Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Into the Archives: The Dr. Dorothy V. Harris Papers

A Brown Bag Discussion
Sponsored by the Penn State University Archives
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library

Dorothy V. Harris, Penn State professor and pioneer in the field of sport psychology, was the first American and woman to become a member of the International Society of Sport Psychology, first resident sport psychologist at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training center, first recipient of the Women’s Sport Foundation’s award for contribution to women in sport, and first woman to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Sport Psychology. She maintained an extensive archival collection documenting her years of research, teaching, and professional outreach, and left that collection to the Penn State University Archives prior to her death in 1991.

From March 2010 through February 2011, Sydney Bennington, a Penn State programmer/analyst in Administrative Information Services, along with her wife, Tyler Bennington, co-author of Therapeutic Recreation in the Nursing Home surveyed, organized and processed the Dorothy V. Harris papers as part of a Penn State University Job Enrichment Opportunity.

This brown-bag presentation will provide an overview of the scope of Dr. Harris’ archival collection, her professional life and activities, and the role of an archival processor in making this collection accessible to researchers worldwide.

More information about Dorothy Harris is available at:

Additional information about the Brown Bag presentation, contact Jackie R. Esposito, University Archivist,, 814-863-3791.

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