Northwestern University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Collection
Scope and Contents
The Northwestern Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Collection includes both records of the school's official teams and non-team materials such as coaching plaques and relating to women's involvement before the women's team began in 1973. Materials include plaques, All-American certificates, academic certificates, correspondence, photographs, record logs, promotional material, and scrapbooks. Awards include plaques from the Windy City Swimming and Diving Invitational, Most Improved and Most Valuable Swimmer, and several individual awards. Programs date back to meets from 1911.
Noteworthy individuals represented in the collection include Tom Anderson, Kim Tesch, and Olympic gold medalists Sybil Bauer and Ralph Breyer. Coach Anderson was a longtime swimming coach at Northwestern. The collection contains his certificate inducting him to the Swimming Hall of Fame and a plaque commemorating 25 years of coaching. Tesch was an award-winning swimmer. The collection contains press releases and correspondence centering around her swimming career. A plaque commemorates Sybil Bauer, and the collection contains a large color photograph of Ralph Breyer.
- Northwestern Wildcats (Swimming and diving team) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 1-7 are stored off-site and require two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
The Northwestern Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Collection includes plaques, All-American certificates, programs, academic certificates, correspondence, photographs, record logs, and scrapbooks.
Arranged by size within boxes and by format.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials from the 1920s and 1930s donated by Bob Groseth, Executive Director, College Swimming Coaches Association of America on January 23, 2012 (accession #12-10). Tom Robinson 1975 plaque from unknown donor (accession #00-88). Materials from the University Archives' general subject files were incorporated into the collection, and the remainder of the collection donated by Northwestern University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams, August 21, 2018 (accession #18-151).
Processed by Aniya Evans, 2019 and Andres Kaneb, 2022.
- Guide to the Northwestern University Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Collection
- Andres Kaneb
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US