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Collection Overview
Title:Department of Women's Athletics records
Dates:1974-1990
Location:32/1
Call Number:A92
Volume:0.35 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents women's athletic programs and achievements at Northeastern University from 1974-1990 with a concentration of material from 1975-1985. The collection focuses on the tennis team, but includes material on basketball, ice hockey, gymnastics, and cross country. Records include rosters, team evaluations, and schedules.
Historical Abstract:The Department of Women's Athletics began when the Department of Physical Education split into separate men's and women's departments in 1965. It existed as such until 1972 when the departments merged to meet with Boston-Bouvé's stipulation at the time of its merger with Northeastern that the college be coeducational. The Department of Women's Athletics experienced great expansion between 1970 and 1989, developing programs in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, crew, gymnastics, ice hockey, and cross-country. In 1979, men's and women's athletics were separated again and Jeanne Rowlands became the Director of the Department of Women's Athletics. After her retirement in 1991, President Curry merged the departments due to financial difficulties.
Arrangement:This collection is arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Rowlands, Jeanne
  • Hope, Dorett

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept of Athletics
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of Physical Education

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Basketball
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Cross Country
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Gymnastics
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Ice Hockey
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Sports
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Swimming
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Tennis

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Student and personnel records (folders 3, 5, 7, 17, 20, 21, 22, 26) are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Related Materials:

Dept. of Athletics Records (A17), Office of the President (Curry) (A72), Boston-Bouvé College records (M41).

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff, May 2006; updated by Caitlin Birch, February 2014

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents women's athletic programs and achievements at Northeastern University from 1974-1990 with the bulk of the material dating from 1975-1985. It primarily consists of records donated by Jeanne Rowlands, former Director of the Department of Women's Athletics at Northeastern University. The collection focuses on the tennis team, but also includes material on the basketball, cross country, gymnastics, ice hockey, and swimming teams. Included are financial records, budgets, travel and supply records, mission statements, team rosters, scholarship information, and pamphlets concerning behavioral practices, training methods and team goals. Articles about the various teams of the Department of Women's Athletics have also been included. The publication of "Relay" is the only issue produced of what was intended to be a biannual newsletter from the Department of Women's Athletics.

Historical Note

The Department of Women's Athletics developed out of the Department of Physical Education, which was originally a part of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics (DHPEA). By the 1960's, the DHPEA had grown too large and split. The new Department of Physical Education was moved under the jurisdiction of the College of Education. In 1965, it split into separate men's and women's Departments. Kathryn Luttgens of Boston-Bouvé College became the chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women. Although the separation of the men's and women's athletics encouraged growth of the women's athletic program, the arrangement was against the contract of the merger with Boston-Bouvé College, which stated that the College must be entirely coeducational. Consequently, the two programs merged again during the 1972-1973 academic year. In 1979, the two departments were separated again and Jeanne Rowlands was appointed Director of the Department of Women's Athletics. Rowlands is credited with bringing the women's sports programs to the Division I level of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. She came to Northeastern University when Boston-Bouvé College merged with the University in 1964 and served as a member of the faculty for almost 30 years. Following her retirement in 1991, President Curry merged the previously separated men's and women's athletic departments due to financial difficulties.

Throughout the years, the number of sponsored programs in the Department of Women's Athletics grew rapidly. The 1970-1971 season saw the women's intercollegiate athletic program join the Women's Recreational Association and had seven activities, including basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Ten years later, there were nine activities offered through the department: basketball, crew, field hockey, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, ice hockey, and volleyball. By 1989, ten women's sports were offered; cross-country and ice-hockey had been added and field-hockey had been removed.

Chronology
1965Department of Physical Education splits into men's and women's departments.
Kathryn Luttgens becomes Professor and Chairman, Physical Education for Women.
1971Women's Gymnastic Team begins.
1972Physical Education is no longer a requirement for women.
Women's and Men's athletic departments merge due to contractual agreements with Boston-Bouvé College.
1976Jeanne Rowlands is selected to manage the US Women's Basketball team for the Olympics.
Women's Gymnastic Team totals over 75 team points for the first time.
1979Department of Women's Athletics separates from the Men's Athletic Department.
Jeanne Rowlands becomes Director of Department of Women's Athletics.
1980Northeastern beats Boston University 11-0 in the Women's Intercollegiate Ice-Hockey Contest.
1983Women's Field-Hockey finishes 10-10, Women's Tennis finishes 7-5.
1989Women's Volleyball team wins first Division 1 Eastern College Athletic Conference championship.
Women's Hockey wins seventh Beanpot Championship in a row.
Gymnastics team holds a season average of 183.5 team points.
1991Women's and Men's Athletic teams merge due to financial constraints.
Bibliography

Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University: An Emerging Giant: 1959-1975 (Boston : Northeastern University Custom Book Program, c.1982). CALL NUMBER: LD4011.N22F7X

Feldscher, Karen. Northeaster University 1989- 1996: The Curry Years: Smaller but Better (Boston: Northeastern Publications, c.2000). CALL NUMBER: LD4011.N22 F45 2000 
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BoxTitleDate
1Annual Report1980-1981
1Articles1985
1Athletic Forms: Travel1983-1985
1Awards Banquet1983
1Budget and Requisitions1985-1986
1Formsn.d.
1Gymnastics1974-1979
1"Relay": Newsletter1990
1Student Jobs1981-1985
Tennis
1Budget1981-1985
1Charting Sheetsn.d.
1Dorrett Hope Form Letters1982
1Double Drills Strategy1977
1Evaluations1975-1985
1Fitness1980-1982
1Goals1984
1Match Schedules and Results1974-1985
1Memorandum1985
1Preseason (4 folders)1978-1985
1Rosters1978-1986
1Rules and Behavior1985
1Scholarships (2 folders)n.d., 1984-1986
1Tournament Results1980-1982
1Women's Beanpot Championship Plaque 1981
1Women's Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Contest Puck1980