Earhart exhibit showcases world's largest display on pioneer aviator

Amelia Earhart
Purdue Libraries' Division of Archives and Special Collections has opened a display for the world's largest collection of papers, memorabilia and artifacts related to Amelia Earhart, the pioneer pilot who paved new paths for women at the university and in society.

"Amelia Earhart: The Aviator, the Advocate, and the Icon" opened Monday March 1 and will be shown through May 28 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday.

Earhart worked at Purdue from 1935-1937 as a career counselor for women students and an adviser to the Department of Aeronautics. While at the university, she lived on campus in what is now known as Duhme Hall in the Windsor Court complex. She met formally and informally with students, seldom speaking about her achievements in aviation, but instead focusing on vocational aptitudes, goals and careers for women. At a time when opportunities for women were limited and most studied home economics at Purdue, Earhart said all people - men and women - could be whatever they wanted to be.

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