'Penn State: Breaking the Color Barrier in Sports'

January 28, 2014

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.

  • Wally Triplett

    In 1948, the Cotton Bowl asked Penn State to leave its two black athletes at home. The Nittany Lions refused to play under these circumstances, the officials backed down, and, breaking the color line, Wally Triplett (number 12) and Dennie Hoggard (number 89) became the first African-American players to play in the Texas Cotton Bowl.

    IMAGE: Penn State Sports Archives
  • Dennie Hoggard

    The Dennie W. Hoggard, Jr. Memorial Libraries Endowment was established by his sister in 1991.

    IMAGE: Penn State Sports Archives
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Last Updated January 29, 2014