Adriana M Harmeyer

University Title:
Clinical Assistant Professor, Archivist for University History
Archives & Special Collections
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Courses Taught:
Provide embedded instruction, workshops, guest lectures, consultations, and activity development with faculty across a variety of disciplines.
Past collaborations include Art & Design; American Studies; Cornerstone; Exploratory Studies; English; History; Honors; Information Science; Music; Technology; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
MS in Information specializing in Archives & Records Management and Preservation of Information, University of Michigan
BA in History with minor in Latin, Marshall University
Honors and Awards:
John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service to Purdue University Faculty and Students, 2023
Joseph M. Dagnese Memorial Award for Excellence in Service to the Libraries, 2019
Dean's Team Award (as part of the Archives and Special Collections staff), 2019
Memberships and Service:
Midwest Archives Conference
Member, 2016-present
Member, Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students Committee, 2018-2022
Editor, MAC Newsletter, 2020-2023
Editor, Archival Issues, 2023-present
Society of Indiana Archivists
Member, 2013-present
Editor, SIA News & Notes, 2014-2020


Harmeyer, Adriana and Tracy Grimm. “Special Collections as Muse: The Use of Rare Books and Archives to Inspire Creative Works.” In Creators in the Academic Library, edited by Rebecca Zuege Kuglitsch and Alexander C. Watkins, 15-28. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2023.
Hovde, David, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie Morris. Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2019.


Curator, “Impressions: The Life, Works, and Legacy of Bruce Rogers,” January-June 2020.
Co-curator, “Around the World in 150 Years: Purdue’s International Footprint,” January-March 2019.
Co-curator, “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change at Purdue,” April-August 2018.
Curator, “Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Experience,” January-June 2017.


Media Appearances

“’An Appalling Catastrophe’: The Purdue Train Wreck of 1903,” Journey Indiana, November 19, 2019, Indiana Public Media.

Radio Interviews
“The Sixties” exhibit interview, WBAA Radio, May 2018.
“Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up” exhibit interview, WBAA Radio, January 2017.

Newspaper Interviews
“A Senior Tradition You Might Not Know About,” New York Times, May 6, 2023.
"Stewart Center mural turns 60 years old, Purdue Exponent, September 27, 2021.
“Glass from the past,” Purdue Exponent, April 5, 2021.
“'Mysterious' South Tower encourages investigation,” Purdue Exponent, October 25, 2018.
“Purdue Halloween throughout history,” Purdue Exponent, October 25, 2018.
“Purdue’s Old Pump, a symbol of campus romance and pranks, gets a makeover,” Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier, April 13, 2018.
“The Last Flight: A look into Earhart's record attempt,” Purdue Exponent, November 17, 2017.
“Correcting a case of mistaken identity,” Southeast Iowa Union, June 2015.
“Remembering Lincoln,” Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel, April 15, 2015.
“Treasured Lincoln collection in spotlight 150 yrs after assassination,” WANE News, April 15, 2015.

Professional Presentations
“Collaborative Teaching with Archives and Special Collections.” Panel co-moderator. International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2024. (Forthcoming)
“Teaching the Student and the Teacher: Developing Archival Literacies.” Co-presented with Kristin Leaman. RBMS, 2023.
“Sharing at a Distance: Virtual Engagement for Classes, Tours, and More.” Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, 2021.
“Building a Campus Community: Connections among Students, Faculty, and Staff in Purdue University’s First Fifty Years,” part of the panel on “University History: Perspectives from Purdue’s Sesquicentennial and IU’s Bicentennial.” Indiana Association of Historians Conference, 2019.
"Archival Revitalization: Transforming Technical Services with Innovative Workflows." Panelist, Midwest Archives Conference, 2019.
“Who, What, When, Where: Creating and Implementing a Campus-Archives Interactions Database.” Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, 2019.