SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity, who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. Founded in 1885, SHAPE America provides a comprehensive array of resources, leadership in the development of standards and guidelines, professional development and advocacy for its members as well as the general public. Within the vast array of materials that is the SHAPE America Archives are also the records of the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport, National Dance Association, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, American Association for Health Education, American Association for Leisure and Recreation, American College of Sport Medicine, and Eastern District Association as well as personal and professional papers of AAHPERD leader Mabel Lee and many of SHAPE's past presidents and leaders. It includes material in a number of different formats in addition to documents including photographs, films, video and audio cassettes, books, journals, memorabilia.
The Shape America Archives have been held, preserved and made accessible at the Springfield College Archives and Special Collections since 1999. Currently, the SHAPE America Archives online database is being redesigned to increase access to the collection. While work on this new database is being conducted, the materials within the Archives are still available for use. Please contact Jeffrey Monseau, College Archivist, at email@example.com to begin your search of these rich materials!