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Collins, Barbara Cook, 1918-2004



  • Existence: August 11, 1918 - February 14, 2004

biographical information

Barbara Cook Collins graduated from Purdue in 1940 with a B.S.S. While at Purdue, Collins was the first female athlete to represent Purdue as a National Champion Diver and was the first woman to be inducted into the Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame. Collins was also a member of the inaugural class of female cheerleaders in 1939.


1939 Debris Yearbook, Purdue University

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Barbara Cook Collins collection of Cheerleading Uniforms and Pennants

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 26
Scope and Contents The Barbara Cook Collins Collection of Cheerleading Uniforms and pennants (1939, 1 cubic foot) documents the advent of the inclusion of women in cheerleading at Purdue. The collection reflects the clothing worn and props used by women cheerleaders in 1939. The items also reflect material and university culture from the late 1930s. The collection might be most useful to researchers interested in cheerleading history (particularly at Purdue), extracurricular activities available to women in...
Dates: 1939; Other: Date acquired: 11/02/1988