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Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00327

Scope and Contents

The material dates from the establishment of the organization in 1970 to its dissolution in 1983 and contains correspondence, printed material, forms, photographs, and ephemera relating to the EAIAW's activities and programs, including some material of its national affiliate, the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

SERIES I. ADMINISTRATION documents the organization's early history, olicies and procedures, constitution and by-laws, Executive Board memberbership and meetings, committees, publications, finances, and membership.

SERIES II. PROGRAMS includes program meeting minutes, correspondence, agendas, programs of 27 meetings and delegate assemblies held between 1970 and 1983. Also materials relating to the championships sponsored by EAIAW between 1972 and 1983. Six additional sections relate to various programs of the EAIAW on awards, junior and community colleges, training for basketball officials, Title IX, surveys, and rules.

SERIES III. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS includes records of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and various programs in which the AIAW was involved. There is also printed material, correspondence, and ephemera related to 13 additional organizations with which the EAIAW had relations.

Dates of Materials

  • 1970-1984

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

There has been no formal transfer of literary rights to the Sophia Smith Collection. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

In 1967 a committee appointed by the National and Eastern Associations of Physical Education for College Women was formed to study the status of women's intercollegiate competition. In 1970 the executive board appointed the Eastern Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (ECIAW) to establish regional championships and develop and implement a structure for an ongoing governing organization for women's intercollegiate athletics in the eastern region. In 1972 the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) was formed as the regional governing body for intercollegiate athletics. They held meetings, produced publications, and sponsored intercollegiate championships in fifteen sports.

In 1982 the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW's national affiliate) charged that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was engaging in anti-competitive action by offering women's championships. AIAW suspended operations. The EAIAW held its final meeting in 1983. In 1984 a federal appeals court ruled that the NCAA did not violate antitrust laws.

Extent

21 boxes (20.5 linear feet)

Overview

Intercollegiate athletic association. Records include correspondence, printed material, forms, photographs, and ephemera relating to the EAIAW's activities and programs, including some material of its national affiliate, the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of the EAIAW were received between 1978 and 1984.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.
Title
Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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