Penn State Intercom......January 17, 2002

University Libraries establish archives
for Sports Science, Sports Medicine

The University Archives is creating a Sports Science and Sports Medicine Archives at University Park that will reflect the prominent place that health care has always had in athlete training at Penn State.

Historically, a well-documented sports history collection has been maintained at the University. It includes the records of the American Academy of Physical Education and Kinesiology, the International Society of Biomechanics, the North American Society for Sport History, and both the American and Pennsylvania Academy of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The University also is in a position to document the institution's response to the developments in the wider field, including the sports psychology records of Dorothy Harris and the research records of the Biomechanics Lab.

Other extensive collections under consideration include the performance of University teams and individual athletes, departmental and college records, papers of coaches and faculty, and records of nationally known professional and scholarly organizations that have selected Penn State for their archival records.

Highlighting the newly expanded mission of sports science and sports medicine, the University Archives is seeking additional materials from doctors, researchers, coaches, players and others to substantially build the collection.

For information on giving materials, call Jackie Esposito, University Archivist, at (814) 863-1793. For information about funding oral histories and other initiatives for this project, call Selden W. Smith at (814) 865-2258.