Ralph H. Steele Papers

University Archives #90-01

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Ralph H. Steele Papers
    Creator:
    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
     
    Definitions, Concepts, and Horizontal Matrix
    Correspondence with Texas A&M
    Curriculum Committees and Procedures
    National Recreation and Park Association Challenges and Survey
    Support and Suggestions
    Cynthia Mendenhall
    Drafts of Proposed Curriculum
    Approved Draft of Proposed Curriculum
    Job Openings and Salaries
    Proposed New Courses
    Correspondence and Proposal Abstract
    Final Proposal for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Park, Recreation, and Conservation Administration
    Initial Dialogue between PRC and NC Outward Bound School
    Idealistic Concepts, Dreams, and Reality
    ECU Scences of First Earth Day
    The PRC-NCOBS Practicum
    US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Recreation Program Leadership
  • Scrapbook
     
    Introduction
    Decade #1
    Decade #2, Overview
    Inquiries Articulation of Education Programs with NCOBS
    PRC-NCOBS Study of People and Places, NCOB Board Business
    Long Range Plans and the SOLC
    SOLC and Interpretive Center, Making One's Own Mistakes
    Sustained Application of NCOBS Principles and Philosphy
    PRC to SEA Grant and ICMR; Evaluation of Professional and PRC Curriculum
    Promotion. WLRA to USSR. "Witt." Transition to Marine Studies.
    Conflicts in Policies, Etc. Caribgean Slides for WSB Film.
    PRC Curricular Audit of NCOBS
    PRC Society and Status of Curriculum
    Notes, Word-Play and Sketches from Scotland
    Square-Riggers' Celtic Journey. ICMR Workshop. Thoughts.
    Decade #3 Overview
    Decade #3
    Decade #3
    Decade #3
    Decade #3
    Decade #3
    Decade #3

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Container List

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


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