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Geraldine K. Barnes papers

Identifier: 010.GKB

Scope and Contents

The Geraldine K. Barnes papers consist of textual paper documents and paper-back books. The Personal Papers series comprises Box 1 of the collection, and contains biographical information, faculty reports, correspondence, and Division of Girls and Women's Sports (DGWS) administrative materials. The series, "Division of Girls and Women's Sports," comprising five boxes of the collection, contains paperback rule books pertaining to the various sports Barnes was involved with at Eastern Michigan University and were used for instruction and coaching purposes when much of the male and female faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (HPERD) were also responsible for coaching competitive athletics. These books provide insight into Barnes' time and work regimen at Eastern Michigan while simultaneously shedding light on the value of physical education in the early to mid-19th Century, the era in which the rulebooks were produced. Although not a complete picture of Barnes' tenure on faculty, her collection of rule books provides insight into the diversity of responsibility placed on the teaching faculty in the Department of HPERD.


  • Creation: 1964 - 1993


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Biographical / Historical

Born on November 27, 1938, in Washington, Iowa, Geraldine K. Barnes graduated from Adrian High School before receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Adrian College in 1962. Going on to earn her Master's Degree in Physical Education at Michigan State University, Barnes then taught Physical Education at Grand Haven Jr. High from 1962-1963, and was then hired at Eastern Michigan University in 1964 as a Sports Skills Specialist. During her time at EMU, Barnes started the women's speed swimming team, coached softball, golf, and basketball, assisted with the synchronized swimming program, and was active in women's intramural activities. Barnes served as the first Women's Athletic Director when Women's Althletics was moved from administrative responsibility of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance into the administrative responsibility of the Athletic Department.

In the classroom, Barnes developed courses in track and field, soccer, flag football, beginning and intermediate volleyball, officiating, speed swimming, analysis, fitness, computer applications, cross country skiing, and golf. Throughout her tenure at EMU, Barnes held many official positions, including: Michigan representative at the First and Second National Institutes on Women's Sports, Co-Chair of Michigan's First and Second Institutes on Girls' Sports, Executive Board member of the Midwest Association for College and University Physical Education, college representative and Member At Large to the Michigan Division of Girls and Womens' Sports, Treasurer and Commissioner of State of Michigan Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, Chairperson on the Washtenaw County Board of Officials for Women, and Midwest Coordinator of the American Board of Officials for Women's Sports. Barnes' achievements and awards include being a nationally rated official in basketball, National Golf Foundation Certified Clinician, Commissioner of the Year award from State of Michigan Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and a Certificate of Commendation from Eastern Michigan University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for contributions to the success of women in today's society, 1985.

Barnes retired from Eastern Michigan University in 1994 and still resides in Ypsilanti.


4 Linear Feet (1 archive box, 5 oversize boxes)

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The Geraldine K. Barnes papers contain resumes, biographical information, annual faculty evaluations, correspondence, Division of Girls' and Women's Sports administrative documents (agendas and meeting minutes), and sports rulebooks published in the early to mid-19th Century. The collection serves as a cross section of Barnes' tenure at Eastern Michigan University and is a more completely a picture of girls and womens sports in the early 1900s.

Geralidine K. Barnes papers
Alexis Braun Marks, CA
2017 November 14
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197