Facility Spotlight: C-SPAN Archives
The C-SPAN Archives, located at the Purdue Research Park in
West Lafayette, Ind., index all C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public
Affairs Network) programming from its three networks, including speeches and debates. Available online at www.c-span.org,
the archives has 40,000 online views daily.
The archives began within the Purdue University School of
Liberal Arts in 1987. Eleven years later, when C-SPAN assumed
responsibility for archival operations, the facilities were relocated
to the Purdue Research Park. C-SPAN Archives staff handle all
indexing, abstracting and cataloging. Robert X. Browning, associate professor of communication and political science, directs
Nadia Brown, an associate professor of political science and
African American studies, uses C-SPAN oral histories available
through the archives to examine concepts in minority representation.
“Rarely have scholars used a legislator’s own words to systematically identify connections between legislators’ self-perceptions
and key concepts in minority politics and gender scholarship,” Brown says.
“The trend has been to use roll-call voting patterns or committee assignments to study the influence of race or gender in politics, but hearing and
watching these leaders through the video archives is a way to capture rich
information not available elsewhere.”
Through C-SPAN Archives, for example, Brown discovered Yvonne Brath-waite Burke, a black member of Congress who fought to keep the women’s
hair salon on Capitol Hill in the early 1970s. Congress traditionally has had
a variety of services such as a barbershop and hair salon accessible onsite
for government leaders’ convenience.
“At the time, the few women in Congress didn’t want to go on record saying they wanted to keep the salon because they worried their constituents
would make assumptions about getting their hair done, even though the
men could keep the barbershop,” Brown says. “But she said, ‘Put my name
on it. Women should enjoy the same privileges as men.’”
C-SPAN is a private, non-profit public service created in 1979 by Purdue
alumnus Brian Lamb to provide live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S.
House of Representatives. Since those early days, C-SPAN has grown into
a diverse information service that provides public affairs programming 24
hours a day in a variety of formats.
By the Numbers
» 218,362.7203: Number of hours of programming in the video library,
as of Jan. 9, 2016
» 99.6%: Percent of video collection that is now digital
» 480,000: Number of videos duplicated since 1987
» 154,573: Videos viewed this year, as of Jan. 9, 2016
Rupp Named Purdue's
Research Integrity Officer
Deborah Rupp, professor
and the William C. Byham
Chair in Industrial-Organiza-tional Psychology, has been
named Purdue's research
Rupp succeeds Peter Dunn,
who has served in the role
since its creation in 2003
and has been responsible
for administering Purdue's
policy on research misconduct since 1995. Dunn,
professor of entomology, will be returning full time
to the faculty.
Rupp conducts research on organizational justice,
behavioral ethics, corporate social responsibility, and
humanitarian work psychology as well as on issues
surrounding behavioral assessment, technology,
bias and the law. Her research has been cited in U.S.
Supreme Court proceedings, and she has worked
with myriad organizations around the world.
Rupp is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science,
and the Society for Industrial and Organizational
Psychology (SIOP). She has published three books
and over 90 papers and chapters, which have been
cited over 8,000 times, and is currently serving as a
SIOP representative to the United Nations.