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Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection

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Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection, 1938-1977 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

By April Karlene Anderson

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Collection Overview

Title: Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection, 1938-1977Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-1973

ID: SA/IAI20XX_100

Primary Creator: Women's Recreation Association (1920-1973)

Extent: 20.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection is arranged into four series by material type. The first series contains scheduling packets and forms for the association's intercollegiate events. The second series holds publications both created by the association and by a group outside of the association. The third series includes photographs of association members and memorabilia created by the association. The fourth and largest series contains scrapbooks created by members of the association.

Subjects: College sports for women - Illinois - Normal., Illinois State Normal University. Women's Recreation Association, Illinois State University. Women's Recreation Association, Illinois State University at Normal. Women's Recreation Association

Languages: English

Abstract

The Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection contains items related to the operation and activities of the WRA. Materials include club handbooks, event schedules, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Events, 1962-1963, 1965-1967, contains schedules, calendars, and event information for the various activities of the association. Among the sports represented in this series are badminton, tennis, and swimming.

Series II: Publications, 1938, c. 1940, 1959-1960, 1963, 1966-1967, 1972-1973, 1977, holds publications created by the association and one publication created by the U.S. Field Hockey Association. WRA items include handbooks and a form letter sent to a local high school.

Series III: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1964-1967, undated, includes group photographs of association members. The series also holds an event spinner and two event awards.

Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1940-1941, 1947-1948, 1961-1963, 1965-1971, contains scrapbooks created by the association. Most organizational and event information can be found in these scrapbooks.

Collection Historical Note

For much of the 20th century, the Women's Recreation Association (WRA) was the group responsible for organizing intramural sports at Illinois State University. The group was founded in 1920 as the Women's Athletic Association with thirteen members. By the time the association changed its name to the Women's Recreation Association in 1940, the group included over 150 members. Though the group was geared towards women's activities, the WRA organized and hosted many co-ed events. As they are quoted in the 1941 ISNU yearbook, The Index, the purpose of the WRA was "to contribute to the recreational and social life of the student body in general - not just to promote activities". The WRA also organized events for groups such as the modern dance group Orchesis, square dance club Shufflin' Shoes, and the swimming club Varunas. As the association moved into the 1970's, a national shift was taking place in women's participation in athletics. More co-ed teams were being formed and intercollegiate sports were more widely accepted on university and college campuses. Though it is unclear when the WRA was officially disbanded, official university publications stopped referencing the WRA as a student organization after 1973. By the 1973-1974 school year, Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was listed as an official student organization and assumed the WRA's athletic event organization duties.

Biographical Note

Started in 1920 as the Women's Athletic Association, the Women's Recreation Association (WRA) was the organizing group for intercollegiate sports. It is unclear if the group disbanded in 1973 but its activities were continued by Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Subject/Index Terms

College sports for women - Illinois - Normal.
Illinois State Normal University. Women's Recreation Association
Illinois State University. Women's Recreation Association
Illinois State University at Normal. Women's Recreation Association

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: The entire collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials held within the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: These materials were transferred to the University Archives before the year 2000. The exact year of transfer is not known. They were inventoried as part of the larger University Archives collection in 2011. Awards and handbooks were donated by previous association members in the summer of 2013.

Related Materials:

Records of the Illinois State University Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER), Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Women's Physical Education Majors (PEM) Collection, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Preferred Citation: Women's Recreation Association (WRA) Collection, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Scrapbook pages were removed from their binding and foldered in order as they were when they were bound. Some items have fallen from their original place on the page. In most cases, these items are contained with their respective page. Some pages are stuck together and cannot be removed.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Events, 1962-1963, 1965-1967.],
[Series II: Publications, 1938, c. 1940, 1959-1960, 1963, 1966-1967, 1972-1973, 1977.],
[Series III: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1964-1967.],
[Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1940-1941, 1947-1948, 1961-1963, 1965-1971.],
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Series III: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1964-1967.Add to your cart.
Series III includes two professional group photographs of the Women's Recreation Association (WRA) members. Both photographs are in color but do not list members names. There is also one undated black and white photograph, presumably from a scrapbook, that shows members participating in an unknown event. This series also includes items created by the WRA such as a paper spinner showing what event was currently taking place for the WRA, a 2nd place tennis doubles award, and a badminton award.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Group Photographs, 1964-1965.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: WRA Activities Event Spinner, 1965-1966.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tennis Doubles Award, 2nd Place, 1967.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Badminton Award, "NIU Consolation Doubles Hornback-Osborne", undated.Add to your cart.

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[Series I: Events, 1962-1963, 1965-1967.],
[Series II: Publications, 1938, c. 1940, 1959-1960, 1963, 1966-1967, 1972-1973, 1977.],
[Series III: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1964-1967.],
[Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1940-1941, 1947-1948, 1961-1963, 1965-1971.],
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