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Mabel Lee, Physical Education Papers

Identifier: RG-23-18-16

Scope and Contents

The papers include Mabel Lee's vita, correspondence, newsletters, reports, two publications, a photo of Mabel Lee, two photos of the exterior and interior of Mabel Lee Hall from 1978, a booklet written by Mabel Lee titled "Seventy-five Years of Professional Preparation in Physical Education for Women at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln." Included are regulations on gym clothes, the story of beginnings of dance section of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPER) from Mabel Lee's correspondence, records, and reports, and a speech by Joseph Wolfe about physical education.


  • 1909-1984


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are only minimally processed but are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the papers or their designees. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Iowa in 1889, Mabel Lee graduated magna cum laude from Coe College and spent most of her professional career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lee served as director of physical education for women at UNL from 1924-1952. She became the first woman president of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and the American Academy of Physical Education. Lee also founded the National Association of Physical Education for College Women. In her 28 years at UNL, Lee became an internationally known fitness expert and physical education pioneer. She expanded women's sports teams and strengthen academic programs, which gained the department national attention. In 1977, the university renamed the Women's Physical Education Building to Mabel Lee Hall in her honor. Lee died in Iowa at the age of 99.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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