Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Records
UA.4.3

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Title
Intercollegiate Athletics records
ID
UA.4.3
Date
1888-1979, 2011-2012
Extent
2.33 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

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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Historical Note

When students entered Michigan Agricultural College in 1857, athletics was not part of the curriculum. Faculty members were opposed to students' participation in athletics, believing that the three hours per day they were required to work in the fields was enough physical activity. Students felt differently and began to campaign for an athletics program as early as 1862. The first intercollegiate athletic competition was a baseball game vs. Olivet in 1884, which MAC won. In 1886, MAC hosted Field Days in which MAC, Olivet, and Albion competed. Michigan Agricultural College began formal participation in intercollegiate sports when it entered the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) in 1888. The original four members of the MIAA were MAC, Olivet, Albion and Hillsdale. In 1899, MAC hired its first athletic coach, Reverend Chares O. Bemies, who stayed for two years. In 1903, Chester Brewer was hired as Director of Athletics. Brewer’s time as coach led to such dominance in the MIAA, that MAC was expelled in 1908. Also during Brewer’s tenure, the department changed names. In 1904, Intercollegiate Athletics moved from the Department of Physical Culture to the Department of Athletics. The department changed its title to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1945, four years before Michigan State University entered the Big Ten in 1949. MSU was able to enter the Big Ten when the University of Chicago withdrew in 1946. MSU applied to take its place and was officially voted into the Big Ten on May 20, 1949. Women’s athletics have been around for almost as long as women have been students. Women were first admitted to MAC in 1870. By 1888 women were regular members of the tennis club and would participate in Field Days. The Women’s Athletic Association, founded in 1924, kept women’s athletics going strong in the 1920s, but it was the passing of Title IX in 1972 that provided a big boost to women’s athletics. Though the women’s athletic program was active before Title IX, the legislation made some changes possible to advance the program even more. In 1976, women athletes were offered scholarships for the first time. 1980 marked the beginning of when women received varsity letters for their participation in athletics. In a 2002 ceremony, nearly 300 women were awarded varsity letters for their participation in athletics from the 1930s through the 1970s.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains early records from Intercollegiate Athletics, including a brochure from the MIAA Field Days of 1888 and 1898. It contains committee and conference reports dating back to 1906. Also included are the Athletic Program Budgets from 1954-1961 as well as lists of varsity award winners ranging from 1943-1972. For lists of award winners from previous years, consult UA 8.1.3, Sports Information Records. Two cubic feet of materials pertaining to women’s intercollegiate athletics was added to the collection in 2006. These materials span the years 1972-1979 and contain information on individual women’s sports, budgets, and scholarships to individuals (grant-in-aid). There are also records that relate to organizations for women’s athletics including the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW); the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport; the Midwest Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW); and the Big Ten. These materials are arranged alphabetically by subject. There are several photographs that are also part of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics records. These photos date back to the 1890s for some sports. The majority of the photographs are of men’s athletics. They are arranged alphabetically by sport.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 1993

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  November 2011

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use note

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Sport Information Office records group (UA 8.1.3.)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Genre(s)

  • Annual reports
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Athletics -- Michigan
  • College sports
  • College sports -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College sports -- Michigan -- History
  • Football
  • Women in sports
  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence 1899-1958 

1182H 1

Michigan Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association Annual Field Day 1888, 1898 

1182H 2

College Conference on Athletics Resolutions 1906 

1182H 3

Athletic Conference Minutes April 5, 1907 

1182H 4

Program Brochure, course descriptions 1920 

1182H 5

Athletic Director. Report to Alumni 1925 

1182H 6

Committee on Methods of Supervision of Intercollegiate Athletics - M.S.C. Report 1927 

1182H 7

M.S.C. Athletic Association Varsity Certificates 1929 

1182H 8

Athletic Award Winners Serving in World War II December 7, 1945 

1182H 9

Basketball, Cross Country, Swimming, and Track Officials 1953-1954 

1182H 10

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics - Policy Statements Undated 

1182H 11

Women's Sports 1978, 1981 

1182H 12

Newspaper clippings 1903-1932, Undated 

1182H 13

Financial Analysis of Athletic and Allied Programs at M.S.C. 1953-1954 

1182H 14

Athletic Program Budget 1954-1955 

1182H 15

Athletic Program Budget 1957-1958 

1182H 16

Athletic Program Budget 1959-1960 

1182H 17

Athletic Program Budget 1960-1961 

1182H 18

Athletic Program Budget 1976 

2002 66

Miscellaneous programs, schedules 1908-1910 

1182H 19

Social Backgrounds of MSU Athletes by Harry Webb Circa 1963 

1182H 34

Guide for the Michigan State Spartans Athletic Representative 

1182H 35

Athletics brochures Undated 

2002 67

Department Bulletin 1976-1977 

2002 68

Handbook for Student Athletes 2010, Undated 

2002 69

Memo about meets Undated 

2002 70

Office of Compliances Services brochures Undated 

2002 71

Response to the Allegations made by the NCAA 1976 

2002 72

Spartan Athletic Preview 

2002 73

Spartan High School newsletter 1999 

2002 74

Spartan Scout newsletter 1980 

2002 75

Staff List 1967 

2002 76

Student Athlete Handbook and Planner 2012 

2002 82

Ticket information 1930, 2005 

2002 77

Time Out newsletter [student athlete newsletter] 1977, 1980, 1982, 2007 

2002 78

Women's Athletics Varsity Letter Celebration program 2002 

2002 79
Box

Athletic Ticket Sheets 2014-2015 

2745
Box Folder

Cotton Bowl Tickets 2015 

2002 83

Varsity Award Lists 

Box Folder

Baseball 1960-1970 

1182H 20

Basketball 1943, 1960-1961, 1966-1971 

1182H 21

Cross Country 1960-1970 

1182H 22

Fencing 1961-1970 

1182H 23

Football 1960-1963, 1967-1969 

1182H 24

Golf 1960-1970 

1182H 25

Gymnastics 1961-1970, 1972 

1182H 26

Hockey 1960-1970 

1182H 27

Lacrosse 1970 

1182H 28

Soccer 1960-1970 

1182H 29

Swimming 1961-1970 

1182H 30

Tennis 1960-1970 

1182H 31

Track 1961-1970 

1182H 32

Wrestling 1961-1970 

1182H 33

Women's Intercollegiate Athletics 

Box Folder

Alumni Clubs 1976 

2001 1

Athletic Council December 1977 

2001 2

Awards 1976-1977 

2001 3-4

Awards Correspondence 1974-1977 

2001 5

Awards Criteria 1977-1978 

2001 6

Awards Policy 1977-1978 

2001 7

Awards Recipient List 1976-1977 

2001 8

Banquet 

Box Folder

 Spring 1975 

2001 9

 1975-1976 

2001 10

 1977 

2001 11

All Sports Banquet 1978 

2001 12

Booster Club Meeting, 

Box Folder

 October 24, 1977 

2001 13

 November 30, 1977 

2001 14
Box Folder

Budget Correspondence 1974-1977 

2001 15

Budget Reports 

Box Folder

 1972-1973 

2001 16

 1973-1974 

2001 17

 1974-1975 

2001 18

 1975-1976 

2001 19

 1976-1977 

2001 20
Box Folder

Central Facilities Coordinating Committee 1975 

2001 21

Certification Lists 1973-1976 

2001 22

Championships Criteria 

2001 23

Coaches Clinic Correspondence 1977 

2001 24

Competition between teams 1976 

2001 25

Contributions 1975-1976 

2001 26

Correspondence with student prospects 1977-1978 

2001 27

Grant-in-Aid 

Box Folder

 1976 

2001 28

Budget 1976-1977 

2001 29

Budget 1977-1978 

2001 30
Box Folder

Medical/Trainers 

2001 31

Olympic Business 1973-1977 

2001 32

Schedules 1974-1975 

2001 33

Spartan Mini-Clinic 1977 

2001 34

Spartan Relays for High School Girls 1975 

2001 35

Student Advisory Athletic Council 

Box Folder

 1976-1977 

2001 36

 1977-1978 

2001 37
Box Folder

Survey 1977 

2001 38

Wheaties Women's Athletic Clinic 1976 

2001 39

World University Games 1977 

2001 40

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Individual Women's Sports 

Basketball 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 41

 1975-1976 

2001 42

Annual Report 1974-1975 

2001 43

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1978 

2001 44

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 45

 1975-1976 

2001 46
Box Folder

Women's Basketball Newsletter 2011-2013 

2002 80

MVP Program newsletter - Spartan Tribune 2011-2014 

2002 81

Cross-Country 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 47

 1975-1976 

2001 48

Annual Report 1975-1976 

2001 49

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977 

2001 50

Team Roster 1975-1976 

2001 51

Fencing 

Box Folder

Budget 1978 

2001 52

Field Hockey 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 53

 1975-1976 

2001 54

Annual Report 1974-1975 

2001 55

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1979 

2001 56

Team Roster 1974-1975 

2001 57

Golf 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 58

 1975-1976 

2001 59

Annual Report 1975-1976 

2001 60

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1978 

2001 61

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 62

 1975-1976 

2001 63

Gymnastics 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 64

 1975-1976 

2001 65

Annual Report 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 66

 1975-1976 

2001 67
Box Folder

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1978 

2001 68

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 69

 1975-1976 

2001 70
Box Folder

Workshop for Gymnastics and Volleyball 

2001 71

Softball 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 72

 1975-1976 

2001 73

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1978 

2001 74

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 75

 1975-1976 

2001 76

Swimming and Diving 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 77

 1975-1976 

2001 78

Annual Report 1975-1976 

2001 79

Clinic 1976 

2001 80

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1978 

2001 81

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 82

 1975-1976 

2001 83

Tennis 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 84

 1975-1976 

2001 85

Annual Report 1975-1976 

2001 86

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1978 

2001 87

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 88

 1975-1976 

2001 89

Track and Field 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 90

 1975-1976 

2001 91

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977-1979 

2001 92-93

Specialty Clinic 1977 

2001 94

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 95

 1975-1976 

2001 96

Volleyball 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 97

 1975-1976 

2001 98-99

Annual Report 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 100

 1975-1976 

2001 101
Box Folder

Clinic 

2001 102

Correspondence with Student Prospects 1977 

2001 103

Team Roster 

Box Folder

 1974-1975 

2001 104

 1975-1976 

2001 105

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National and Regional Associations for Women's Athletics 

Amateur Athletic Union 

Box Folder

Correspondence 1974-1977 

2002 1

European Tour 1977 

2002 2

Newsletter 1977 

2002 3

Region 6 Track and Field Meet 1978 

2002 4
Box Folder

American College of Sports Medicine l 1977 

2002 5

ARAPCS Physical Fitness Council 1977 

2002 6

Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) 

Box Folder

Amateur Status 1975-1976 

2002 7

Championship Site Correspondence 1976-1977 

2002 8

Championships 1976-1977 

2002 9

Correspondence 1973-1977 

2002 10

Delegate Assembly Meetings 1974-1978 

2002 11

Delegate Assembly Meeting 1977 

2002 12-15

Eligibility 1975-1976 

2002 16

Ethics and Eligibility 1974-1977 

2002 17

Ethics and Eligibility Newsletter 1976-1977 

2002 18

Financial Aid 1977 

2002 19

General 1977 

2002 20

Golf Championships 1976 

2002 21-23

Letter of Intent 1977 

2002 24-25

Newsletter for AIAW Track and Field Coaches 1977 

2002 26

Sanction for International Competition 1977 

2002 27

"Solomon's Judgment on Women's Sports" November 1973 

2002 28

Track and Field Coaches Meeting May 1977 

2002 29

Track and Field Committee 1977 

2002 30

Big Ten 

Box Folder

Correspondence 1977-1978 

2002 31

Championships 1975-1977 

2002 32

Memoranda 1977-1978 

2002 33

Track and Field 

2002 34

Women's Athletic Directors 1974-1977 

2002 35-36
Box Folder

Collegiate Sports Council for Women's Track and Field Committee 1974-1977 

2002 37

Directions Scholarship Foundation 1976 

2002 38

Midwest Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) 

Box Folder

Basketball 1976 

2002 39

Championship Site 1975-1977 

2002 40

Commissioner's Meetings Minutes 1974-1977 

2002 41

Correspondence 1976-1978 

2002 42

Delegate Assembly 1975, 1977 

2002 43

Ethics and Eligibility 1975-1977 

2002 44

General 1975-1976 

2002 45

Gymnastics 1976 

2002 46

Tennis 1976 

2002 47

Volleyball 1975 

2002 48

National Association for Girls and Women in Sport 

Box Folder

General 1974-1976 

2002 49

Newsletters 1975-1977 

2002 50

Special Committee on Athletic Administration 

2002 51

National Track and Field Hall of Fame 

Box Folder

Selection Committee 

2002 52

State of Michigan Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (SMAIAW) 

Box Folder

Basketball Tournament 1975 

2002 53-54

By-laws and Constitution 1975 

2002 55

Commission Meeting Minutes 1973-1977 

2002 56

Correspondence 1974-1977 

2002 57

Mailing Lists 1974-1977 

2002 58

Memoranda 1975-1977 

2002 59

Newsletter March 1977 

2002 60

Scheduling Meeting 

2002 61

Sports Committee 1974-1977 

2002 62

Tournament Reports 1975-1977 

2002 63

Track and Field Coaches Academy 1976 

2002 64

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Photographs- Intercollegiate Athletics Department collection 

Drawer
Department Collection Photos

Athletics. Baseball. 1890-99. Team Members 1890-1899 

Athletics. Baseball. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Baseball. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Baseball. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Baseball. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Baseball. Action Shots 

Athletics. Baseball. Posed Action & Individual Shots (2 folders) 

Athletics. Basketball. 1900-09. Team Members 1900-1909 

Athletics. Basketball. 1910-19. Team Members 1910-1919 

Athletics. Basketball. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Basketball. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Basketball. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Basketball. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Basketball. Action Shots 

Athletics. Basketball. Posed Action & Individual Shots 

Athletics. Boxing. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Boxing. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Boxing. Posed Action Shots 

Athletics. Cross-Country. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Cross-Country. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Cross-Country. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Cross-Country. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Fans 

Athletics. Fencing. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Fencing. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Football. 1890-99. Team Members 1890-1899 

Athletics. Football. 1910-19. Team Members 1910-1919 

Athletics. Football. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Football. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Football. 1940-49. Team Members (2 folders) 1940-1949 

Athletics. Football. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Football. Action Shots 

Athletics. Football. Posed Action & Individual Shots (11 folders) 

Athletics. Golf. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Golf. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Hockey. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Hockey. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Hockey. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Hockey. 1960-69. Team Members 1960-1969 

Athletics. Swimming. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Swimming. 1930-39. Team Members (2 folders) 1930-1939 

Athletics. Swimming. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Swimming. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Tennis. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Tennis. 1930-39. Team Members (2 folders) 1930-1939 

Athletics. Tennis. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Tennis. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Track. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Track. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Track. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Track. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

Athletics. Track. Posed Action & Individual Shots 

Athletics. Unidentified. 1890-99. Team Members 1890-1899 

Athletics. Wrestling. 1920-29. Team Members 1920-1929 

Athletics. Wrestling. 1930-39. Team Members 1930-1939 

Athletics. Wrestling. 1940-49. Team Members 1940-1949 

Athletics. Wrestling. 1950-59. Team Members 1950-1959 

People. Unidentified 

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Oversize Photographs 

Box Folder

Athletics. Athletes. 1900-1909 

5686 2

Baseball 1918, 1920 

5686 3

Buildings. Intramural Recreative Sports Circle, Stadium, Stadium Plans 

5686 4

Football 1913, 1922, 1925 

5686 5

Football. Action Shots 1930 

5686 6

Football Action Shots 1940 

5686 7

Football. Fans. undated (circa 1930?) 

5686 8

Mens Basketball Team 

Box Folder

 1914, 1916 - 1917, 1919, 1920 

5686 9

 1924 - 1925, 1927, 1929, 1933 

5686 10

 1936-1941 

5686 11

 1942-1947 

5686 12

 1948-1952 

5687 1

Mens Track 

Box Folder

 1920, 1924-1925, 1927-1931 

5687 2

Team Members 1908, 1916, 1919 

5686 1

 1932-1935 

5687 3

 1936-1939 

5687 4

 1940 - 1943, 1945 - 1946 

5687 5

 1947-1950 

5687 6

 1951 - 1953, 1955 

5687 7
Box Folder

People. Macklin, John Farrell 

5687 8

People. Macklin, John F and Family 

5687 9

People. Munn, Clarence "Biggie [cartoon drawing] 

5687 10

People. Watkins, L. Whitney 

5687 11

Rose Bowl. Michigan State Big Ten Dinner Party December 29, 1953 

5687 12

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Annual Reports 

Volume

Published in State Board Reports 

Bd. of Ag.

1945 

1946 

1947 

1948 

1949 

1950 

1951 

1952 

1953 

1954 

1955 

1956 

1957 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1954-1955 

1955-1956 

1956-1957 

1957-1958 

1958-1959 

1959-1960 

1960-1961 

1961-1962 

1962-1963 

1963-1964 

1964-1965 

1965-1966 

1966-1967 

1967-1968 

1968-1969 

1969-1970 

1970-1971 

1982-1983 

1983-1984 

1997-1998 

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Films 

Reel

Film #1: 1960 Blg. Green (Neg) Notre Dame (Rev?) 

#1

Film #2: CMU/O[Last letter either a U or a O] 5 Nov 

#2