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Gwen Norrell papers

Identifier: UA-17.310

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials relating to Project Ethyl including a report by Gwen Norrell, correspondence, notes, lists of students and their grade point averages, and a Michigan State University press release. The project gave scholarships to socioeconomically disadvantaged students, including minorities.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1966


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is partially open for research. Documents with student information, such as names and grade point averages, are restricted due to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical / Historical

Gwendolyn Norrell was born November 12, 1919 in Eudora, Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in history from Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville (1942), a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Teachers College at Columbia and a Doctor of Education Degree from Colorado.

Norrell joined the faculty at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1945. She served as a professor, assistant director of the MSU Counseling Center and as Faculty Athletics Representative prior to her retirement in 1988. When she was named Faculty Athletics Representative in 1979, she became the first woman in the history of the Big Ten Conference to hold the position. She became the highest ranking woman in the NCAA when she served as vice president during the 1983-1984 and 1985-1986 academic years. Michigan State inducted Norrell into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Norrell died on June 15, 2004.



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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Gwen Norrell Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Badgley Malone
November 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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