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Recreational sports records

Identifier: ua-00021

Scope and Content

The collection documents the history of recreational (intramural/extramural) sports at the University of Minnesota. Materials include correspondence, newsletters, administrative papers, mailing lists, long range planning reports, clippings, physical education curriculum, and photographs. A collection of game rules from various sports as well as handbooks and programs are also included in the records.


  • 1928-2006
  • Majority of material found in 1960-1983


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

In 1881 the first unofficial sports club was organized at the University of Minnesota. The "archery club" was followed by a chess club in 1887, a bike club, and men's and women's basketball clubs. The intramural department was established in 1922 and the first sports director, W.R. Smith, was hired in 1924. The department began to flourish in the 1970s after Pat Mueller became director of the department. Unlike clubs of the past, these new clubs were designated as official and the department was given a budget, mostly supported by student service fees. In 1975 the name of the department was changed from intramurals-extramurals to recreational sports.


28.3 Cubic Feet (29)


Collection contains the records of the recreational sports department at the University of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Administration
  2. Reports
  3. Committees and Task Forces
  4. Handbooks, Programs and Newsletters
  5. Clubs
  6. Game Rules
  7. Photographs

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1987. Additional deposits were made up to 2006.

Recreational Sports records, 1928-2006
Karen Spilman
June 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

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