Ina E. Gittings collection, 1890-1985

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Ina E. Gittings collection, 1890-1985

MS 283

Collection Summary

Creator: Gittings, Ina E., 1885-1966
Collection Name:Ina E. Gittings collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1985
Physical Description:.8 linear feet
Abstract:The Ina E. Gittings collection is comprised of two series: Biographical materials, ca. 1890-1968, and University of Arizona, Department of Physical Education for Women, 1923-1985. arrangement varies by series. Biographical materials include photographs, biographical summaries, press releases, newspaper clippings, radio speeches, diplomas, a scrapbook, "50 years of Physical Education, 1902-1952," and other information regarding Gittings' personal and professional interests. Also includes materials written by Gittings and others relating to the Department of Physical Education for Women; as well as a history of physical education legislation in Arizona. Information on the Ina E. Gittings building on the University of Arizona campus is also present.
Collection Number:MS 283
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Ina E. Gittings was born 14 January 1885 in Wilbur, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska, receiving her A.B. degree in 1906. During World War I, she served as a physiotherapist with the Army Medical Corps, and was afterwards stationed in Tarsus, Turkey, as a relief organizer and worker. In 1920, she joined the University of Arizona faculty as that institution's first director of physical education for women.

She received her M.A. degree from the University of Arizona in 1925, and did additional graduate work at Columbia University from 1929 to 1930. A pioneer in her field, Gittings introduced women undergraduates at the University of Arizona to such sports as archery, horseback riding, swimming, track, and various team sports. After her retirement in 1955, she continued to be active in civic and community activities until her death on 11 March 1966.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is organized into two series, Biographical Materials and the University of Arizona Department of Physical Education for Women.

The Biographical Materials include photographs, biographical summaries, diplomas, a scrapbook covering the years 1902 to 1952, press releases, newspaper clippings, radio speeches, and other information regarding her personal and professional interests.

The second series contains articles, clippings, publications, and publicity, written by Ina Gittings and others, relating to the Department of Physical Education for Women at the University of Arizona. Also included is a history of physical education legislation in Arizona written by her, and background information on the Ina E. Gittings Building, the first structure on the University campus to be named after a woman faculty member.


This collection is organized into two series:





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Gittings, Ina E., 1885-1966 -- Archives

Corporate Name(s)
University of Arizona -- Faculty
University of Arizona -- Dept. of Physical Education for Women -- History

Physical education for women -- Arizona -- History
Physical education teachers -- Arizona -- Archives
Women college teachers -- Arizona

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Ina E. Gittings collection(MS 283).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Biographical Material, ca. 1890-1968
11 Photographs. , ca. 1890-1968
12 General. , 1885-1906
13 General, University of Arizona. , 1920-1960
14 General. , 1930s
15 General. , 1940s
16 General. , 1950s
17 General. , 1960s
18 Scrapbook. , 1901-1920
19 Scrapbook. , 1920-1961
110 Scrapbook, Montana homestead. , 1914
Series II: University of Arizona Department of Physical Education for Women, 1923-1985
21 Articles. , 1926-1965
22 Buildings. , 1961-1985
23 Clippings. , 1923-1960
24 History of Physical Education legislation in Arizona. , 1960
25 Physical Education for Women. , 1959-1965
26 Publication: Fundamentals in Teaching Physical Education. , 1948
27 Publicity: Past. , 1925-1941
28 Publicity: Radio Speeches. , 1934-1954
29 University of Arizona. War Services. Women in Allied Fields. , 1931-1952