Guide to the Physical Education for Women Program Files, 1920-1967

Collection number: UA 9/8/1
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About the Department of Physical Education for Women

The Department of Physical Education for Women was established in 1916. It was compulsory for three years and optional during the senior year. During World War II the Women's Physical Education program changed the emphasis of the program from physical recreation to conditioning and training. The theory was that the women needed to be in top physical condition to be able to participate in the war effort once they left college. The program was brought to the attention of "Life" Magazine, which ran a long article on the program. Newsreel photographers from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, 20th Century Fox and Paramount came to campus to make feature shorts of the program.

About the Physical Education for Women Program Files

This series contains a description of the World War II conditioning program and the publicity that the program generated. It also contains information on other programs sponsored by the Physical Education for Women and the Women's Recreation Association.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Physical Education for Women Program Files, 1920-1967, UA 9/8/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was compiled from various sources.

Life Magazine, "Girl's ROTC: New Hampshire Coeds Toughen Up for War", Archives Oversize 378 N5E L5

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11920-1935Demonstrations; May Day and Mother's Day Programs
Box 1, Folder 21941-1945War Training Program
Box 1, Folder 31942-1952Correspondence on War Training Program
Box 1, Folder 41943Publicity - War Training Program
Box 1, Folder 51943Voluntary Health Program
Box 1, Folder 61943"Country Fair" Pagent
Box 1, Folder 71946-1960Dance Programs
Box 1, Folder 81949-1955Gymkhana and Horse Shows
Box 1, Folder 9Misc. fliers for Women's Recreation Association Programs
Box 1, Folder 101957Modified Program in Physical Education for Women for the Handicapped Student
Box 1, Folder 111946-1967Student Questionnaires on the Women's Physical Education Program
Box 1, Folder 121950Secretarial Handbook for the Department of Physical Education for Women
Box 1, Folder 131947-1964Annual Budget (Supplies)