Stephanie Schmitz

University Title:
Clinical Associate Professor, Betsy Gordon Archivist for Psychoactive Substances Research
Archives & Special Collections
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Courses Taught:
Please see below.
MLS, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006
BS, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003
Honors and Awards:
Dean's Team Award (as part of the Archives and Special Collections staff), 2019
Dean's Award for a Significant Advancement of the Libraries Strategic Initiative, 2018
Joseph Dagnese Award for Excellence in Service to the Purdue Libraries, 2011


Beyond Acid Free: A Day in the Life of a Psychoactive Substances Archivist
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Psychedelic Science, April 2017

Sources at our Fingertips: Purdue's Psychoactive Substance Research Collection
More Than Skin Deep: Introducing Medical Humanities at Purdue, November 2016

Highs and Lows: Collecting the History of Psychoactive Substances Research
Society of American Archivists, August 2016

An Introduction to the Psychoactive Substances Research Collection
Psychedemia: Integrating Psychedelics in Academia, University of Pennsylvania, October 2012

A Cornucopia of Government Information (with Marianne Ryan)
United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Conference, May 2010

Additionally, I have regularly provided lectures to community organizations, university staff and other groups about the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives and the Psychoactive Substances Research Collection.

Other Information


Embedded - Two or more class sessions with an active learning components and interaction with students throughout the course of the semester:

HIST 495: History of Psychedelic Psychiatry (online), 2020
HIST 395: History of Sex, Race, and Science, 2020
HIST 488: History of Sexual Regulation, 2019
HIST 480: History of Madness and the Asylum, 2018
ENGL 420: Business Writing, 2018
HIST 498: History of Medicine and Madness, 2018
HIST 470: History of Women in Medicine and Health, 2017
HIST 395: History of Medicine in the Archives (Service Learning component), 2017
HIST 315: History of American Beauty, 2016
WGSS 280: Intro to Women’s Studies, 2016

Guest Lectures - Single class session with active learning component:

ENGL 419: Digital and Print Media, 2021
HIST 610: History Research Practicum (online), 2021
ANTH 500: Qualitative Data Management, 2020
HIST 480: History of Madness and the Asylum, 2020
ILS 695: Print and Digital Archives, 2020
ANTH 592: Qualitative Data Management, 2019
HIST 313: History of Medical Technology and Innovation, 2019
HIST 314: STEM and Gender, 2019
ILS 695: Digital and Print Archives, 2019
HONR 299: Underground Networks/Underground Media, 2018
HIST 303: History of Food in Modern America, 2017
ENGL 106: Freshman Comp for STEM Students, 2017
WGSS 682: Women’s Studies Research Methods, 2017
HIST 470: Women and Health in America, 2016
EDPS 300: Student Leadership Development, 2016
HONR 299: Describing Photographs, 2014
Various freshman-level Women’s Studies and Communications courses, 2014-2016


First in the Field - The Beginnings of the Nation’s First Computer Science Department (Co-curated), 2015
Surfaces and Contours - Celebrating Aldo Giorgini’s Contributions to Art and Science, 2015
Quest for Equality - Celebrating the Leadership, Advocacy, and Commitment of Five Purdue Women, 2014
Women at Work - Celebrating the Legacy of Purdue Women Engineers, 2013
Behind the Mast of Women’s Leadership - Celebrating the Legacy Dorothy Stratton (Co-curated), 2012
Soaring to New Heights - Purdue Women in Aviation, 2011
From Master Mix to Farming Tips - One Hundred Years of Agricultural Extension, 2011
Amelia Earhart: Aviatrix, Advocate, Icon (Co-curated), 2010
The Science of Psychoactive Substances, 2010
From the Kitchen to the Classroom - Lillian Gilbreth and Homemaking at Purdue University (Co-Curated), 2008
Chronicling Women’s History at Purdue - Selections from the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives, 2008
Curated displays for outreach and engagement purposes or special donor visits: Ongoing