University of Iowa Women's Athletics records
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Scope and Contents
The University of Iowa Women's Athletics records contains budget and record keeping materials from 1979-2001, women's basketball materials from 1985-2005, and task force records from the 2000 merger of the men's and women's athletic departments. They measure 6.25 linear feet and arranged into four series: Budget, Basketball, Task force records, and Events
The Budget series (1979-2001) contains documents related to the financial activities and records of the Department of Women's Athletics. Materials include ticket reports, budget documents, and other accounting records.
The Basketball series (1985-2005) contains programs and a team poster, documents from a 1990 Friendshop Tour, and photographs and tournament pins from the NCAA women's basketball midwest tournament hosted by the University of Iowa in 1993, an event titled "Hoops in the Heartland."
The Task Force Records series (1989-2007) contains materials related to the merging of the men's and women's athletic departments. Documents include correspondence between task force members, University staff, and the Board in Control of Athletics, as well as meeting minutes and strategic plans collected around the 2000 merger.
The Events series (2007) contains materials related to the recognition and celebration of Christine Grant's achievements as women's athletics director at Iowa.
- Creation: 1989-2007
- Grant, Christine (1936-2021) (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The records are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
However, copyright status for some collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge the Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, as the source of the material. For further information, visit https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/services/rights/
Biographical / Historical
Varsity sports at the University of Iowa began in the 1870s, although organized varsity sports for women were not offered until after the passage of Title IX legislation in 1973 that required equal funding for men's and women's sport teams at institutions receiving federal funds.
Already a leading member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the University hired Deparmtent of Physical Education for Women faculty member Christine Grant as its inaugural women's athletics director. During Grant's tenure, Iowa added twelve National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sports, and teams from those programs won a combined twenty seven Big Ten titles.
Anticipating Grant's retirement, the University convened a task force in 2000 to evaluate gender equity in the school's athletic departments. After deliberation, the task force recommended the men's and women's athletic departments be merged under one director following Grant's retirement.
Men's athletic director Bob Bowlsby took over the combined department upon Grant's retirement in 2000. Bowlsby was replaced by athletic director Gary Barta in 2006.
6.25 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The University of Iowa Women's Athletics records contains budget and record keeping materials from 1979-2001, women's basketball materials from 1985-2005, and task force records from the 2000 merger of the men's and women's athletic departments.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated by the University of Iowa's Intercollegiate Athletics (donor 251) in 1994 and subsequent years, and by Ray Muston (donor 1356) in 2014.
- Katherine Walden
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