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Melvene Draheim Hardee Papers - MS 773
The Melvene Draheim Hardee Papers were donated over a period of several months in 1993, by Dr. Hardee. The collection consists of correspondence, both personal and professional; publications, unpublished writing, subject and research files written or compiled by Dr. Hardee; and, news articles about her and honors received. The papers date from 1931 to 1994. No restrictions exist on the use of these papers and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and finding aid prepared by Ann Bowers, National Student Affairs Archivist, in December 2005.
Melvene Draheim Hardee was raised in Clarion, Iowa and received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State Teachers College. She then continued her education, receiving a masters degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. She was an instructor and head of the Communications Laboratory at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri until she was hired in 1948 by Florida State University as the first coordinator of counseling. Also in 1948, she married Thomas Hardee, meeting him earlier in the summer while a visiting professor at the University of Mississippi.
In 1959, she was one of the founding members of the Department of Higher Education at Florida State University and she continued to teach in this department until her retirement in 1989. In 1977, while still teaching at Florida State University she also was appointed as the first director of the Center for Studies of Women in Educational Management Systems. This Center was renamed the Melvene Draheim Hardee Center for Women in Higher Education in 1992, honoring her leadership and support. In 1980, she was appointed as the first director of the Institute for Studies in Higher Education at FSU.
Most important to Dr. Hardee was the mentoring of graduate students. She served as a major advisor and dissertation director for 120 doctoral students and supervised the work of more than 100 master students. Several of her students received national and regional awards for their dissertations
She authored several books and many articles in the areas of academic advising, history of higher education, the American college student, international students and women administrators. She also was very active in professional associations, serving as President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), president of the Southern College Personnel Association and active on the regional and national levels in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In 1964, she was presented with the ACPA Award for Distinguished Service. In 1979, she was the recipient of NASPA’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to American Higher Education and in 1988, she received the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence. NASPA’s Dissertation of the Year Award was named the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award in 1986.
Although research, writing, teaching and professional involvement took most of her time, she still returned on weekends to the 877-acre farm purchased by her and her husband in Valdosta, Georgia. Although her husband died very unexpectedly in 1962, she continued to manage the farm. She increased it in size from the original 90-acre farm, planted over 450 acres in pine trees with the help of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, and created ponds and wildlife sanctuaries.
Dr. Hardee died in December 1994.
The Melvene Draheim Hardee Papers are organized into six Record Groups: Correspondence, Academic and Professional Papers, Publications, Subject Files, Research Files, and Audio-Visuals. These Record Groups are divided into Record Series which are described below.
Arranged by date and correspondent
Includes letters written to her parents while a student at Iowa State Teachers College and Columbia University and two letters with her husband.
Arranged by date and correspondent
Includes letters mostly written to her by students and colleagues and a few written by her in response. The letters contain information about her teaching and mentoring characteristics as well as her involvement in the profession.
Resume/List of achievements
c. 1985, 1988
Includes detailed professional resume. Also includes lists of advisees.
1932, 1934, 1945
Includes official documents from Iowa State Teachers College and award notice of fellowship at University of Chicago.
Speeches and Presentations
Arranged chronologically (located with journal articles in Box 3) Includes speeches and presentations given at professional conferences, educational institutions, and various organizations and groups.
Honors and Awards
1964-1995 (scattered dates)
Includes professional awards and honors, introductions at conferences and memorials given on her death.
News Clippings and Articles about Hardee
Includes newspaper and magazine articles about Hardee and her professional and academic contributions and achievements.
Includes monographs (listed separately in Box 2), and journal articles (Box 3) written or edited by Hardee.
Unpublished Manuscripts and Writings
1938, 1939, 1960-1993, n.d.
Arranged by subject
Includes manuscripts and writings on counseling, academic advising, higher education and doctoral students. Also includes poetry.
Arranged by subject and within chronologically
Includes various documents collected and compiled with notations by Hardee on: Florida State University Counseling, Florida State University censorship and student protest, Florida State University Institute for Studies in Higher Education, Hardee Center for Women in Higher Education, Role of women administrators and women in public service and higher education, UNESCO Roundtable on Role and Nature of Higher Education in Contemporary Society in Asia, Committee of Five (documentation of Hardee's contributions)
Arranged by subject and within chronologically
Includes news clippings, articles, notes, reports, statements, legal documents compiled by Hardee on:
University of Mississippi, Brown vs. Board of Education, College Personnel Work/Education in the South, Orangeburg, South Carolina massacre of 1968, Berkeley Free Speech Movement.
Arranged chronologically (Located in Box 1)
Includes photographs documenting Hardee from high school throughout her professional career. Includes photographs of Hardee, from conferences and with colleagues and students.
Taped interview with Mel Hardee on Student Affairs-Past, Present and Future with Dr. Richard Masburn. (one inch tape-needs to be reformatted)
- News clippings of activities in 8th grade-high school, n.d.
- Letter from Beatrice Serber, February 18, 1931
- Letters written to parents while student at Iowa State Teachers College, October-December 1931
- Letters written to parents while student at Iowa State Teachers College, January-June 1932
- Official documents from Iowa State Teachers College, 1932, 1934
- Letter to parents-passing masters degree exams at Columbia University, May 9, 1937
- Award of doctoral fellowship notice-University of Chicago, April 2, 1945
- Two letters written to and from husband, Tom Hardee, September 14, 1948, July 2?, 1962
- Draheim Family Foundation gift to Clarion-Goldfield School District, January 1994
- Professional Resume, c. 1985
- Correspondence to Hardee from students and colleagues (includes a few from Hardee), 1961-1969
- Correspondence to Hardee from students and colleagues (includes a few from Hardee), 1971-1979
- Correspondence to Hardee from students and colleagues (includes a few from Hardee), 1980-1994, n.d.
- Correspondence with Hardee from:
Esther Lloyd-Jones, 1984-1990
C. Gilbert Wrenn, 1985-1987
Dyck Vermilye, 1982-1993
- Letters from Hardee, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1994
- Awards and Honors (includes introductions at conferences and memorials on her death), 1964-1995 (scattered dates)
- News clippings and articles about Hardee, 1948-1987, n.d.
- Photographs documenting Hardee: High School-College-Professional Career-Conferences-Colleagues, 1931-1987, n.d.
- Manual for Educational Counselors at Florida State University (editor), 1950/51, 1953/54
- Freedom and Campus Crusades: Governance in Camelot, 1969
- Faculty Advising in Colleges and Universities-ACPA Student Personnel Series #9, 1970
- Content Analysis as a Research Tool for Higher Education (editor), August 1972
- The American College Student: Impacts and Compacts Series II-Department of Higher Education, Florida State University (editor), c. 1972
- "The Educational Enterprise and Its Orientation to Students" in Student as Person, Colloquium held Nov. 14-16, 1975
- Journal articles, speeches, presentations, 1950-1969
- Journal articles, speeches, presentations, 1970-1973
- Journal articles, speeches, presentations, 1974-1979
- Journal articles, speeches, presentations, 1980-1992
- Journal articles, speeches, presentations, n.d.
- Manuscript-A Comprehensive Counseling Program For Higher Education, 1960
- Writings on Academic Advising, n.d.
- Manuscript-Forward for The Encounter with Diversity Confrontation or Community, n.d.
- Manuscript-Higher Education: The Greatest Show on Earth in the 70s, n.d.
- Doctoral student expectations-based on 3 students "Three Musketeers", 1987, 1993
- Poems (unpublished), 1938, 1939, 1964-1980, n.d.
- Subject File: Florida State University Counseling 1944-1958
-The Faculty Counselor, Florida State College for Women, 1944
-Seminar booklet for academic counselors at FSU, 1947
-Counseling and Guidance at FSU, 1950-51
-A Concise Report of the Initiation of the Office of Coordinator of Counseling and Resulting Practices and Procedures, 1958
- Subject File: Florida State University-censorship and student protest, 1968
- Subject File: Florida State University Institute for Studies in Higher Education, 1980-1984
-Newsletter, December 1980
-Operations Guide, 1981-1982
-1984-2008: Predictions for Higher Education from the 25th anniversary colloquium (establishment of the Department of Higher Education at FSU)
-Syllabus: The American College Student (course taught by Hardee), 1987
- Subject File: Florida State University Hardee Center for Women in Higher Education-reports, correspondence, presentations, administrative files, photographs, 1973-1994
- Subject File: Florida State University Role of Woman Administrator in Education-curriculum, papers, 1979-1991, (sc.)
- Subject File: General on women in public service and higher education, 1964, 1977, n.d.
- Subject File: Committee of Five, "Mentor in the Intellectual Community-A Study in Transition-Midwest To Midsouth" (chronicle of Hardee's contributions), 1994
- Subject File: UNESCO Roundtable on Role and Nature of Higher Education in Contemporary Society in Asia, 1972
- Research File: University of Mississippi-news clippings, articles, papers concerning civil rights, Faulkner, and southern culture, 1962-1988
- Research File: Brown vs. Board of Education-news-clippings, articles, notes, legal summaries, 1989-1992
- Research File: College Personnel Work/Education in the South, includes conference reports of the Southern College Personnel Association, paper by Hardee, Reports on education in South, 1952-1954, 1986, 1989
- Research File: Orangeburg, S.C. massacre of 1968-news clippings, articles, papers, tapes, photographs, 1970-1988
- Research File: Berkeley Free Speech Movement/Rights of Students-news clippings, articles, reports, official statements on student rights, 1962-1986
- Taped interview with Mel Hardee on Student Affairs-Past, Present and Future
- CD of the James Boys and Annie Oakley presentation, NASPA Conference, Atlanta, 1977
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