'Penn State: Breaking the Color Barrier in Sports'

The public is invited to events surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Penn State Sports Archives, a collection in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library. Established in 1988, the collection consists of athlete files, audio-visual materials, media guides, press kits and memorabilia.

In conjunction with Black History Month, "Penn State: Breaking the Color Barrier in Sports,” a panel discussion, will feature Mark Dyreson, professor of kinesiology, and Sara Roser-Jones, academic adviser, The Eberly College of Science, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Additional events in March include:

Noon to 1:30 Sunday, March 2, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

-- “Early Women’s Athletics,” a short film premiere and panel discussion, in conjunction with Women’s History Month, featuring never-before-seen films, including physical education instructor Marie Haidt and Penn State women students from the 1930s and 1940s, followed by a discussion marking the 50th anniversary of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State, led by Ellen Perry, former associate athletics director; Janet Atwood, associate professor emerita sports science; Martha Adams, professor emerita health, physical education and recreation; and others.

1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library—“Sports Archives Open House,” including photo ops with the Nittany Lion Mascot (2:30–3:15 p.m.) and viewing of selected segments of the collections, including media guides, athlete photographs, rarely seen memorabilia, and team schedules and rosters.

For more information about the Penn State Sports Archives or accessibility accommodations, contact Paul Dzyak at pjd106@psu.edu or 814-865-2123.

Last Updated January 29, 2014