MS 90 - Ohio College Association - Women's Physical Education Section
|MS 90 - Ohio College Association - Women's Physical Education Section
The records of the Ohio College Association-Women's Physical Education Section date from 1920 to 1988. The history of this professional organization is reflected in the 3.5 linear feet of minutes, constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, membership lists, financial reports, subject files and biographies.
The records of the OCA-WPES were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in 1976, with additional files being donated as designated inactive by the organization, through the cooperation of Carol A. Thompson, president of OCA-WPES and Beverly Zanger, HPER professor at BGSU. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and scholarly research. The register was prepared by Elaine Ezell in 1981, and updated by Ann Bowers in February 1992.
The purpose of the Women's Physical Education Section of the Ohio College Association (WPES-OCA), according to the constitution, shall be "to promote cooperation among departments of physical education in colleges and universities in the state of Ohio, and to study common problems." In 1924, Mr. Boles of Wooster College, president of the men's division of the Ohio College Association, wrote to Lydia Clark at the Ohio State University and suggested that the women organize into a similar group. Thus the Ohio College Association-Women's Physical Education Section was organized in 1924-1925. Lydia Clark was president and a constitution was adopted.
Annual meetings were held in the spring from 1925 to 1934 with the exception of 1932, at which time the members were busy with the Mid-West Physical Education Association meetings being held in Columbus. In 1934, the group reorganized into a more compact group and changed the regular meeting date to the fall. The annual meetings are held at the various members' institutions.
Significant steps in its history include the establishment of the Invitational College Tennis Organization in 1957, Advisor to the Athletic Federation of Ohio College Women (AFOCW) Sports Section, and the establishment of the Ohio Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women (OAISW) in 1972.
|Scope and Content
The records of the Women's Physical Education Section of the Ohio College Association (OCA-WPES) cover the period from 1920 to 1988, with the bulk of the records dating from 1934 to 1988. The Executive Board minutes (1953-1968, 1970-1988) primarily pertain to the arrangements, topics and programs for the annual meetings. The Business Meeting minutes (1936, 1938-1940, 1944, 1947-1987) provide more detailed information on the topics covered at the annual meetings and the concerns of the organization in relation to athletics for women at both the public school and college levels in Ohio. Programs and files documenting the annual conferences (1937-1988) complete the material on the annual meetings.
Constitutions and bylaws (1934-1984) and membership lists (1935-1984) are arranged chronologically. Operating codes (1960-1983) outline the job descriptions and responsibilities for officers of the organization and the hostess schools.
President's correspondence and files (1966, 1970-1986) basically concern programs and attendance at various meetings. The split between the Ohio Commission on Intercollegiate Sports (OCIS) and the Ohio Association for Intercollegiate Sports for Women (OAISW) in 1971-1972 is well documented.
The financial picture of the organization is provided through the treasurer's reports (1935-1986) and the treasurer's correspondence (1968-1975). The 1974 treasurer's correspondence lists the women physical education faculty members of the universities in Ohio.
Biographies of many of the members were compiled in 1973 as part of the OCA-WPES 50th anniversary celebration. Other biographical references also are included. The collection contains files documenting the Athletic and Recreation Federation of Ohio College Women (changed to the Ohio College Women in Sport and Recreation in 1973). Convention programs and reports (1946-1976), financial records (1948-1974) and newsletters (1946-1973) comprise the bulk of this documentation. Articles and subject files regarding physical education and women (1920-1982), largely compiled by Ruth Helsel, physical education professor at Wittenberg University, complete this collection. These files illustrate educational curriculum for women in physical education, health and recreation.
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
ATHLETIC AND RECREATION FEDERATION OF OHIO COLLEGE WOMEN
RUTH HELSEL FILES
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON STRUCTURE AND CONSTITUTION
AD HOC EVALUATION COMMITTEE
TASK FORCE ON THE STRUCTURE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS
ASSOCIATION FOR INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS FOR WOMEN
MIDWEST ASSOCIATION FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION OF COLLEGE WOMEN
OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION
OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS FOR WOMEN.
Athletic and Recreation Federation of Ohio College Women (Changed to Ohio College Women in Sport and Recreation-1973)
Articles/Files compiled by Ruth Helsel