From child care to general health concerns, Purdue has long played a role in improving day-to-day lives. These archived photos showcase some of the teaching and research that has taken place over the years.
Purdue women in gym class work on posture. (Courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)
Professor L.M. Baker (above, right) conducts a polygraph study with a student. Readings in blood pressure, galvanic reflex and temperature are recorded by the machine, which was reported to be more accurate than any other built. (Courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)
Students cook in an early food laboratory class in the School of Home Economics.
These children in a Purdue nursery school enjoy some mid-morning snacks in the 1940s.
Max D. Steer (above, second from right), the founder of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and early audiologists use scientific instruments to record speech and analyze breathing. (Courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections)