UR.07.004 Women's Athletics collection, 1904-1961

Women's Athletics collection 1908-1960UR.07.004

Summary Information

Title
Women's Athletics collection
Inclusive Dates
1904-1961
Extent
1.42 Cubic feet
Call Number
UR.07.004
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Stanley Alston (2009)
Repository
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Drexel University--History
  • Physical fitness for women
  • Women in higher education

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Administrative History

Physical education became part of the Drexel curriculum for both men and women beginning in 1892, shortly after the institute's founding. The Department of Physical Training took a holistic approach to physical education, emphasizing gymnastic exercise rather than competitive sports because it benefited many people instead of a talented few. Competitive sports were organized informally by students, and the Women's Athletic Association was founded as the Young Women's Basketball Association sometime before 1908 to coordinate intramural sports for women, which became increasingly popular after World War I. In 1921, intervarsity competition began, as the women’s basketball team had its first game against Swarthmore College. Within the next twenty years, women at Drexel formed teams in badminton, volleyball, field hockey, archery, riflery, bowling, tennis, ice skating, and horseback riding. The Women's Athletic Association ended in 1974; formal classes in physical education were required for both men and women through 1997.

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Scope and content note

The bulk of the collection consists of minutes of Women's Athletic Association meetings from 1908 to 1913, 1928-1949, and 1956-1958 and financial records from 1904 to 1914 and 1946 to 1960. At earlier dates, financial records of the WAA and the physical education department are maintained separately, but during the later period they are interfiled together. The collection also includes a series of sheet music; articles, programs, and publications relating to physical education for women.

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Collection Inventory

Minutes 1908-1958   1.0 Linear feet

BoxFolder

Minutes, 1908-1913 1908-1913   1.0 folder

11

Minutes, 1928-1931 1928-1931   1.0 folder

12

Minutes, 1931-1933 1931-1933   1.0 folder

13

Minutes, 1935-1939 1935-1939   1.0 folder

14

Minutes, 1939-1945 1939-1945   1.0 folder

15

Minutes, 1941-1949 1941-1949   1.0 folder

16

Minutes, 1948-1949 1948-1949   1.0 folder

17

Minutes, 1956-1957 1956-1957   1.0 folder

18

Minutes, 1957-1958 1957-1958   1.0 folder

19

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Financial Records 1904-1961   1.0 Linear feet

BoxFolder

Women's Athletics Expense Record 1947-1953   1.0 folder

21

Receipts (Women's Athletics) 1947-1956   1.0 folder

22

Women's Athletics - Expenses 1950-1953   1.0 folder

23

Ledger Sheets 1953   1.0 folder

24

Women's Athletic Association 1953-1955   1.0 folder

25

Women's Athletics - Expenses 1953-1955   1.0 folder

26

Women's Athletics 1904-1914   1.0 folder

31

Account of the Treasurer, Young Women's Athletic Association 1913-1949   1.0 folder

32

Women's Athletics - Expenses 1959-1960   1.0 folder

33

Women's Athletic Association Statements 1960-1961   1.0 folder

34

Women's Athletics - Expenses 1957-1958   1.0 folder

35

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Women's Physical Education 1909-1960   1.0 Linear feet

BoxFolder

Women's Phys Ed Department - Ledger Sheet 1953-1955   1.0 folder

27

Women's Phys Ed, Women's A.A. Recorded Expenses 1954-1955   1.0 folder

28

Women's Physical Education 1957-1960   1.0 folder

29

Outline of Physcial Education 1917   1.0 folder

210

Natural Dance Studies 1928   1.0 folder

211

Physical Education Bulletin 1931   1.0 folder

212

Pennsylvania Division. Athletic and Recreation Federation... 1958   1.0 folder

213

Turkey in the Straw 1921   1.0 folder

36

Folk Dances and Singing Games 1909   1.0 folder

37

Gymnastics and Folk Dancing 1916   1.0 folder

38

Spring Festivals 1926-1930   1.0 folder

39

Sidewalks of New York 1928   1.0 folder

310

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