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National History Day 2022-2023: Frontiers in History

Sports and Physical Education

From outfits and equipment to access to funding, much changed for women in sports over the course of the 20th century. Below you'll find organizations and individuals whose work relates to sports and physical education available at the Schlesinger Library, including archival material and books covering the topic. Materials that have been digitized and are available for remote access are listed first for each category, and materials that must be accessed in-person are listed second.

Additionally, researchers working on projects related to this topic will find the Schlesinger Library's Sports Guide and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Guide of interest.

Further material on the topic can be found by searching HOLLIS, Harvard's online library catalog, for "sports," "athletes," "athletics," "Title IX," and "physical education." Additionally, researchers can search by keywords from a specific sport, such as "basketball" or "field hockey."

Archival Collections - Online

Archival Collections - In-Person

Books and Essays - Online

The library's published material collections are a rich source of information. Below, you'll find a sampling of books available to researchers online and researchers able to visit the library in-person, but a much larger selection is available through HOLLIS, Harvard University's catalog. To find material available at the Schlesinger Library, use the "Advanced Search" feature and limit your search to "Library Catalog. Choose "Schlesinger" from the "Scope" drop-down menu. Finally, select "Books" or "Journals" from the "Resource Type" drop-down menu. This search results list for the keyword "physical education" serves as an example of the breadth of books available in the Schlesinger Library's collection.

Please note that some materials labeled as available "Online" in the library catalog may require HarvardKey access for remote access. During an in-person visit, you can access those materials on the Library's public computers.