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Women's Athletic Association Records

Identifier: UA 83

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three minute books of the Women's Athletic Association at the College of William and Mary covering 1923-1937, 1937-1958, and 1960-1962. The books also contain several constitutions.


  • Creation: 1923-1962
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1923-1962


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Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Historical Note:

Women's athletics were overseen by the Women's Athletic Association, whose purpose was "the promotion of healthful and recreative physical activities for all women students of this college." All regularly matriculated women paid an athletic fee and were members of the association. It was run by a committee composed of three officers elected by the women and three faculty members appointed by the college president. The committee named team managers, approved schedules, set academic eligibility requirements for playing varsity sports, purchased equipment, and at one meeting decided to ask members of the Edith Baer Home Economics Club to remodel the previous year's basketball uniforms to fit the new team in order to spare the expense of new uniforms. They also set up a point system that awarded monograms for participation in intramural sports. Basically, the association wanted athletics to be open to all who were interested and not just to the most talented.


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Custodial History:

This material was formerly part of the University Archives Publications Collection.

Related Materials:

Athletic Association Records (UA 81)

Guide to the Women's Athletic Association Records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository