Sports Archive celebrates 25th anniversary

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.

Activities include:

  • Sunday, March 2, noon–1:30 p.m., 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; Charlene Morett, head coach for women’s field hockey, and others.
  • Sunday, March 2, 1:30–4:30 p.m., 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.

In addition, “Penn Staters Skate to Winter Olympic Glory,” an exhibition, is on display January 20–March 20, in the All-Sports Museum, Curtin Road. Highlights from the Hal Wilson Olympic History collection, include the Olympic triumphs of Kurt Oppelt (figure skating), Allison Baver (speed skating), and Edgar Seymour (bobsledding). Call 814-865-0044 for hours and more information.

For more information about the Penn State Sports Archives go to or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Paul Dzyak at or 814-865-2123.