Collection Number: 40276

Collection Title: Department of Exercise and Sport Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1938-2001

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract The Department of Physical Education and Athletics was created in 1935. By the 1938-1939 academic year, both an undergraduate major and a master's degree program had been established. Initially the department included both academic instruction in physical education and the previously existing intercollegiate athletics program, but by the mid-1950s, these two branches had begun to operate autonomously, and the academic program became known simply as the Department of Physical Education. In 1980, efforts began to modernize the department's curriculum. These included multiple attempts to establish a Ph.D. program. During this process, the department's name was changed from Department of Physical Education to Department of Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport Science. In 1999, it was again changed to Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Records consist mostly of routine administrative documents from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Exercise and Sport Science and its predecessors. Annual reports, 1938-1992, often include related letters and memoranda, items related to department awards and achievements, and individual faculty members' reports. Topics include attempts to update its athletic facilities for a growing female population. Faculty meeting minutes, 1980-2000, also contain related memoranda. The records also include manuals and procedures, 1992-2001, related to the graduate program and a 1992 Ph.D. program proposal. Of particular interest are discussions of curriculum, especially the graduate program, in the annual reports and faculty minutes and discussion in the annual reports of the department's involvement in military training during World War II.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Exercise and Sport Science.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40276, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Department of Physical Education and Athletics was created in 1935. Its implementation took a number of years; issues concerning adequate facilities and college credit were among many that had to be addressed. By the 1938-1939 academic year, both an undergraduate major and a master's degree program had been established. Initially the department included both academic instruction in physical education and the previously existing intercollegiate athletics program. Robert A. Fetzer, who was already serving as director of athletics, was the first director of the combined department, while Professor Oliver K. Cornwell was director of physical education, that is, the academic program. Following Fetzer's retirement in 1952, Cornwell became chair of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. By 1955, however, the department's two components had been separated, leaving Cornwell as chair of the Department of Physical Education. In 1967, Richard E. Jamerson replaced Cornwell as chair, and, in 1970, Carl S. Blyth took the position. Though it had been an issue before, Blyth's administration attempted to revise the curriculum and improve the facilities for its female students, a process that would remain a priority for a number of years. In 1980, John Billing became chair, and an effort was made to modernize the program's scope, including multiple attempts to establish a Ph.D. program. It was during these attempts to update the curriculum that the department's name was changed from the Department of Physical Education to the Department of Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport Science. In 1995, Frederick O. Mueller became the head of the department; and, in 1999, the department's name was again changed to Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

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This record group consists mostly of routine administrative documents from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Exercise and Sport Science and its predecessors. Annual reports, 1938-1992, often include related letters and memoranda, items related to department awards and achievements, and individual faculty members' reports. Topics include attempts to update its athletic facilities for a growing female population. Faculty meeting minutes, 1980-2000, also contain related memoranda. The records also include manuals and procedures, 1992-2001, related to the graduate program and a 1992 Ph.D. program proposal. Of particular interest are discussions of curriculum, especially the graduate program, in the annual reports and faculty minutes and discussion in the annual reports of the department's involvement in military training during World War II.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Annual Reports, 1938-1994.

About 1000 items.

This series consists of the annual reports of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and its predecessors, along with materials used in their compilation. Among the latter are letters and memoranda, as well as items related to department awards and achievements. After 1950, individual faculty members' annual reports are often included. There are also scattered annual reports of the intramural program and one annual report of the Carolina Kids Summer Recreation Program. Topics of particular interest in the reports are the department's relationship with the military during World War II, its struggle to update its athletic facilities for a growing female population, and its attempts to establish a Ph.D. program.

Box 1

Annual Reports, 1938-1994 #40276, Series: "1. Annual Reports, 1938-1994." Box 1

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About 600 items.

This series includes agendas and minutes of the meetings of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science's faculty. Related letters and memoranda are also included. Among the topics discussed in the minutes are updating the curriculum and creating a Ph.D. program.

Box 2

Faculty Minutes, 1980-2000 #40276, Series: "2. Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1980-2000." Box 2

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About 350 items.

This series includes graduate program handbooks, 1995-2001, and Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Student Procedures Manuals, 1998-2001.

Box 2

Manuals and Procedures, 1995-2001 #40276, Series: "3. Manuals and Procedures, 1992-2001." Box 2

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About 50 items.

This series includes a 1992 Ph.D. program proposal from the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and a graduate program review, also dated 1992. There is also information on the department's curriculum in Series 1 and Series 2.

Box 2

Graduate Program Review, 1992 #40276, Series: "4. Curriculum, 1992." Box 2

Ph.D. Program Proposal, 1992 #40276, Series: "4. Curriculum, 1992." Box 2

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, September 2008

Encoded by: Patrick Harner, September 2008

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