Our goal for the Women in Blue and Gold project was to feature at least one image of each athlete - where possible - who participated on a varsity sports team for each year that she played, thereby creating a visual record of the hundreds of women who have composed the Marquette women's intercollegiate athletics program over the last 35 years.
An initial installment of approximately 400 images were released in conjunction with Archives Week in Wisconsin during October 2006 and additional images were added to the collection in the months thereafter.
The project posed a number of challenges in that many of the images that were ultimately included in this digital collection were unidentified at the outset of this project, and considerable research went into determining the identity of the women featured in the images. Resources available in the University Archives to assist in identification - sports programs, media guides, and the like - were richest in the period beginning in the mid-1980s and weak during the earliest years of women's athletics at Marquette.
While our preference was to select action shots for inclusion, we were occasionally forced to choose portraits. In a limited number of years, there was no alternative: images prepared for media guides were the only visual records available to document a sport. And for individual players who perhaps suffered injuries midway through a season or who saw limited game action, portraits were, in some cases, the only images we could find to represent them.
This project was made possible through the generous support of the M Club. Special thanks also go to Erin Passehl, at the time was a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Information, who graciously volunteered her time over the summer of 2006 in digitizing and describing some of the images included in the collection.
Questions about this collection or the selection and workflow procedures involved can be directed to Michelle Sweetser.