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Guide to the Vassar College Physical Education Department Records, 1890-1952

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College. Physical Education Dept.
Title: Vassar College Physical Education Department Records
Dates: 1890-1952
Quantity: 16 cubic ft (15 boxes)
Abstract: General office files, 1895-1952, as well as four volumes including extensive bodily measurements of individual students, with short biographies and health histories, 1890-1899.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, financial records, memoranda, programs, brochures, reports, and student records.

Administrative History

Physical education at Vassar had its beginnings with the founding of the college. The physical health of the students was considered a critical part of the college's mission, specifically because of the prevalent 19th century fear that too much education would physcially harm young women. The health of the students was monitored carefully, and records were updated regularly by the college physician.

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Scope and Content Note

Office files containing correspondence, financial records, memoranda, programs, brochures, reports, and student records, 1895-1952; and four volumes ("gymnasium physical registers") containing extensive bodily measurements of individual students, with short biographies and health histories, 1890-1899.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Students.

Subjects:

  • Physical education for women.
  • Physical fitness for women.
  • Women college students--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.
  • Women--Health and hygiene.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, May 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar College Physical Education Department Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Transfer.

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Container List

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