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RG XV

Radcliffe College. Department of Physical Education. Records of the Radcliffe College Department of Physical Education, 1901-1973: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: RG XV
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Radcliffe College. Department of Physical Education
Title: Records of the Radcliffe College Department of Physical Education, 1901-1973
Date(s): 1901-1973
Quantity: 7.58 linear feet (4 cartons, 2 file boxes, 2 folio+ boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Includes records of the Department of Physical Education, such as student athletic and financial records; Athletic Association treasurer's reports and account books, minutes and constitutions; and material about the Outing Club, other sports clubs and recreational teams.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Department of Physical Education is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Radcliffe College. Department of Physical Education Records, 1901-1973; item description, dates. RG XV, Series, box #, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

Although opportunities to play sports (gymnastics, 1881; basketball, 1895; tennis) were provided to Radcliffe students in earlier years, the Department of Physical Education was not established until the opening of the gymnasium in 1898. After 1915, the department administered medical examinations, compulsory physical education, and after 1920, a swimming test. It continued these functions until 1924 when physical education became a sub-department of Health Education. The Office of Sports, Dance and Recreation supervised the athletics program from 1960 to 1971. Since 1971, Harvard University has administered athletic programs; recreational programs such as arts, crafts and dance have been the responsibility of the Office of the Arts. Radcliffe's Athletic Association was formed in 1901 and sponsored intramural and intercollegiate competitions in gymnastics, basketball, field hockey, swimming and other sports.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Includes records of the Department of Physical Education, such as student athletic and financial records; Athletic Association treasurer's reports and account books, minutes and constitutions; and material about the Outing Club, other sports clubs and recreational teams.

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Additional Index Terms

Physical education for women
Radcliffe College. Athletic Association
Radcliffe College--Sports

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