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Wayne State University Health and Physical Education Division Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000198
The papers in this collection reflect the processes of managing and scheduling competition for athletic teams at Wayne University, primarily from 1946 to 1959. They show the philosophy of the coaches towards the role of sports at the University and point out the need for expanded, modern sports facilities. The emphasis is on men's intercollegiate activity rather than physical education classes.

Series Description: Series 1: David L. Holmes Files, 1949-1960 Series 2: General Files, 1940-1960

Dates

  • 1940 - 1960

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English].

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (8 MB)

Abstract

Both the records of David L. Holmes, Director of Athletics and track coach, and the files of the Health and Physical Educational Division are contained in this collection. David L. Holmes began his tenure at Wayne University as Athletic Director of Detroit Junior College. He stayed with the University until his retirement in 1958. Primarily the David L. Holmes files in this collection concentrate on the decade of 1949-1959, and concern his duties as track coach. During World War II, most athletic athletic activities were ceased. After the war, many of the athletic programs were reorganized. The disagreement that occurred during the 40’s and 50’s regarding the role of athletics at the university is chronicled here, with the emphasis being placed on men’s intercollegiate activity instead of physical education classes. The collection details the processes of managing and scheduling competition for athletic teams, and identifies the need for new facilities.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-8). In Series 1 files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Budget requests and budget expenses are arranged chronologically by season. In Series 2 files are arranged alphabetically by sport.

Acquisition

The files of David L. Holmes, Director of Athletics and track coach, and the files of the Health and Physical Education Division were placed in the University Archives in March, 1970.

Related Materials

Wayne State University collections

Transfers

Three photographs of the basketball facilities at the State Fair Coliseum (1947-1948), five photographs of the Wrestling team (1954), and sixteen photographs of the 1950 N.C.A.A. Fencing Championships have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in May 1979.
Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Health and Physical Education Division Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1979-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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