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MS 1223 Janet Parks women's sports collection

The Janet Parks women’s sports collection primarily comprises several individual donations made to the Center for Archival Collections by Dr. Janet Parks beginning in the early 2000s, with additions continuing to be made on an intermittent basis. The collection includes Dr. Parks’s professional and scholarly papers, materials collected by Dr. Parks over the course of her teaching, research, and coaching career at Bowling Green State University and subsequent retirement, and materials collected by the BGSU Athletic Department and later transferred to the CAC with the assistance of Dr. Parks.

The collection was processed and the finding aid was prepared by Jordan Del Allen, graduate student in the BGSU School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies, during the 2016-2017 academic year under generous funding provided by Dr. Parks. The collection was further processed and the finding aid was revised by Nick Pavlik, Curator of Manuscripts, during the fall 2017 semester.

No known restrictions on access exist for the collection, and no restrictions have been placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing necessary copyright permission when using all unpublished and published materials found in this collection.

MS 506 - North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

The records of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport date from 1978 to 2015. These records were initially donated to the Center for Archival Collections on November 7, 1987 by Janet Hams, NASSS President, with additional files being donated from the organization since then throughout the years.

No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication may be permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was completed by undergraduate student assistant Emily Schoenlein in June 2012, with subsequent revisions by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, and Nick Pavlik, Curator of Manuscripts and Digital Projects.

MS 563 - North American Society for Sport Management

The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in August 1989. The collection consists of constitutions, minutes, correspondence, reports, conference programs and files, subject files, publications and audio-visual materials, documenting the establishment of the NASSM and its growth and development. The files date from 1985 to the present.

In 1985, at a series of meetings held in Windsor and Bowling Green (Ohio), the founders of this association met to discuss the merits, challenges and logistics of forming a professional organization. From these discussions, the North American Society for Sport Management was formed and Kent State University (Ohio) was selected as the site of the first NASSM conference in 1986. Now, more than twenty years later, NASSM has the leading academic journal and conference in the sport management field, serves over 400 members, and has many international linkages with sport management colleagues and associations in other countries and regions.

NASSM is actively involved in supporting and assisting professionals working in the fields of sport, leisure and recreation. The purpose of the North American Society for Sport Management is to promote, stimulate, and encourage study, research, scholarly writing, and professional development in the area of sport management - both theoretical and applied aspects. Topics of interest to NASSM members include sport marketing, future directions in management, employment perspectives, management competencies, leadership, sport and the law, personnel management, facility management, organizational structures, fund raising, and conflict resolution.
For more information about the North American Society for Sport Management please view their website at:

MS 766 - Association for Applied Sport Psychology

In April 1998, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology designated Bowling Green State University, specifically the Center for Archival Collections, to house their archives. The collection consists of six linear feet of minutes, conference programs and proceedings, officer correspondence, financial files, committee and subject files, and publications. The records date from the establishment of AASP in 1986 to 2002.

Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1986, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) has emerged as the largest applied sport and exercise psychology organization in the world. Founding President, John M. Silva, established AASP to promote the science and practice of sport and exercise psychology, while providing an opportunity for individuals to share information related to theory development, research, and the provision of psychological services to consumers. Today, AASP is a vibrant international, multidisciplinary organization.

Since its inception, AASP has committed significant time and effort to identify essential criteria to the practice of applied sport psychology. In 1989, AASP established and approved criteria for certification intended to demonstrate that individuals seeking certification must have obtained a minimal level of training and experience to provide professional services in applied sport psychology. Currently, AASP is the only professional organization in North America that offers certification to qualified professionals who practice sport, exercise, and health psychology.

Additional information on AASP can be found at