Elizabeth Drobac Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Drobac, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Drobac papers
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Elizabeth (Betty) White Drobac began teaching at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in the fall of 1950 as a member of the women’s physical education staff. She taught a variety of team and individual sports including field hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, swimming, tennis, badminton, archery and square dance. She married Stan Drobac in 1953. She met Stan when he was a student. In 1955, she left teaching when she became pregnant. Later, she would have liked to return to teaching, however, her husband had become an employee at MSU and there was a ban against employees being family members. When the ban was repealed she taught for one year in 1969.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist of preliminary notes that Drobac wrote for a speech she gave at the Women’s Varsity Letter Celebration on February 10, 2002. During the February 9-10, 2002 Varsity Letter Celebration, women who were active in varsity sports before 1980 but did not receive letters were awarded one in a special ceremony. Michigan State University began awarding varsity letters to women in 1980. Drobac’s speech recounts the early days of women’s athletics at MSU from 1927 and memories of her time as an athletic instructor.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 2003

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Sports. History.


  • Speeches

Personal Name(s)

  • Bishop, Thelma
  • Daily, Lucille
  • Leety, Jean
  • Munn, Clarence L.
  • Parker, D. J.


  • College sports -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Sports for women
  • Sports for women -- Coaching

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General Note

Archivist's Note: Despite the references to “B. Drobak” at the bottom of the pages of the speech, the correct spelling of the name is Drobac.

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Speech 2002 

FD 1