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Jun-Nicole Matsushita papers

Identifier: IWA1325

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Scope and Contents

The Jun-Nicole Matsushita papers date from 1999 to 2012 and measure 10 linear inches in 2 boxes. The records are arranged in three series: North American Society for Sports History (1999-2004), Help Us Give Slings (2005-2012), and University of Iowa (1999-2007).

The North American Society for Sports History series (1999-2004) contains historical research papers on women in sports Matsushita wrote and published through the North American Society for Sports History (NASSH). Correspondence with NASSH and NASSH pamphlets, along with Matsushita’s notebooks, are also included.

The Help Us Give Slings series (2005-2012) includes promotional materials, budget papers, correspondence, and news articles for the organization Help Us Give Slings (HUGS). Matsushita started HUGS in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and was able to donate over 3,000 slings to mothers affected by natural disasters. Included in this series are materials related to Matsushita’s doula business.

The University of Iowa series (1999-2007) contains Matsushita’s theses and notes written for her master’s degree in Health, Leisure, and Sports. Also included are materials and CDs about Matsushita’s participation in the University of Iowa’s Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women event in 2007.


  • Creation: 1999-2012


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

Biographical / Historical

Jun-Nicole Matsushita attended the University of Iowa from 1999 to 2006, earning a master’s in Health, Leisure, and Sports studies. During that time, Matsushita was an active member of the North American Society for Sports History and employed at the Iowa Women’s Archives. Matsushita presented multiple historical research papers on the intersections of women’s health, women and sports, and women’s clothing, particularly during the Victorian era.

In 2004, when the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami occurred, Matsushita created the non-profit organization Help Us Give Slings (HUGS). HUGS raised funds to buy baby-wearing slings to donate to mothers that suffered natural disasters or were living in refugee camps, having donated over 3,000 slings. During that time, Matsushita became self-employed as a doula, starting the business Bamboo Birth Services.

Matsushita relocated to Oregon working as a content creator and engaging in powerlifting.


10 linear inches (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Papers of Jun-Nicole Matsushita, an University of Iowa student, doula, and founder of Help Us Give Slings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1326) were donated by Jun-Nicole Matsushita in 2013.

Jun-Nicole Matsushita papers
Abbie Steuhm, 2023.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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