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Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education negatives, 1932-1963

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains negatives, on glass and on film, of the student athletes and sports teams at Columbia University from the 1930s to the 1960s.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0319
Bib ID 14606777 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Title Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education negatives, 1932-1963
Physical Description 6 Linear Feet (12 card boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located onsite.

This collection has no restrictions. However, gloves must be worn while handling the photographic negatives in the collection.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the negatives, on glass and on film, of the sports teams, student athletes and coaches at Columbia University from the 1930s to the 1960s. In addition, there are photos of campus events (e.g., rallies, commencement), playing fields (e.g., Baker Field, Camp Columbia) and other friends of the Athletics program (e.g., Athletics Association (AA), Varsity "C" Club). It also includes other sports-related groups such as the Band and the cheerleaders. Many of the photographs were taken by University Photographer Manny Warman.

  • Series I: Individuals, 1933-1963

    This series contains photographs of student athletes, coaches and managers, organized alphabetically. It also includes negatives of some group photos, sports fields, campus events, etc.

  • Series II: Sports Teams, 1932-1963

    This series contains photographs of the sports teams and games. Negatives are organized by sport and then by year. There are also photographs of non-intercollegiate teams, including the band, the cheerleaders and intramural games.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located onsite.

This collection has no restrictions. However, gloves must be worn while handling the photographic negatives in the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education negatives, Box number; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

This collection was originally part of the Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education records, 1890-2015 (UA#0211). All of the negatives found in filing cabinets have been collected here. The photographic prints are included in the records collection.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jay Castro (CC 2020) in 2019. Finding aid was written by Joanna Rios in February 2020.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Athletes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Athletics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baseball Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College sports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Sports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Football Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In 1867, the Trustees gave a student-led baseball team a $200 grant to purchase equipment and with that, Columbia went on to defeat NYU and City Colloege, but lose to Yale and Princeton, in its first season of intercollegiate athletics. In 1870, Columbia played its first football game, only the fourth intercollegiate contest in the history of the sport, on November 12, 1870. Columbia lost to Rutgers by a score of 6-3. In 1873 in its first outing, Columbia crew placed fourth in a field of thirteen, but, the very following year, they won the first regatta of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. Track fielded its first team in 1876. Early sporting events such as these were both student-run and student- and alumni-financed. There were numerous alumni-controlled organizations in charge (e.g, Columbia College Athletic Union (CCAU) and later the Columbia University Athletic Association (CUAA), and some for separate sports (e.g. Columbia University Football Association).

In 1901, the University Council passed a resolution to appoint a University Committee of Student Organizations to supervise and control all student organizations, athletic and other. And so, the faculty were put in control of athletics at Columbia, but alumni remained involved. Each team had a graduate manager. It was in this period, that the Columbia Lion was adopted as a sports symbol (1910).

In 1931, the University Trustees took control over intercollegiate athletics when the Athletic Association's debt exceeded $200,000. The Trustees argued that athletics should be considered a student activity, conducted by the University for the benefit of students. The takeover also coincided with the glory days of Lou Little's football teams. Between 1931 and 1934, Columbia won 30 games, tied 2 and lost 4, and won the 1934 Rose Bowl.

Ralph J. Furey, who had been appointed Director of Athletics in 1943, was the first to be appointed Director of Physical Education and Athletics in 1946. Centralizing control under one department allowed administrators to enhance the educational value of the physical education curriculum. This joint arrangement has been in place since.

Ralph J. Furey (1946-1968); Kenneth G. Germann (1967-1973); Alvin Paul (1974-1991); John A. Reeves (1991-2004); Dianne Murphy (2004-2015); Peter E. Pilling (2015-present).