Guide to the Northwest College Women's Sports Association Records 1940-1996
Cage 795

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Northwest College Women's Sports Association
Title
Northwest Women's College Sports Association records
ID
Cage 795
Date [inclusive]
1940-1996
Extent
19.0 containers
General Physical Description note
9.0 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The Northwest Women's College Sports Association (NCWSA) Records contains the administrative files for the body governing intercollegiate women's athletics in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington from 1966-1982. In addition, a handful of colleges from British Columbia also participated in the NCWSA. This collection contains meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, policies and rules governing student athletes and individual sports, and results and programs for NCWSA sanctioned tournaments. The collection also provides information about the impact of Title IX on women's athletics and the relationship between the NCWSA's parent organization, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Northwest College Women's Sports Association Records, 1940-2013. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Historical Note

The National College Women's Sports Association was founded in 1966 as the Northwest College Women's Extramural Association. The formation of this regional organization was part of a larger movement to create a more formally organized system for women's intercollegiate athletics by the Division of Girls' and Women's Sports (DGWS). On April 14, 1966, the organization was officially formed in Boise, Idaho and Catherine "Kit" Green of the University of Washington was named the organization's first President (then called "Chairman"). The first constitution for the organization, passed in April 1967, stated that the organization's purpose was "to promote and coordinate Northwest extramural events for college women" and "to establish and maintain desirable standards for these extramural events." In the 1966-1967 academic year, the NCWEA sanctioned events in badminton, basketball, bowling, dance, field hockey, gymnastics, riflery, skiing, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Initial membership consisted of 44 colleges.

In 1970, the organization changed its name to the Northwest College Women's Sports Association and Sue Durrant was the first president under this new title. In 1973, the NCWSA suspended the restriction against athletic scholarships, a position held by many women's sports organizations prior to a ruling declaring such provisions in violation of newly enacted Title IX. In 1975, the NCWSA officially joined the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), becoming Region 9 of the emerging national organization. By 1979, the NCWSA grew to the point that a home office was considered, but by 1982, the organization faced serious losses in membership due to increased efforts by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the main rival to the AIAW) to govern women's athletics. While it is unclear exactly when the NCWSA ended operations, the organization seems to have folded shortly after the 1982-1983 season.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the bylaws, policies, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, and tournament results for the Northwest College Women's Sports Association, which was Region 9 of the AIAW from 1975-1983. The meeting minutes include notes from the annual general meeting, the Executive Committee, the Governing Committee, and the committee for tournaments and scheduling. The collection also contains newsletters and the correspondence for nearly every Association President from 1966-1983. In addition, materials pertaining to women's sports in the Northwest prior to the NCWSA are contained in this collection. Documents in the collection deal with everything from details on rules and eligibility to broader issues regarding the implementation of Title IX, which mandated equality in education (including sports) and the need for an organization dedicated solely to the advancement of women's collegiate sports.

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Arrangement note

The documents in this collection are arranged in seven series: Policies and Bylaws, Communications, Meetings and Reports, Committees, Sports, Miscellaneous, and Oral Histories.

Series 1: Policies and Bylaws, 1966-1983. This series consists of the constitutions, bylaws, policy handbooks, and member directories for the NCWSA.

Series 2: Communications, 1966-1983. This series consists of the correspondence of past presidents of the NCWSA, with the exception of the 1980-1981 and 1975-1976 academic years. This series also includes issues of the Association newsletter and statements on Title IX from 1980.

Series 3: Meetings and Reports, 1941-1996. This series consists of two subseries: Annual Meetings and Budgets and Reports.

Subseries 1: Annual Meetings, 1964-1996. This subseries consists of agendas, budgets, notes, and correspondence for the annual meetings of the NCWSA. It also includes materials related to the organization's 30th year reunion in 1996. This subseries is organized in reverse chronological order.

Subseries 2: Budgets and Reports, 1941-1983. This subseries consists of the NCWSA general operating budgets, reports from meetings of the AIAW and Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), historical documents about women's collegiate sports in the Northwest, and reports and proposals submitted to the NCWSA. This subseries is arranged according to groupings found in the collection's original arrangement.

Series 4: Committees, 1967-1983. This series consists of minutes, agendas, correspondence, and support materials for the following committees: Executive, Governing, Student, Ethics and Eligibility, Awards, and Sports Advisors. Each committees files are arranged in reverse chronological order. The Governing Committee would occasionally run surveys or studies, which have been interfiled with the committee meeting files. Tournament schedules and arrangements were determined by the Sports Advisors Committee and their support materials are filed after their meeting files.

Series 5: Sports, 1940-1982. This series consists of programs, regulations, correspondence, results, and historical documents related to specific sports governed by the NCWSA. This series is arranged according to sport and includes: badminton, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1971-1982. This series consists of materials on athletic director workshops, officiating services, financial aid regulations, and external sports governing bodies.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2013

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Northwest Women's College Sports Association Records was donated to Washington State University by Sue Durant in 2013 (MS 2013-13).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Steven Bingo 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Sue M. Durrant Papers, 1956-2006 ( CG 711)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Northwest College Women's Sports Association -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Alaska
  • British Columbia
  • College sports
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Washington (State)
  • Women
  • Women--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Women--Sports--United States

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Policies and bylaws 1966-1983 

Box Folder

Constitution drafts and correspondence 1966-1967 

1 1

Constitution and bylaws, early 1969-1971 

1 2

Constitution and bylaws, incomplete 1974-1979 

1 3

Policy handbooks 1973-1983 

1 4-13

Policy handbooks 1966-1973 

2 14-20

Membership directories 1966-1983 

2 21-37

Membership applications 1974-1975 

2 38

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 Series 2 Communications 1966-1983 

Box Folder

President's correspondence - Mary Rubright 1982-1983 

3 39

President's correspondence - Carol Ladwig 1981-1982 

3 40

President's correspondence - Kathy Clark 1979-1980 

3 41

President's correspondence - Marjorie Anderson 1978-1979 

3 42

President's correspondence - Becky Sisley 1977-1978 

3 43

President's correspondence - Carla Rice 1976-1977 

3 44

President's correspondence - Joanne Washburn 1974-1975 

3 45

President's correspondence - Sara Officer 1973-1974 

3 46

President's correspondence - Dot Dobie 1972-1973 

3 47

President's correspondence - Jean Putnam 1971-1972 

3 48

President's correspondence - Sue Durrant 1970-1971 

3 49

President's correspondence - Marian Forsythe 1969-1970 

3 50

President's correspondence - Coleen Lynch 1968-1969 

4 51

President's correspondence - Colleen Lynch 1967-1968 

4 52

President's correspondence - Catherine Green 1966-1967 

4 53

Newsletters 1966-1983 

4 54-69

Title IX positions 1980 

4 70

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 Series 3 Meetings and reports 1941-1996 

 Subseries 1 Annual meetings 1964-1996 

Box Folder

NCWSA / NCWSF reunion 1996 

4 71

Annual meetings 1980-1982 

4 72-73

Annual meetings 1974-1980 

5 74-80

Annual meetings 1964-1974 

6 81-91

 Subseries 2 Budgets and reports 1941-1983 

Box Folder

AIAW Committee to Study Alternative Qualifying Routes to AIAW National Championships 1981 

6 92

AIAW meetings and reports 1980-1981 

6 93-94

Report of AIAW fall board meeting 1979-1980 

6 95

AIAW reports 1976-1979 

6 96

AIAW correspondence 1975-1976 

6 97

AIAW Delegate Assembly 1974-1976 

6 98-99

AIAW Handbook 1974-1975 

6 100

AIAW correspondence and reports 1973-1974 

7 101

AIAW report 1972-1973 

7 102

AIAW newsletters 1975 

7 103

Budgets and financial reports 1969-1981 

7 104

Budgets for tax exempt status 1967-1977 

7 105

CIAW - Intercollegiate Athletic Committee 1970-1971 

7 106

Constitutions used to draft first NCWSA Constitution 1964 

7 107

Historical materials 1963-1966 

7 108-110

Historical materials regarding officiating services in the Northwest 1941-1963 

7 111-112

Home Office Feasibility Study 1979 

7 113

Incorporating community colleges into NCWSA 1977 

7 114

Mountain West Conference proposal 1982-1983 

8 115

Northern Community College Women's Conference 1973 

8 116

Northwest College Women's Sports Association: 1964-1973 1975-1976 

8 117

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 Series 4 Committees 1967-1983 

Box Folder

Executive Board 1973-1983 

8 118-126

Executive Board 1969-1973 

9 127-128

Governing Committee 1975-1978 

9 129-131

Governing Committee questionnaire February 1975 

9 132

Governing Committee 

9 133

Amateur status study 1974-1975 

9 134

Governing Committee 1973-1974 

9 135

Basketball survey April - May 1974 

9 136

Governing Committee 1972-1973 

9 137

Dorthea Coleman's Governing Committee files 1972-1973 

9 138

Governing Committee 1965-1972 

10 139-145

Student committees 1975-1980 

10 146

Ethics and Eligibility Committee 1970-1982 

10 147-157

Awards Committee 1977-1978 

10 158

Sports Advisors committee 1965-1979 

10 159-171

Facilities 

10 172

Tournament correspondence 1967-1969 

10 173

Tournament packets 1974-1977 

10 174

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 Series 5 Sports 1940-1982 

Box Folder

Badminton 1967-1977 

11 175

Northwest Women's Basketball League 1979-1982 

11 176-179

Basketball history undated 

11 180

Basketball 1978-1982 

11 181-188

Basketball 1974-1978 

12 189-200

Basketball 1964-1974 

13 212

Bowling 1968-1977 

13 213-221

Cross country 1974-1982 

13 222

Fencing 1974 

13 223

Field Hockey 1940-1982 

14 224-243

Gymnastics 1968-1982 

15 244-257

Skiing 1953-1980 

15 258-260

Soccer 1980-1981 

15 261

Softball 1969-1982 

15 262

Swimming and diving 1975-1982 

15 263-269

Swimming and diving 1966-1975 

16 270-277

Tennis 1960-1986 

16 278-295

Track and field 1968-1982 

17 296-304

Volleyball 1966-1982 

17 305-320

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 Series 6 Miscellaneous 1971-1982 

Box Folder

Athletic Director workshops 1974-1981 

18 321-328

Officiating Services 1973-1982 

18 329-336

Officiating Services 1971-1973 

19 337-339

Financial Aid regulations 1973-1976 

19 340

NCAA 1981-1982 

19 341

NAIA 1979 

19 342

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