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Constance Applebee papers

1981-58

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

Summary Information

Repository:
Bryn Mawr College
Creator:
Applebee, Constance, 1873-1981
Title:
Constance Applebee papers
Date [inclusive]:
1898-1981
Call Number:
1981-58
Extent:
12 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Constance Applebee introduced the sport of field hockey to the US and was for many years the director of physical education at Bryn Mawr College. Her papers occupy ten boxes and contain miscellaneous correspondence, memorabilia, sports programs, and publications that probably belonged to her
Cite as:
Cite as Constance Applebee papers, Record Group 3H, College Archives, Bryn Mawr College, Special Collections.
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Biography/History

Constance Applebee, who introduced field hockey to the United States, was born in Essex, England in 1873. While attending Harvard for a summer course in 1901, she demonstrated field hockey during a class discussion of exercise for women. She returned every fall for the following three years to teach hockey at women's colleges, including Bryn Mawr.

In 1904 she became director of outdoor sports at Bryn Mawr and in 1906 she became director of physical education, in 1909 opening the college's health department. She also singlehandedly made Philadelphia the field hockey capital of the US and founded a hockey camp in the Poconos.

Applebee officially left the faculty of Bryn Mawr in 1928, but continued to coach here off and on until the age of 97. In 1978 she received a national award from the Association of Girls and Women in Sport, and in January 1980 received the award of merit from the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. She died in 1981 at the age of 107.

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into: personal memorabilia, correspondence and clippings, and books and magazines.

Boxes 2,3,4 all contain personal, non-paper memorabilia from Constance Applebee. These include awards, plaques, and personal effects. Boxes 1,5,6 contain papers including correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, programs, etc. There are materials directly related to the field hockey program, notes from the USFHA meetings and articles relating to bryn Mawr College. Boxes 7,8,9,10 contain scrapbooks, and books that belonged to Constance Applebee.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Bryn Mawr College

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lorett Treese, Melissa Torquato

Revision Description

reviewed for MARC record 2014 July 17

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Constance Applebee papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary Rights, including copyright, belong to the author's legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Many materials were probably left behind by Constance Applebee. Additional materials have been donated by faculty members and alumnae in ensuing years.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Bryn Mawr (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Bryn Mawr College-- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Education--United States.
  • Education.
  • Field hockey for women
  • World War II.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Personal, 1898-1981. 1 Boxes.

Box
1
Box Folder

Birthday Greetings, 1973.

1 1

Citizenship Information, 1949-1954.

1 2

Memorial Service Materials, 1981.

1 3

Funeral Service Materials, 1981.

1

Correspondence Relating to Biography, 1941-1966.

1 5

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1930-1981.

1 6

Material Relating to Travel and Mary Warren Taylor, 1929-1931.

1 7

Thank You Letters to Aplebee, 1930-1980.

1 8

Series II. Personal Items, 1898-1981. 1 Boxes.

Box
2
Box

Eight Items loose in box include: 1 watch, 1 whistle, 2 hair bands, 2 jackets, 1 tunic, 1 framed image, 1 unframed diploma, 2 hand-lettered poems.

2

Series III. Memorabilia (non-print), 1898-1981. 2 Boxes.

Box
3
Box Folder

Hockey pins, buttons, and patches.

3 1

T-shirt.

3 2

Cloth given by Agneta Powell.

3 3

Alumna flag, gift of Frederica de Laguna, used to drape Applebee's coffin.

3 4

Six small flags, miniature hockey stick.

3 5

Series IV. Memorabilia (fragile), 1898-1981.

Box
4
Box

Eighteen items loose in box including trivit, small dish, paperweight, stone cross, ashtray, marble cross, ceramic pot, jewelry, silver bowl, cups, silver plate, plaques.

4

Series V. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials, various. 1 Boxes.

Box
5-6
Box Folder

USFHA banquet programs; clippings, notes and correspondence relating to history of USFHA., 1949, 1963, 1965, and miscellaneous.

5 1

Early documents, certificates, 1898-1899.

5 2

Early notebook.

5 3

Correspondence with BMC presidents.

5 4

Early correspondence with Seven Sister colleges, circa 1901.

5 5

Clippings, 1911-1967.

5 6

Speeches and Thesis on field hockey.

5 7

Clippings, 1928-1965.

5 8

Miscellaneous materiald relaing to history of BMC.

5 9

Correspondence.

5 10

Athletic notes, 1921.

5 11

Images.

5 12

Summer school at Harvard clippings, 1901-1902.

5 13

Assorted Clippings, 1926-1963.

6 1

AFH notes and programs.

6

6

2

2,3

Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields.

6 4

Miscellaneous Athletic Meetings.

6 5

BMC publications.

6

6

6, 7, 8

6-11

Folk Dance, 1928-1932.

6 12

Inspirational materials.

6

6

13,14

13-15

May Day materials.

6 16,17

British College of Physical Education, 1900-1903.

6 18

Misc. from Sweet Briar College, William and Mary.

6 19

Mt. Pocono Hockey Camp.

6 20

NYT book review.

6 21

Publications on People.

6 22

Physical Education and Recreation.

6 23

Miscellaneous Post Cards.

6 24

Miscellaneous Programs.

6 25-31

The Sports Woman.

6 32

Swimming and Diving.

6 33

War Work Materials.

6 34-38

Series VI. Miscellaneous Publications, 1898-1961. 1 Boxes.

Box
7
Box

Scrapbooks, yearbooks, bound magazine volumes.

7

Series VII. Sports Publications, 1900-1980.

Box
8
Box

Issues of The Eagle 1950s to 1980s; The Hockey Annual 1901-02; The Hockey Field 1902-1938; The Sportswoman 1930-1934.

8

Series VIII. Books (non sports).

Box
9
Box

Miscellaneous books owned by Applebee.

9

Series IX. Books (sports and health).

Box
10
Box

Miscellaneous books owned by Applebee on hockey, other sports, and country dancing.

10