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Joan S. Hult papers

 Collection 0401-MDHC

Dr. Joan S. Hult (1933- ) was a professor of kinesiology and sports history at the University of Maryland from 1968 until 1996. In her early years, particularly in her own college career, she was an all-around athlete. She received a B.S from Indiana University, a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D from the University of Southern California. She coached the women's tennis team at Maryland until she resigned in protest. Hult was a strong supporter of the Title IX Gender Equality in Sports legislation and a member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) board before the association merged with the NCAA. She has published many books and papers on the history of women in sports, the history of the Olympic Games, and the history of sports in general. After her retirement, Hult remained active in the sports history world. This collection spans Hult's career and includes correspondence, teaching materials from undergraduate and graduate courses, articles, newspaper clippings, brochures and publications, research notes, and writings by Hult -- all of which cover a range of sports history and women's history topics.


  • 1890-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2000

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


57 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, teaching materials from undergraduate and graduate courses, lecture notes, articles, newspaper clippings, AIAW notes, brochures and publications by Hult and others, yearbooks, speeches, reports, scripts, cassette recordings of speeches, VHS recordings of television programs, photographs, research notes, and writings by Hult -- all of which cover a range of sports history and women's history topics. Materials dated before approximately 1920 are generally photocopies of older material rather than originals.

Custodial History

The university recieved this collection in 2009 in two donations by Joan S. Hult. Sally J. Phillips donated a third accession to the collection in 2018.

Related Materials

The University of Maryland Libraries also hold the papers of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW):

Processing Information

Materials were re-housed into archival quality boxes. Folders were left in the order in which they were received; however, loose materials were placed in acid-free folders and placed back into the original place. Folder titles reflect what was written on original folders. Photographic materials were rehoused into non-pvc enclosures.

Guide to the Joan S. Hult papers
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742