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Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 15

Scope and Contents

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Records (GLATA) (1949-2011; 28 cubic feet) document the official business activities of the Association. The records include constitutions and bylaws, policies and procedures, directories, correspondence, reports, printed material, meeting minutes, financial records, computer media, audio-visual materials, artifacts, and photographs.


  • 1949 - 2011


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) began in 1951 when the first meeting of the GLATA Board of Directors was held in Kansas City, Missouri. GLATA was one of nine regional organizations with ties to the newly organized National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), formed in 1950. The NATA is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. GLATA, designated as the District 4 regional branch of NATA, comprises the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. After many efforts to organize athletic trainers within these states, the first annual GLATA Meeting and Symposium was held in 1968 at Denison College in Granville, Ohio. From its inception, the NATA and its regional branches have worked towards unifying certified athletic trainers and providing a standard for education, professionalism, certification, research and practice. Formerly housed in Lafayette, Indiana, and then Greenville, North Carolina, today the NATAs headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. Membership (as of 2006) is approximately 30,000 individuals. As one of ten independently operating districts within the NATA, the GLATAs mission is to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active, promote the athletic trainer and advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. GLATA has experienced a steady growth in membership and programming since the late 1980s. GLATA is believed to be the first NATA District to archive its records. GLATA donated its records to Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, in 2006. Purdue was chosen as the site for the GLATA records in order to honor William E. (Pinky) Newell, athletic trainer at Purdue from 1949-1976, who is considered the father of athletic training in the United States.


29.502 Cubic Feet (64 manuscript boxes and six cubic foot boxes)

Arrangement Note

The records are organized into thirteen series: Series 1: Executive Council Leadership, 1949-2006 (3.5 feet) Series 2: Executive Council Meetings, Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence, 1968-2006 (4 feet) Series 3: Annual Clinical Symposia, 1968-2006 (1 foot) Series 4: Membership Reports, 1969-2005 (3 feet) Series 5: Financial Records, 1969-2006 (2.5 feet) Series 6: Newsletters and Related Publications, 1964-2006 (2.5 feet) Series 7: Public Relations, 1976-2006 (0.5 feet) Series 8: Honors and Awards, 1975-2006 (0.5 feet) Series 9: Student Involvement, 1997-2006 (0.5 feet) Series 10: Audio-Visual Materials, 1988-1999 (0.5 feet) Series 11: Memorabilia, 1964-2006 (1.5 feet) Includes new members Series 12: NATA [National Athletic Trainers Association] Records, 1951-2006 (6 feet) Series 13: GLATA History and Archives, 2003-2006 (0.5 feet)

Physical Access Requirements

Collection is housed in offsite storage, 24 hour notice is required before viewing.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Katie Grove, PhD, ATC, President of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (2006) on April 6, 2008.

Accruals and Additions

20060628 original donation. Collection is added to on a regular basis.

Other Descriptive Information

Please see the PDF finding aid for the most current information and greatest content detail.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lorraine Madway, PhD (Wichita State University Libraries); Roger Kalisiak, MS, ATC (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association); and Rich Carey, MS, ATC (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association).
Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association records
In Progress
Lorraine Madway, PhD; Roger Kalisiak, MS, ATC; Rich Carey, MS, ATC
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Edition statement
Second edition

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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