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Athletics collection

Identifier: 03.A

Scope and Contents

The Athletics collection spans from the years 1890 to 2014 with a gap between 1970 to 2000 in the men's and women's articles and statistics. The collection includes agendas, bylaws, correspondence, marketing plans, minutes, proposals, policies, and reports. There are also handbooks, photos, clippings, newsletters, booklets, flyers, games notes, media guides, memorabilia, pamphlets, schedules, programs, and ticket stubs.

The materials in the collection have been arranged as they have been donated. Records are organized by type of record and include: Administrative Files, Audio-Visual Materials, Handbooks, Press, Programs and Events, and Memorabilia. Most materials have been futher organized by mens and womens teams and then by sport. While not a complete record of althetics, it is comprehensive.

More recent statistics, rosters and Athletic Hall of Fame individuals can be found through the Athletic Department website:


  • Creation: 1890 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

Box 51 contains materials related to FERPA and PII.

Administrative Note

Eastern Michigan University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is an integral part of the higher education experience and is operated in harmony with the University's educational objectives. They are committed to the intellectual, cultural, physical and social development of all student-athletes attending the University.

Athletics have had a long history at Eastern Michigan University. In 1891, the initial season of men's sports started with football, followed by baseball in 1893, basketball in 1897, track in 1898, cross country in 1911, gymnastics in 1960, golf in 1962, swimming 1964, tennis in 1969, and finally Soccer in 1980. In 1976, the initial season of women's sports started with basketball, followed by volleyball, cross country, track, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, and field hockey in the same year. Softball's initial season was in 1981, soccer in 1995 and golf in 1996.

In 1892, the Michigan State Normal College (MSNC) joined Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and in 1920 joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association(MIAA). In 1927, MSNC left the MIAA and joined the Michigan Collegiate Conference and in 1950 joined the Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 1960, the athletic season was referred to as the year of the Huron with four of the eleven athletic teams winning national championships and two others were runner-ups to a national title. In 1962, MSNC, now Eastern Michigan University (EMU), left IIAC and joined the Presidents Athletic Conference, and in 1971, EMU was admitted into the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Between the years of 1970 and 1975, for the second consecutive year, they captured league championships in cross country, as well as baseball, placed second in track, and third in swimming. EMU is also affiliated as NCAA Division-1 members, maintaining its status since 1976.

EMU fields more athletic teams than any other MAC school, and in the 2006-2007 season won 8 MAC championships and received three first-team Academic All-Americans.


110 Linear Feet (38 record center cartons, 9 archive boxes, 3 halfsize archive boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 15 oversize folders, 30 objects)

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The Athletics collection dates from the years 1890-2014, with a gap between 1980-2000 in the men's and women's articles and statistics. The collection includes administrative files, such as correspondence, minutes, agendas, and reports. Also included are athletic handbooks, photos, media guides, sports programs, clippings, ticket stubs, pamphlets, rosters, schedules and flyers. The collection documents both men's and women's organized sports at EMU.


Organized into four series: Series 1. Administrative files; Series 2. Handbooks; Series 3. Press; Series 4. Programs and Events. Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Accruals note

University Archives continues to add materials to the collection. More sports articles and statistics can be found in Digital Commons [] and are arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

For materials relating to athletics before Title IX, see the following collections in the University Archives:

Women's Recreation Association collection [03.WRA]

Women's Physical Education Club scrapbook [04.WPEC]

Women in Physical Education Oral History collection [03.WPE]

Athletics collection
Athletics collection
Tiara Alexander, Amber Davis, Brooke Boyst, CA
2023 May 16
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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