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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Arkansas Women's Intercollegiate Sports Association Collection, 1966-1983
3.0 Linear feet6 document boxes
Material is arranged chronologically and by organization, local to regional to national.
Scope and Content
This collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, membership and tournament records, and financial records concerning the Arkansas Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Association (AWISA). This collection also contains official minutes and other information for related women’s sports organizations.
In the early 1900s, women's sports were more recreational than competitive in nature, and formal competition between educational institutions did not take place until the 1940s. Intercollegiate women’s sports became more accepted after World War II, a time when women were experiencing a shift in societal roles and greater freedom than in previous decades. However, efforts to organize and govern women’s championships would not reach Arkansas until the 1960s with the formation of the Arkansas Women’s Extramural Sports Association (AWESA).
AWESA began in 1965 as a result of women physical educators in Arkansas colleges arranging competitive events between schools. Educators believed forming an association to govern athletic events would lead to greater participation in women's sports and greater recognition for female athletes. In 1973, due to affiliation with the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), a national organization, AWESA changed its name to the Arkansas Intercollegiate Athletics Association (AWISA).
AWISA disbanded in the 1980s, as women's athletic departments increasingly chose to affiliate with the formerly all-male National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), largely as a result of Title IX.
Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
College sports for women--Arkansas
Southwestern Assocation for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
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Arkansas Women's Intercollegiate Sports Association, 1966-1983, UALR.MS.0186. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, location of item in the collection, Arkansas Women's Intercollegiate Sports Association, 1966-1983, UALR.MS.0186.