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Athletic Council records

Identifier: AC-33

Scope and Contents

The Williams College Athletic Council Records, 1890-1954, contain the meeting minutes of the Athletic Council, its predecessor, the Alumni Athletic Committee, the Faculty Committee on Athletics (a subdivision of the Athletic Council), and Executive Committee of Athletics of Williams College, as well as athletic statistics up to 1921. In their minutes, the Council discusses matters such as Williams opponents, scheduling, student awards, intercollegiate relations, and athletics during wartime. The Statistic Book includes the scores of all athletic competitions against all Williams opponents up to 1921.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1954

Conditions Governing Access

Access to records is typically restricted for 25 years or longer. Consult the Records Manager for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff in advance of a visit.

Historical note

The first meeting of the Williams College Athletic Council convened in Hopkins Hall on March 20, 1897. From its earliest years, the Council was composed of the student presidents of the baseball, football, and track associations, three members of the faculty, and a number of alumni, three of whom also belonged to the Faculty Committee on Athletics. The group met frequently throughout the academic year. Its members were responsible for promoting campus athletics, had final jurisdiction in financial matters, and made the decisions involving athletic policy. The Council’s Constitution and bylaws were enacted in 1897. Later, with the formation of the Department of Health and Athletics in the academic year 1935-36, the Council became an advisory board. The Alumni Athletics Advisory Committee, which functioned between the years 1890 and 1895, consisted of seven members, all alumni. The first Faculty Committee members included J. H. Safford and J. Garfield.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

L2 Storage (F7a)

Custodial History

The Athletic Council Records were given to Renzie Lamb in the 1970s by Mrs. McDonough, administrative assistant to the College Athletic Director.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Renzie Lamb, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, April 2005.

Athletic Council Records
O'Grady, Elizabeth
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Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267