Central Washington University Archives

Guide to the Athletic Department
  • Dorothy Purser Collection
  • RG 030, Series 07-22
  • Processed and Listed by: Ramirose Ilene Attebury
    Date: July 30, 2007


    Date Span: d1958-2002

    Size: 1.5 cubic feet.

    Number of Boxes: 2 letter sized boxes; 2 artifact boxes

    Type of material: Scorebooks, sports programs, reports, photographs, slides, reel to reel audio tapes, 8 mm film, 16 mm film

    Physical condition: Good.

    Arrangement: Bulk of collection arranged chronologically; some materials separated by format.

    Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Athletic Department at Central Washington University dates back to 1893 with the introduction of a Physical Culture class at the Washington State Normal School and with the first womenís basketball game played in 1895. Throughout the 1890s and early 1900s, the menís and womenís basketball teams played local and regional high schools. In 1909 the Normal School hired a part time athletic coach to manage the growing number of sports teams. Later that same year, the menís basketball team played Bellingham Normal School (Western Washington University), making it the first inter-collegiate sporting event in the schoolís history. The athletics program served as part of the Department of Health and Physical Education until 1983 when it became its own independent department. Dorothy Purser was a member of Centralís P.E. faculty from 1957 until her death in 2002. She also coached field hockey, fast pitch softball, and basketball. Purser was a strong advocate of Title IX and worked to ensure womenís equal participation in statewide athletic events. She also served as the director of the EMT-Paramedic Program at Central, which she helped to design.

    Scope and Content Note: This collection consists primarily of womenís field hockey and basketball scorebooks, slides, photographs, and films; also included is information pertaining to the development of Central Washington Universityís EMT-Paramedic Program. There are two audio reels and seven 8 mm films with unknown contents.

    Research Note: Open to the public for educational research.
    Inventory List:

    Box 1
    1. Class Record Book, 1958
    2. CWSC Publications, 1960-1962
    - Bulletin of Information, The Quarterly 54, no. 4 (July 1962)
    - Correspondence Bulletin
    - Health and Physical Education Building, The Quarterly 52, no. 2
    (January 1960)
    - Newsletter 14, no. 5 (February 1960)
    3. Field Hockey Tournament Scorebooks, 1963
    4. Calendar of Dance, 1964
    5. Basketball Tournament Scorebooks, 1965-1967
    6. Field Hockey Tournament Scorebooks, 1966
    7. Basketball Instruction Guides, 1966
    8. Sports Tournament Programs, 1971-1979
    9. Professorís Pocketbook of Grades and Attendance, 1974
    10. Basketball Drills by Kathleen Koopmans Neir and Patty Jo Dobrate, 1978
    11. Paramedic Self-Study Program, 1986

    Box 2
    1. Graduate Faculty Studies, 1986
    2. CWU Criteria for Merit, 1986
    3. Prehospital Protocols, 1988
    4. Paramedic Program Outline, 1988-1989
    5. EMT-Paramedic Program Report, Pages i-iv, 1-72, 1992
    6. EMT-Paramedic Program Report, Pages 73-161, 1992
    7. EMT-Paramedic Program Report, Pages 162-246, 1992
    8. EMT-Paramedic Program Report, Pages 247-308, 1992
    9. Student Paper: Title IX and Central Washington University: A Strike on
    Behalf of Feminism, 2002
    10. Policies for Extramural Events
    11. Newspaper Clippings
    12. Negatives and Slides of Sports, Scenery, and Campus Life, 1959-1970s
    13. Womenís Basketball Pictures, 1960s-1980s
    14. Womenís Field Hockey Pictures, 1950s-1960s
    15. Campus Photographs, 1950s-1982

    Box 3
    16 mm Film
    - 1964 Field Hockey
    - 1965 Batting Practice, Softball
    - 1963 Hockey
    - 1965 Field Hockey
    - 1965 Basketball
    8 mm Film
    -1967 Field Hockey
    - Snowmobiling
    - 1969 Field Hockey Clinic
    - Family Video
    - Basketball Coaching Shots
    - Basketball Intra-Squad Game
    - Basketball Everett Thunderettes
    - 1965 Hockey Clinic
    - 1966 Hockey
    - 1967 Hockey
    - 1966 Basketball
    - Webncat Basketball Gallup
    - Cheney Court 2, Team 2
    - AAU 1966 Central and Raytown, Gallup Basketball
    - AAU 1966 Nashville and Wayland Queen Bees, Gallup
    - AAU Martinís Market, Peoria, Salt Lake, Orange, Nashville
    - AAU 1966 Nashville and Wayland Queen Bees II, Orange and Wayland Flying Queens
    - 1964 Basketball
    - 1966 Tournament WSU and UW
    - 1966 Central and UW
    - Softball
    - 1966 Spokane Basketball
    - 1966 Tournament Central and Western
    - Home Summer 1964

    Box 4
    16 mm Film
    - 1963 Hockey
    - 1965 Hockey
    - 1965 Hockey
    - 1964 Basketball
    - Basketball