Collection Number: 40270

Collection Title: Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4800 items)
Abstract The University of North Carolina's first course in recreation was offered in the Department of Sociology in 1921. By 1941, several courses designed to prepare students for careers in recreation leadership were being offered. Beginning in 1955-1956, two recreation-related graduate degrees were offered: the master of arts in sociology with emphasis on recreation leadership and the master of science in recreation administration. Though most of the courses for the master of science degree were in sociology, some were in other departments. Thus, the Curriculum in Recreation Administration was established. It was housed initially in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, then in the School of Education (1968-1974), and then in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1986, the name of the curriculum was changed to Curriculum in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration. In 1998, the curriculum became the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The department was dissolved in 2004, and its curriculum was transferred to the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Records consist largely of correspondence, speeches, and other writings of the chairs of the curriculum and, later, the department. Also included are annual reports, faculty meeting minutes, materials related to symposia and other events, and photographs. Much of the material documents the activities of Harold D. Meyer, who joined the sociology faculty in 1921 and was the first chair of the Curriculum in Recreation Administration. Other chairs who figure prominently in the records are H. Douglas Sessoms, Lee E. Meyer, and Karla A. Henderson.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Recreation and Leisure Studies.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40270, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Received from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in May 2004 (Records transfer 20040525.1).
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The University of North Carolina's first course in recreation was offered in the Department of Sociology in 1921. By 1941, several courses designed to prepare students for careers in recreation leadership were being offered. Beginning in 1955-1956, two recreation-related graduate degrees were offered: the master of arts in sociology with emphasis on recreation leadership and the master of science in recreation administration. Though most of the courses for the master of science degree were in sociology, some were in other departments. Thus, the Curriculum in Recreation Administration was established. It was housed initially in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, then in the School of Education (1968-1974), and then in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1986, the name of the curriculum was changed to Curriculum in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration. In 1998, the curriculum became the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The department was dissolved in 2004, and its curriculum was transferred to the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Harold D. Meyer, who joined the sociology faculty in 1921, led the development of coursework in recreation and became the first chair of the Recreation Curriculum. He was succeeded in 1963 by H. Douglas Sessoms, who served as chair until 1990. From 1990 until 1995, Lee E. Meyer was chair. Charles Bullock served briefly before being succeeded by Karla A. Henderson, who chaired the department from 1996 until it was dissolved in 2004.

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Records consist largely of the correspondence, speeches, and other writings of the chairs of the curriculum and, later, the department. Also included are annual reports, faculty meeting minutes, materials related to symposia and other events, and numerous photographs. Much of the material documents the activities of Harold D. Meyer, who joined the sociology faculty in 1921 and was the first chair of the Curriculum in Recreation Administrtation. Included is a scrapbook, dated approximately 1913 to 1918, kept by Harold Meyer while he was at the University of Georgia. Other chairs who figure prominently in the records are H. Douglas Sessoms, Lee E. Meyer, and Karla A. Henderson.

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4800 items.

Note that, for the most part, original file titles have been retained.

Box 1

Harold D. Meyer Banquet, 1997-2000, 2002 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Recreation Society, 1981-1982 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Symposium: Recreation's Responsibility for Select Populations, 1990 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Department Newsletters, 1991-2001 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Department Self-Study, 1995 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Undergraduate Handbooks, 1993-2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Accreditation, 1998, 2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Accreditation Report and Correspondence, 2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Departmental Status, 1998 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Departmental Dissolution, 2004 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Snapshots, 1990s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Snapshots, 1989-1995 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Camp Day, March for Parks, Durham Bulls Game, Meyer Banquet.

Snapshots: Faculty/Staff, 1980s-1990s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Snapshots, 1990s, 2002 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Slides: Rock Climbing, undated #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Various Department Photographs #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Snapshots, 1990s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Department Photographs, 1990s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Recreation Society, 1992-1995 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

March for Parks, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Minor League Baseball Game, Various Events, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Outdoor Recreation Retreat, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Harold D. Meyer Award Banquet: Photographs, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Evergreen House: Photograph Album, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Events, 1997-2000: Christmas, Durham Bulls Game, Meyer Banquet #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

60th Anniversary, 2000 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Departmental Awards, 1997-2002 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 1

Box 2

Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1985-1987, 1989-2004 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Faculty Notes, 1994-2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Recreation and Leisure Studies Course Syllabi, Spring 2002-Fall 2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Annual Reports and Curriculum, 1974-2004 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Evergreen House #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Strategic Plan, 1997 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Harold D. Meyer Banquet, 1987, 1991-1994 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Kelvin Bryant Scholarship, 1995 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Award Recipients, 1996 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Awards,1996 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 2

Box 3

Society of Park and Recreation Educators: Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1968-1969 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Speaker Programs, 1922-1975 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Awards #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: University of Georgia Scrapbook, 1913-1917 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Biographical #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Curriculum Vitae #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Personal Photographs #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: "The Spirit of Play" Script, 1928 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Correspondence, 1910s-1970s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Poetry and Songs #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Delta Tau Delta, "Rainbow," 1938 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Speeches, 1920-1940 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Speeches, 1940s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Speeches, 1940s-1950s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: University Extension, 1940s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Curriculum Restructuring #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Speeches, 1950s-1960s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Book Draft, 1958 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Harold Meyer: Retirement, 1960s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

James Sellars Letters, Harold Meyer Dissertation #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Letters about Harold Meyer to Sellars, who was writing a dissertation on Meyer.

Harold Meyer Memorial Fund #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Lee Meyer: Correspondence, 1982, 1984-1989 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 3

Box 4

Department Chronology, 1921-1990, 2003 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Includes "Leadership and Service" Party Guestbook, 2003.

Douglas Sessoms: "Eight Decades of Leadership Development" Manuscript #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Leisure and Recreation Photographs, 1940s-1990s #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Curriculum, 1958-1993 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Recreation Commission Papers: Lee E. Meyer, B.K. Hunnicut, Alexander Reid Martin #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Douglas Sessoms: Papers and Speeches, 1975-1979 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

"Philosophical Alternatives and the Professionalization of Therapeutic Recreation," Lee Meyer, 1980 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

National Recreation and Park Awards: National Awards, Douglas Sessoms, 1981 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Douglas Sessoms: Correspondence, 1990-1996 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Correspondence: Douglas Sessoms Retirement Party, 1995 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Abstracts, Graduate Leisure Research Symposium, 1994-2001 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Douglas Sessoms: Correspondence on "P and R Needs for Special Populations," Symposium: 1989-1990 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Douglas Sessoms: Book Dictation #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Karla Henderson: Correspondence, 1996-2001 #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Videocassettes, Harold Meyer #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

Two videocassettes.

Audiotape, "Douglas Sessoms Keynote" #40270, Series: "Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2004." Box 4

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Processed by: Jennie Rose Halperin, October 2011

Encoded by: Jennie Rose Halperin, October 2011

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