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Athletic Association records

Identifier: CA-MS-00166

Scope and Contents

The Athletic Association records contain materials describing the history and scope of participation of the group in college events, as well as its organization, associated groups, and the changes in athletic policy at Smith College. Types of materials include student handbooks, the constitutions and bylaws, advertisements for events, other announcements, officer records and notes, minutes, budgets, agendas, and photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1900 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

The organization was started in spring, 1893 as the Gymnasium and Field Association. The name was changed in 1915 to the Athletic Association. It originally had oversight of all inter-class sports, and later expanded to sanction inter-house and intercollegiate events as well. The group has also overseen parts of such college events as Father's Day, Field Day, Float Night, and Rally Day.


2.208 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



The collection contains materials that document the history of the Athletic Association, including its constitutions and bylaws, minutes, officer notes, and information on the events sponsored by the organization.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Athletic Association.

Related Material

Researchers should also view:

  1. 52. Athletic Department Records
  2. 52. Physical Education Department Records
  3. 80. Athletic Subject Files

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the Athletic Association records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Tiffany Tawzer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-10-29: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2020-01-02: Added boxes 1&2, updated events and dates

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063