Ralph H. Steele Papers

University Archives #90-01

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Ralph H. Steele Papers
    Repository: East Carolina University Archives
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, and flyers related to the creation of the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Program at East Carolina University in the late 1960s and the work of Ralph H. Steele while he was faculty member at ECU.
    Extent: 1.0 Linear feet, 325 items,
  • Description

    The Ralph Steele Papers are divided into two series. The first series documents the creation of the Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Degree at East Carolina University and includes Ralph Steeles notes on the program, correspondence with Texas A&M about their Recreation and Parks program,

    The second series documents Ralph Steeles work at ECU in scrapbook form. The material was titled "A Personal Retrospective: Three Decades of An Ever-Changing Profession as Practiced by an Action-Minded Professor." The first decade, 1960-1969, covers his work in Health and Physical Education. The second decade, 1970-1979, covers cross-disciplinary Parks, Recreation, and Conservation and Coastal and Oceanic Arts and Sciences. The third decade, 1980-1990, covers his work in Apostrophe Theory, Systemantics, Principles of Basic Research, and World Leisure. All three decades of the scrapbook include his notes on his work during the decade, news paper clippings, photographs, brochures, correspondence with collegues and students, flyers, and postcards.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Ralph H. Steele was born May 20, 1929 in Hamilton, Ohio. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Gage Park High School in 1947. After high school, Steele attended Wilson Junior College for two years before transferring to the University of Illinois in Urbana. Steele received both a B.S. in 1952 and a M.S. in 1955 from the University of Illinois. In 1966, he earned a Doctorate in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University.

    Ralph Steele joined the faculty at East Carolina College in 1960. From 1960 through 1968, Steele taught general courses in the Department of Health and Physical Education. In the late 1960's, he developed a new multi-disciplinary B.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. He helped develop and taught Coastal Recreation and Tourism courses with faculty in various academic departments at East Carolina University. Steele is considered the founder of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at ECU. Upon his retirement from East Carolina University in 1990, Dr. Steele was awarded emeritus status.

    On March 6, 2009, Dr. Ralph H. Steele passed away. In his memory, the Department of Health and Human Performance established the Dr. Ralph Steele Memorial Lecture Series.

  • Administrative Information
    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open to the public without restrictions.

    Copyright Notice

    Property rights reside with the University Archives, East Carolina University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of the material or heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish please contact the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permssion of the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description and date]. Ralph H. Steele Papers. UA90-01. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Container List

  • A Chronology of the Planning and Development of East Carolina University's Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, 1967-1970
    Definitions, Concepts, and Horizontal Matrix, 1967
    Correspondence with Texas A&M, 1967-1968
    Curriculum Committees and Procedures, 1968-1969
    National Recreation and Park Association Challenges and Survey, 1968
    Support and Suggestions, 1968-1969
    Cynthia Mendenhall, 1968
    Drafts of Proposed Curriculum, 1968
    Approved Draft of Proposed Curriculum, November 1968
    Job Openings and Salaries, 1968
    Proposed New Courses
    Correspondence and Proposal Abstract, 1968
    Final Proposal for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Park, Recreation, and Conservation Administration, 1968-1970
    Initial Dialogue between PRC and NC Outward Bound School, 1969-1970
    Idealistic Concepts, Dreams, and Reality, 1969-1970
    ECU Scences of First Earth Day, April 22, 1970
    The PRC-NCOBS Practicum, 1970
    US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Recreation Program Leadership, 1969
  • Scrapbook, 1960-1990
    Introduction, 1960-1990
    Decade #1, 1960-1969
    Decade #2, Overview, 1970 - 1979
    Inquiries Articulation of Education Programs with NCOBS, 1970-1971
    PRC-NCOBS Study of People and Places, NCOB Board Business, 1971-1972
    Long Range Plans and the SOLC
    SOLC and Interpretive Center, Making One's Own Mistakes, 1972-1973
    Sustained Application of NCOBS Principles and Philosphy, 1973
    PRC to SEA Grant and ICMR; Evaluation of Professional and PRC Curriculum, 1974
    Promotion. WLRA to USSR. "Witt." Transition to Marine Studies., 1975-1976
    Conflicts in Policies, Etc. Caribgean Slides for WSB Film., 1977
    PRC Curricular Audit of NCOBS, 1978
    PRC Society and Status of Curriculum, 1979
    Notes, Word-Play and Sketches from Scotland, 1979
    Square-Riggers' Celtic Journey. ICMR Workshop. Thoughts., 1979
    Decade #3 Overview, 1980-1990
    Decade #3, 1980-1981
    Decade #3, 1982-1983
    Decade #3, 1984-1985
    Decade #3, 1986-1987
    Decade #3, 1988-1989
    Decade #3, 1989-1990

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