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Recreation Association Records

Identifier: UA 0051.26

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records of the Recreation Association, a student organization at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  The materials reflect the group's activities related to intermural sports and other recreational programs at the University.

These records contain material related to the Recreation Association's involvement in organizing and hosting various intermural club sports including archery, basketball, bowling, golf, hockey, lacrosse, softball, swimming, and volleyball. Also included in the collection are items about state and national athletic associations for women. The types of material in the collection comprise of committee minutes, constitutions, correspondence, flyers, final reports and evaluations, manuals, meeting minutes, memorandums, programs, reports, and sports schedules.


  • 1925-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Recreation Association was a student organization created in 1941 for the purpose of managing and overseeing intermural athletics as well as other recreational activities on the University campus. The recreation program was divided into four leagues based on residence halls and named for four popular campus figures: Harriet Elliott, Louise Alexander, Charles W. Phillips, and Key L. Barkley. Each year, hundreds of students participated in a variety of sports and activities including basketball, dance, golf, and swimming. Prior to the creation of Recreation Association, sports at the University were managed by the student Athletic Association, created in 1900. It actively recruited members to take part in a variety of athletic competitions including basketball and tennis. Class teams were formed, each with their own cheers. While most of the competitions took places between classes, there is evidence that some basketball and tennis games were played against local schools like Guilford and Greensboro Colleges. In the early 1970s, intermural sports on campus were still divided along gender lines with female sports being organized by the Recreation Association. However, in the mid-1970s the Recreation Association's control over intramural sports shifted with the establishment of the Division of Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports under the School of Health Education and Recreation. This change brought male and female intramural sports under one director and subsequently brought an end to the Recreation Association.

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The Recreation Association was a student organization created in 1941 for the purpose of overseeing athletic completion and recreational activities on campus.

This collection consists of correspondence, flyers, manuals, minutes, programs, and reports which document the organizations involvement with intermural sports and recreational activities from 1925-1977.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is arranged into one Series that is organized in alphabetical order.

Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1983.

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Processing Information

Sean A. Mulligan, August 2011

Recreation Association Records
Sean A. Mulligan
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US