Guide to the Womens’ Recreation Association Papers 1938-1968
Archives 302

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Womens’ Recreation Association Papers
Archives 302
Date [inclusive]
3.0 boxes
The collection contains scrapbooks, clippings, papers and photographs concerning the WRA (Womens' Recreation Association) at Washington State University.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Womens’ Recreation Association Papers, 1938-1968 (UA 302)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Womens’ Recreation Association (WRA) was set up to fulfill recreational needs and desires of women students on campus. It had three parts: recreational clubs, intramurals, and co-rec. Intramurals gave the women opportunity to compete based on living groups. There was an intramural board which consisted of the vice president of the WRA and two appointed WRA members. The board selected a manager for each activity. The activities included badminton, volleyball, co-ed volleyball, swimming, basketball, bowling, skiing, gymnastics, track and field, archery, synchronized swimming, co-ed golf, tennis, and softball. The Crimson W program also fell under the WRA. The Crimson W, an honorary athletic organization for women, encourages good sportsmanship and sponsors athletic enterprise on the campus. To earn a Crimson W, the women had to participate in a variety of activities within the sports department and earn 900 points.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection was maintained in its original order, with the scrapbooks moved to the end. Box 1 consists of the two notebooks and folders with photos and papers relating to meetings, and “Crimson W”. The second box consists of three scrapbook albums which include news clippings and photographs. The third box contains the three scrapbooks added in 2010, removed from their bindings and foldered.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2012
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was acquired on December 15, 1992 from Barbara Hagedorn of WSU’s Physical Education, and retained as UA1992-40. It was processed in February 2011 by Library and Information Science graduate student Katrina Burch. During that processing two scrapbooks received in 2009 from Joanne Washburn of WSU’s Women’s Athletics as part of accession UA2009-10 were incorporated into this collection. Processing and description of this collection was funded in part through a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” grant for Washington Women’s History to the Washington Women’s History Consortium, a part of the Washington State Historical Society.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Katrina Burch.

Appraisal note

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related records relating to dance and the Physical Education Majors (PEM) club can be found in Archives 19.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--Womens' Recreation Association--Archives


  • Colleges and Universities.
  • Physical education for women--Washington (State)--Pullman--Archives
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Black notebook with Gamma Phi Epsilon written on first page. Contains meeting minutes, 10/13/1938 to 3/18/1943 

1 1

Black notebook with a crimson W on the front cover. Contains installation notice, meeting notes from 10/30/1939 to 5/19/1960, roll call and member lists from 1939-1960, guidelines, and bylaws of the Crimson W organization. 1939-1960 


Photographs. Track, undated 


Photographs. Women’s athletics, archery, undated 


Blue and gold scrapbook. Includes photos from PE department, undated 

2 5

Green/teal scrapbook. All about WRA, including photos, news clips, 1960 


PEM (Physical Education Majors) Club scrapbook. Includes photos and news articles. Fragile. 1955 – 1968 


WRA Scrapbook, 1942-1955 

3 8-12

WRA Scrapbook, 1956-1967 


WRA Scrapbook, 1959