Bob Parks scrapbook collection
03.BP

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Bob Parks scrapbook collection
ID
03.BP
Date [inclusive]
1949-2000
Extent
8.7 Linear feet 1 record center carton, 4 flatboxes, 7 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Bob Parks scrapbook collection contains the photographs and clipping scrapbooks of both the Track and Field and Cross Country teams that Parks coached from 1967-2000 as well as when Parks was a team member during from 1949-1952. Materials in the scrapbooks were collected and compiled by Bob Parks. The collection contains three series:  Albums, Photographs, and  Scrapbooks.

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Historical Note

Track and field at Michigan State Normal School began as early as 1882 as an intramural sport. By 1888, “Field Days” took place over a three day period. These programs where early track meets, a typical program for “Field Days” included the following events:

dashes (100 yards, 220 yards), runs (the 440, half-mile, and mile), jumps (standing broad, running broad, high jump, hop, and step), bike races (individual quarter, half, five mile, and mile tandem bike), high kick, shot put, hammer throw, pole vault, wrestling, horizontal bar, and the class drill with the “all-around” relay.

In 1892, the Normal School joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), and began participating in games and meets with other schools. In 1915, under the direction of F.G. Beyerman the team won the indoor Western Michigan Intercollegiate championship.

Lloyd Olds, a graduate of the Normal College, began coaching the team in 1921. During Olds' tenure, the team won numerous titles including the state-wide collegiate meets in 1923-1926, 1931-1933, 1936, and 1940. In 1926, the Medley Relay team won at the Drake Relays and in 1940 a relay team broke the American college record and reset the record the following year.

Olds left the College during World War II to serve in the Navy with their physical training program. Upon his return he asked to be relieved of coaching and he devoted his time to teaching and the development of the intramural athletic program.

Assistant coach George Marshall became the head track coach after Olds departure. Under Marshall the track team won the state titles in 1947 and 1948. In 1947 and 1951 the New York Times rated the track team as the best college team in the nation. In 1960, team member Hayes Jones became the first Normal College athlete to become a member of an Olympic team.

In 1967, Robert C. “Bob” Parks, who attended Michigan State Normal College from 1949 until 1952, became the head coach. Parks coached at Eastern Michigan University for 34 years, during which time he also taught in the College of Education. Parks was named “Coach of the Year” for the Mid-American conference 26 times and NCAA Division I “Coach of the Year” in 1990, among dozens of other coaching recognitions. His teams won 45 MAC conference titles and seven NCAA Division I individual titles, plus two relays. Ten of his athletes made 15 appearances in Olympic Games, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals.

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Biographical Note

Robert C. “Bob” Parks was a track star in high school and continued with track at Michigan State Normal College attended Michigan State Normal College where he was a student from 1949 until 1952. After graduating from the Michigan State Normal College, he taught and coached at several Michigan high schools and at Western Michigan University, with his track and cross country teams receiving many awards.

Parks came to Eastern Michigan University in 1967 and coached at EMU until his retirement in 2000. During his tenure at EMU he also taught in the College of Education. Parks was named “Coach of the Year” for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) 26 times and NCAA Division I “Coach of the Year” in 1990, among dozens of other coaching recognitions. His teams won 45 MAC conference titles and seven NCAA Division I individual titles, plus two relays. Ten of his athletes made 15 appearances in Olympic Games, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals. Parks is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame and the United State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

His daughter Sue Parks joined the staff of EMU as the coach of the Women's Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

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Scope and Contents note

The Bob Parks collection contains the photographs and scrapbooks compiled by Bob Park during his time as a student athletic and coach of the track and cross-country teams at Eastern Michigan University. Records span from 1949, when Eastern Michigan University was known as Michigan State Normal College until 2000 when Parks retired after coaching the team for 34 years. The collection is arranged into four series:  Albums, Photographs, Scrapbooks, and  Identified Photograph copies.

The Albums series includes albums from 1949 until 1996. The  Photographs series contains team and group photographs taken from 1949 until 2000. The  Scrapbooks series includes the years 1949 until 1996. The I  dentified Photographs copies contains the copies of photographs that Bob Parks has been able to identify.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 February 15

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Existence and Location of Copies note

Whenever possible the photocopied photographs that Coach Parks identified are located in box seven. These items are identified by two locations

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bob, Parks

Subject(s)

  • Athletics.
  • Photographs.
  • Track and Field

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Collection Inventory

Photograph Albums 

 1949-1950 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 2
    Box Object
Text (32307023992036)   2 1

 1975-1984 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 5
    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 3

 1992-1994 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 1
    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 6

 1984-1987 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 4
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 4

 1950-1954 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 5
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 2

 1950-1954 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 7
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 3

 1949-1953 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 8
    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 1

 1966-1975 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992077)   6 4
    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307023992085)   7 6

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Photographs 

Team Photos 1968-1999 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992085)   7 9

Team Photos-Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992085)   7 10

Team Photos 1980-2000 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992085)   7 11

Team and Group Photos 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992093)   8 1

 1949-1952 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023992093)   8 2-3

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Scrapbooks 

 1950 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992036)   2 3

 1950-1951 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992051)   4 1

 1952 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992036)   2 2

 1967-1970 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992051)   4 2

 1970-1972 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992044)   3 3

 1973-1974 


    Box Object
Text (32307023992028)   1 1

 1974-1975 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992044)   3 1

 1975-1977 


    Box Object
Text (32307023992028)   1 2

 1977-1979 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992044)   3 2

 1980-1984 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992069)   5 2

 1984-1987 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992051)   4 3

 1987-1996 


    Box Object
Mixed materials (32307023992069)   5 1

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VHS 

Jav + Disc Practice 0-219 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 1

EMU-Pitt-NCAA-BKB OU-FB 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 2

DPIS media NCAA, 4CC Final MOC, Erick Frederick 1984 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 3

Indoor Track 1985 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 4

EMU Indoor Track/ EMU Invit. UM Relays/ EMU Open 1988 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 5

Golden Gala-Italy/ SunKist/ CCC-UM 1985 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 6

CCC Indoor/ MAC Indoor 1986 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 7

EMU Indoor Track/ WMU Relays/ MSU Relays 1987 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 8

MAC Indoor at EMU 1988 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 9

Indoor CCC at N. Iowa 1988 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 10

UM Relays/ EMU Open/ EMU Meet 1989 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 11

4x800 At Notre Dame 1990 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 12

MAC Indoor at WMU ND Invit. / IMI Relay 1990 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 13

Indoor CCC at WISC 1990 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992184)   9 14

MAC Indoor 1991 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 1

CCC Indoor Championships- Purdue 1991 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 2

Ohio Univ. Invit./ NCAA Indoor 1991 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 3

National Indoor 1992 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 4

CCC's C Iowa 1992 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 5

Indoor Track/ WMU Invit./ MAC Indoor at EMU 1992 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 6

MAC Indoor at EMU #2 1992 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 7

Indoor Season 1993 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 8

Field Events/ MAC Meet 1994 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 9

Indoor Meets "Meyo" South Bend 1995 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 10

Indoor Season/ Track Season 2000 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 11

MAC Indoor 2000 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 12

NCAA Indoor 2001 


    Box Object
Moving Images (323023992192)   10 13

Indoor Season 2002 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992200)   11 1

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8 mm Video Cassette 

Not Identified 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992200)   11 2-7

Cross-Country/ Indoor Season 2002 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992200)   11 8

Indoor Meets 2002 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992200)   11 9

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Film 

Beatty, Etc. 1930-1939 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 2

Field Events Indoor 1970 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 4

Hurdles, Etc. 1930-1939 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 3

Indiana Track Indoor 1958 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 1

Indoor CCC at EMU 1978 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 6

Indoor CCC MAC NCAA 1984 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 7

Indoor EMU Track Classic/ NCAA- Pontica 1982 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 17

Indoor Track/ UM relays/ MAC Invit. 1977 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 15

Men MAC Cross Country/ NCAA Indoor Track 1981-1983 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 10

Not Identified 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 9

Pole Vaulting 1977 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 5

Quad/ Sag. Valley, Etc/ NCAA Indoor 1979 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 8

Indoor Track/ BG-CM-TOL/ BG-ETC/ CCC/ MAC Invit. 1975-1978 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 11

MAC Indoor Meet at EMU 1982 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 16

MAC Invit. Indoor at EMU 1975 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 13

NCAA Indoor Meet 1975-1977 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 12

Weight Events/ HJ-SP Practice Very Little 1975-1978 


    Box Object
Moving Images (32307023992218)   12 14

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