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Pennguinettes Records

UPS 81.9PG

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Creator:
Pennquinettes.
Title:
Pennguinettes Records
Date [bulk]:
1953-2003
Date [inclusive]:
1947-2003
Call Number:
UPS 81.9PG
Extent:
2 Cubic feet
Language:
English
ABSTRACT:
Pennguinettes was organized in 1946 with eight woman students who swam once a year to entertain visitors to campus on High School Day. In 1953, it became an official athletic society under the auspices of the Women's Physical Education Department and the Women's Athletic Association. This small collection documents the history and development of Penn's women society specialized in synchronized swimming.
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Biography/History

Pennguinettes was organized in 1946 with eight woman students who swam once a year to entertain visitors to campus on High School Day. The group practiced for only part of the spring semester. In 1953, it became an official athletic society under the auspices of the Women's Physical Education Department and the Women's Athletic Association. When the Association of Synchronized Swimming for College Women was formed in 1954, Pennguinettes was one of its charter members.

In addition to its annual Aquatic Musical, Pennguinettes has performed over the years for Parents Day on campus, entertained handicapped children and adults, and put charity shows on or off campus. It has also sponsored and conducted clinics, workshops, festivals and regional programs.

In 1978, Pennguinettes competed for the first time in area intercollegiate meets. Its team placed third overall. In 1990, it won the fourth place in Pennsylvania and the eleventh nationally.

Scope and Contents

This small collection documents the history and development of Penn's women society specialized in synchronized swimming. Most of the material has been filed chronologically from 1953 to 2003. The collection consists of programs, clippings, posters and photographs.

ARRANGEMENT

The Pennguinettes Records are organized into two series: Chronological File and General File.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center,  1998, revised 1999, 2002, and 2003

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kaiyi Chen

Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Centers.

PROVENANCE

Gift from Doris Dannenhirsch-Beshunsky, former coach of Pennguinettes, and Helene Hamlin, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003.

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Collection Inventory

Chronological files, containing programs, posters, clippings and photographs, 1953-2003.

Box Folder

1953.

1 1

1954, spring.

1 2

1954, fall.

1 3

1955.

1 4

1956.

1 5

1957.

1 6

1958.

1 7

1959.

1 8

1960.

1 9

1961.

1 10

1962.

1 11

1963.

1 12

1964.

1 13

1965.

1 14

1966.

1 15

1967.

1 16

1968.

1 17

1969.

1 18

1970.

1 19

1971.

1 20

1972.

1 21

1973.

1 22

1974.

1 23

1975.

1 24

1976.

1 25

1977-2003.

1 26

General file.

Box Folder

History of Pennguinettes, with color photocopy of photographic prints of synchronized swimming, 1961-1968.

1 27

Programs, etc., of demonstrations, festivals, aquatic art workshops and symposiums on and off campus, 1953-[1978].

1 28

Women's swimming, clippings and photos, 1947-1957.

1 29

Photographs, nine, 1953-1975, including one group picture (1963) and five pictures of group composition performances.

1 30

Mermaids on Parade: America's Love Affair with its First Olympic Women Swimmers by Buck Dawson, 2000.

1 31

Aquatic Shows from A to Z, by Robert E. Kerper, Jr., 2002.

1 32
Oversize

Scrapbook: "University of Pennsylvania Synchronized Swimming and Aquatic Art," 1946-1996.

OS 2

Posters and clippings, 1959-1978.

OS 2