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Women's Recreation Association files

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Identifier: 5TW

Scope and Content of the Collection

Publications and minutes of local and national womens athletics organizations in which Marygrace Colby participated. Includes records and publications of various college women's athletics organizations in which Colby was active, including Women's Recreation Association, Northern California Women's Intercollegiate Council and NORPAC.


  • Other: 1963-1985



The collection is open for research. There are no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Materials in Archives & Special Collections may be subject to copyright. All requests for permission to publish from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Permission for publication is given on behalf of Archives & Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials, and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials.

Organizational History

Marygrace Colby, hired to caoch womens sports in 1963, became womens athletics director. The WRA offered women the opportunity to participate in and organized sports program, intramural and extramural. No academic credit was offered. WRA was student-run, with a faculty moderator, Marygrace Colby. Marygrace Colby, hired to coach women's sports, came to SCU in 1963, two years after SCU admitted women.

Organizational History

Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College and is California’s oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asìs, the eighth of the original 21 California missions. The college originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. The institution became known as the University of Santa Clara in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law were added. For 110 years, Santa Clara University was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and Santa Clara University became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students and faculty tripled over the next decade and the university began the largest building program in school history with eight residence halls, a student union, and an athletic stadium. In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the university for generations to come. In 1985, the university adopted Santa Clara University as its official name. Bibliography: Santa Clara University. “About SCU – History.” (Accessed Nov. 23, 2010) McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. The University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1979.


1.5 linear feet (1.5 linear feet (4 boxes))

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Organized into 4 series: Womens sports history, Bay Area 1963-1985; NCIA conference handbooks; PSRARFCW 1965-1973; and AIAW (including WAIAW) 1971-1983.

Physical Location

This collection is located in Santa Clara University Library's Archives & Special Collections.

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Processing Information

Collection processed prior to 2020. Legacy collection data migrated from existing MARC records by Evan Rabinowitz in 2020. Please consult Archives & Special Collections staff regarding the existence of container lists or other finding aids for this collection.

Guide to Women's Recreation Association files
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Legacy collection data migrated from existing MARC records by Evan Rabinowitz in 2020. Reviewed by Nadia Nasr.
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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, Santa Clara University Library Repository

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