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Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) records

Identifier: IWA1333

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Scope and Contents

The IGHSAU records date from 1947 to 1993 and measure 2 linear feet in 5 boxes. The records are arranged in three series: Girls Basketball Scrapbooks, Girls Six on Six Basketball Iowa State Tournament Films, Girls Six on Six Basketball Iowa State Tournament Videocassettes.

The Girls Basketball Scrapbooks series (1948-1970) consists of five boxes of scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings and other basketball memorabilia.

The Girls Six on Six Basketball Iowa State Tournament Films series (1947-1981) includes 100 reel-to-reel films of state tournament games.

The Girls Six on Six Basketball Iowa State Tournament Videocassettes series (1947-1993) includes 46 videocassettes of state tournament basketball games, both six-on-six and five-on-five.


  • Creation: 1947 - 1993

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.

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Biographical / Historical

In the 1920s, Iowa was one of the few states that allowed girls to participate in high school basketball, and the sport saw a rise in popularity in the state's rural schools. Larger schools in the state, however, lacked this passion and raised questions about the advantages of girls engaged in physical activity. At the 1925 Iowa State Teachers' Conference, these disagreements came to a head. The annual meeting of superintendents and principals determined that girls' basketball would no longer be a state-sponsored interscholastic activity since competitive sports in front of paying spectators were better suited for boys' activities. They made the decision to establish their own organization. If the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which at the time supervised all high school sporting events, refused to fund female basketball, then they would form the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU).

The IGHSAU formerly oversaw the women-dominated sports of gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and indoor track and field. Basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, and volleyball are the sports now managed by the IGHSAU.


2 Linear Feet (100 Reel-to-Reel films; 46 Videocassettes.)

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The governing body for girls' junior and senior high school sports in the state of Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1483) were donated by Jean Berger in 2019 and Jason Eslinger in 2022.

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) records
Emma Barton-Norris, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)