department of Textiles and Apparel. She retired in 1986 and became emeritus professor that same year.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes correspondence, publications, awards, and studies concerning Mary Purchase's career and her work on detergents, water quality, laundry, consumers and the economy.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Purchase, Mary Elizabeth.
Cornell University--Faculty.

Subjects:
Washing machines.
Consumers--United States.
Laundry.
Water Quality.
Detergents--Environmental aspects.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Publications
Boxes 1, Folders 1-5
Series II. Projects/Studies
Boxes 1, Folders 6-13
Series III. Conferences/Workshops
Boxes 1, Folders 14-21
Series IV. Correspondence
Boxes 1, Folders 22-45
Series V. Awards
Boxes 1

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Articles
1950-1969
Box 1 Folder 2
Articles
1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 3
Articles
1972-1981
Box 1 Folder 4
Articles
1982-1988
Box 1 Folder 5
Memos
1979-1982
Box 1 Folder 5A
Articles, Memos Written by Mary Purchase
1983-1988
Box 1 Folder 6
Detergent-Phosphorus — information verification project
1984
Box 1 Folder 7
Detergent-Phosphate Ban Controversy — summary report
1984
Box 1 Folder 8
Detergent-Phosphate Ban-Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin
1984
Box 1 Folder 9
Detergent Ban — "Consumer Costs Associated with Detergent Phosphate Bans" report by Proctor and Gamble
1981
Box 1
Home Economists' submissions to the International Joint Commission
1980
Box 1 Folder 11
Detergent Legislation
1971
Box 1 Folder 12
Research report for Proctor and Gamble
1981
Box 1 Folder 13
Clay Soil Study
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 46
Residual Soil on Laundered Fabric - Hatch #280
no date
Box 1 Folder 14
In-service conference-"Consumers and the Economy"
1977
Box 1 Folder 15
Conference - "Consumer and the Economy"
1978
Box 1 Folder 16
Food Editors Conference
1978
Box 1 Folder 17
Human Ecology Institute- "Energy: Consumer Policy"
1978
Box 1 Folder 18
Workshop- "Cooking with Microwaves"
1978, 1979
Box 1 Folder 19
Symposium — Third Domestic Water Quality
1979
Box 1 Folder 20
"Toward a Philosophy of Home Management"- sponsored by United States Office of Education - Penn State
1962
Box 1 Folder 21
National Secretaries Association Presentation
1979
Box 1 Folder 22
General
1983-07-1984-06
Box 1 Folder 23
General
1982-07-1983-06
Box 1 Folder 24
General
1981-07-1982-06
Box 1 Folder 25
General
1980-07-1981-06
Box 1 Folder 26
General
1979-07-1980-06
Box 1 Folder 27
General
1978-07-1979-06
Box 1 Folder 28
General
1977-07-1978-06
Box 1 Folder 29
General
1975-07-1976-06
Box 1 Folder 30
General
1973-07-1974-06
Box 1 Folder 31
General
1972-07-1973-06
Box 1 Folder 32
General
1971-07-1972-06
Box 1 Folder 33
Correspondence concerning detergents
1972-1973
Box 1 Folder 34
General
1969-07-1970-06
Box 1 Folder 35
General
1968-07-1969-06
Box 1 Folder 36
General
1966-07-1967-06
Box 1 Folder 37
General
1965-07-1966-06
Box 1 Folder 38
General
1964-07-1965-06
Box 1 Folder 39
General
1963-07-1964-06
Box 1 Folder 40
Correspondence concerning Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool
1975-1984
Box 1 Folder 41
Correspondence concerning dishwashers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators
1947-1972
Box 1 Folder 42
Correspondence concerning detergents
1937-1974
Box 1 Folder 43
Correspondence concerning dust, equipment selection, finishes on fabric, home management and hoods
1946-1971
Box 1 Folder 44
Correspondence concerning housecleaning, humidifiers, irons, laundering, metal cleaning, microwave ovens, odors and ranges
1949-1973
Box 1 Folder 45
Correspondence concerning shampooing, soap, stain removal, testing products, vacuum cleaners, water softeners
1948-1972
Box 1
ASTM- fellow — Recognition of exceptional leadership and acute technical and editorial insights and for diplomatic recommendations that bring together opposing points of view which were major contributions to the progress of F-11
1986
Folder 1
Caricature of Mary - done for her retirement