Monica Rosina Wild.  Papers, 1923-1954

Collection Overview

Title: Monica Rosina Wild.  Papers, 1923-1954

Record Series: 13/06/02/02

Creator: Monica R. Wild

Date: 1923-1954

Extent: 10 boxes (6.42 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Monica Rosina Wild Papers, 1923-1954, Archives Record Series 13/06/22, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Monica Wild (1891-1947) joined the UNI faculty in 1913 as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education.  From 1919 until 1931 she was Professor and Acting Head of the department.  Then in 1931 she was named full head of the Department of Physical Education for Women, a position she held until her death from a stroke in 1947.

Scope and Content

This collection contains a variety of materials from reel-to-reel films and cassettes to books and handwritten notes.  The collection consists mainly of a subject file on topics of interest in the field of  physical education for children and women.  The file contains films, cassettes of lectures, handwritten notes on classroom activities, correspondence, and notes on developing content areas.   Box 4 also contains information on the Women's Athletic Association.  Boxes 5 and 6 contain Wild's thesis, and short films used in her research are located in Box 7.


Box 1

Alcohol, 1943-1946

Athletic Conference of American College Women, 1927-1931

Cedar Falls recreation, 1944, 1948

Child health workshop, 1946

Curriculum Committee

Dysmenorrhea, 1945

Department of Public Instruction-Subcommittee on Physical, Health, and Safety Education-elementary teachers handbook, 1940-1941

"Value of Educational Athletics" - paper, 1931

Elements of motor skills, student test records, 1941-1951

Games and songs, 1935, 1939, 1944

Health education

Box 2

"Iowa Plan" for Physical Education, 1934-1948

Kinesiology, 1934-1954

Box 3

Overnight camps handbooks, 1947-1949

May pole dance instruction

PEW 113 - Physical education for the elementary grades, 1948-1952

Physical education uniforms, 1950

Physical exam cards


Play and playgrounds

Play and recreation

Box 4

Play and recreational leadership

Play Day, 1927-1930

School health problems, 1950

State health tests, 1940-1945


Swimming Committee, 1942

Teaching of swimming and basketball, 1923-1951

Monica Wild and Doris E. White text "Physical Education for Elementary Schools", 1936-1946

Women's Athletic Association, 1925-1939

Box 5

"The Behavior Pattern of Throwing and Some Observations Concerning its Course of Development in Children" by Monica Rosina Wild, 1937, chapters I-VI

Box 6

"The Behavior Pattern of Throwing and Some Observations Concerning its Course of Development in Children" by Monica Rosina Wild, 1937, chapters VII-XI

"Prenatal Development in Motor Behavior" by Monica Wild, 1936

Box 7


  • Unlabeled film
  • Eight small films labeled "Wild Film".  These films contain footage of individuals throwing a ball and may have been used in Wild's research for her thesis found in Boxes 5 and 6.

Copper print block with "In memory of Monica Wild" engraved on it - used to dedicate books


  • Two blue cassettes contain a woman lecturing about women in athletics
  • Orange cassettes: 
    • Tape A, side 1 is empty and side 2 contains "Showboat" song;
    • Tape B, side 1 is empty and sides 2 through 7 contain a day-long workshop on professional development of students in the physical education field

Box 8

Physical examination records

"The Sportswoman", October 1926, December 1929-June 1933 (incomplete)

Box 9

Mounted results of women's track, tennis, basketball, hiking and swimming events for spring 1925

Camping trip scrapbook page

Box 10 Dance Sheet Music

Dance music from Monica Wild

Rhea B. Marble dance music: Free and Easy Polka for Piano Forte; Dance Exercises; Twenty Dance Studies; Melodies, Bar and Technique for Dance Studio; An Introduction to the English Country Dance; School Rhythms for Kindergarten and Lower Primary Grades; Studies

"The Cycle of the Hours"

Book A of miscellaneous music from Rhea B. Marble

Loose sheet music from Monica Wild

Number 1 Accompaniment for Dance Technique

Miscellaneous dances like Western and Tango

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Susan A. Basye, Special Collections and University Archives, March 1999. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018. Linear feet updated September 10, 2017.

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