Cornell Bell

Dr. Cornell A. Bell, who passed away in 2009, was honored with a Purdue Libraries special exhibit during Homecoming Weekend. (Photo by John Underwood)

Bell's legacy preserved in Purdue archives

Later on the day of the Homecoming Weekend celebration announcing the naming of the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, another Krannert luminary was honored.

Many of the same people at the Parrish event migrated to the Purdue Libraries to attend the Archives and Special Collections exhibit, “Purdue’s Bellwether of Diversity: The Life & Legacy of Dr. Cornell Bell.”

The exhibit was based on and also introduced items from the Archives’ Cornell A. Bell Papers documenting the life and work of the Krannert educator and diversity champion.

“Dr. Bell was personally involved and greatly dedicated in helping provide opportunities to hundreds of students through the Business Opportunity Program,” says Shauna Borger, digital collections coordinator, who served as the curator for the exhibit and collection.

“He worked tirelessly, writing recommendations and counseling hundreds of students. The letters and photographs from former students in the program demonstrate the devotion they had to their mentor,” Borger says. “We wanted to celebrate his life because he touched so many lives.”

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