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Women’s Lacrosse Archive Details Put Online

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Details of the Levick-Boyd archive on women’s lacrosse, cataloguing over 100 years of the game, have been put online for the first time.

The All England Women’s Lacrosse Association (AEWLA) Archive is dedicated to documenting everything women’s lacrosse-related, from tournament schedules and international match results to game regulations and financial records and a detailed listing of these archives can now be viewed online.

Archive curator, Karen Davies, says the aim of putting the details of the archive online is to allow people to understand where women’s lacrosse has come from over the past century and learn how the game has changed.

The collection is housed at the University of Bedfordshire in their Special Collections and it is hoped that putting the details of what’s in the archive online can ‘further knowledge and understanding for the game of women’s lacrosse through assembling and preserving a comprehensive record of its development’.

In the archive are also pictures of various tournaments from as early as 1935 as well as detailed documents regarding the regulation of women’s lacrosse, including a constitution dating back to 1962 and a list of game rules and from 1974.

Personal papers of former lacrosse players Jean Russell McFarlane and June Preston, which document their lacrosse-playing lives from 1929 until 1962 and include press cuttings, programmes, and photographs from their playing days, can also be accessed.

Personal papers relating to players such as Celia Brackenbridge and Elizabeth Carling will be added in due course as well as the details of visual recordings like reel-to-reel films and video tapes.

Also, the exciting and interesting Audrey Levick Papers, which were transferred from the University of Birmingham in 2015, will be added to the Archives Hub over the next couple of months.

To view the archive contents visit https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/bc43b2d1-ee65-3eb0-b860-6d14a079b864

And if you want to view the items or request a copy of anything in the extensive collection, simply contact Karen by email on Karen.Davies@beds.ac.uk.