Download Full Text (13.0 MB)

Download Front Materials (175 KB)

Download Contents (1.3 MB)

Download Figures (715 KB)

Download Acknowledgments (605 KB)

Download Forward (259 KB)

Download Preface (1.0 MB)

Download Chapter I - Facilities (5.0 MB)

Download Chapter II - Department Organizations and Activities (4.6 MB)

Download Chapter III - Department Leadership (2.5 MB)

Download Chapter IV - The Physical Education Curriculum (2.6 MB)

Download Chatper V - The General Activity Program (2.3 MB)

Download Chapter VI - The Centennial Year (2.0 MB)

Download Chapter VII - Professional Biographies (4.3 MB)

Download Bibliography (841 KB)


Courses in Physical education and physical exercises were offered to students in the first years of the Michigan State Normal School, but by 1894 a new gymnasium had been built and the Department of Physical Training was established. By 1896 physical training courses were required of all students regardless of major, a requirement that would remain until the 1990s. For the 140th anniversary, A History of Physical Education at Eastern Michigan University was written by Erik Pedersen who was a member of the Health, Recreation, Physical Education and Dance department faculty. One of the most comprehensive histories of any department at Eastern Michigan University, Pedersen provides a thoroughly researched account of the department, its facilities, course offerings, community reach and members of the faculty.

Publication Date


A History of Physical Education at Eastern Michigan University

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.