Jane Brissman scrapbook

MSS 161
Approximately 2 linear feet (oversized materials)


Brissman, Jane Sweet, 1910-2006




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Access points:

Brissman, Jane Sweet, 1910-2006
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Women's Athletic Association.
Sports for women

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Jane Sweet Brissman (1910-2006) became Augustana's first full-time physical education teacher for women when she joined the faculty in 1936.  During her time at Augustana she instituted a physical education program for women and founded "play days" for female students.  These contests, which were later known as Women's Sports Days, commenced competitive athletics for women at Augustana.  She coached women's swimming and diving from 1961-1974 and organized the college's first pom-pon squad.  She was advisor for the Woman's Athletic Association (WAA). 

Brissman was a 1932 graduate of Purdue University and earned a master's degree in education from Northwestern University.  She was a teacher at New Trier High School (1933-34) and an instructor of physical education at Bethany College (1934-36) before assuming her position at Augustana. 

In 1938, Jane Sweet married LeRoy Brissman, who served as chairman of the physical education department and director of athletics.  Both Jane and LeRoy retired in 1974.  Jane Brissman was inducted as an honorary member of Augustana's Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame in 2002. 



The Jane Brissman scrapbook dates from 1936 to 1954 and consists of oversized materials.  The collection consists of 3 series: Scrapbook, Loose Photographs, and Loose Ephemeral Materials. The Scrapbook documents the first 18 years of Brissman's time at Augustana as advisor of the Women's Athletic Association and contains newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, song sheets, and other paper materials.  Loose Photographs consists of 27 photographs found loose within the scrapbook. The bulk of these photographs are group shots of women's teams or group gatherings.  Some were produced professionally and are stamped on the back with the studio name.  Folder 1/1 contains 20 8x10 black and white photographs and folder 1/2 contains 7 smaller black and white photographs.  Loose Ephemeral Materials consists of a variety of paper items found loose within the scrapbook including newspaper clippings, song sheets, and a program from a WAA event. 



Oversize Box 1
   Scrapbook.  — 1936-1954
    Loose Photographs.1950, 1952 and undated

   Loose Ephemeral Materials. — 1949-1951 and undated
       Ephemeral Materials.



See also MSS 217, Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) Athletics Association


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