MS 773 - Melvene Draheim Hardee Papers
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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 The collection consists of correspondence, both personal and professional; publications, unpublished writing, subject and research files written or compiled by Dr.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.
Resume/List of achievements
Speeches and Presentations
Honors and Awards
News Clippings and Articles about Hardee
Unpublished Manuscripts and Writings