Creator

Date Original

1948-2013

Description

This collection contains programs, tickets, schedules, photographs, correspondence, printed ephemera, and diaries, that shed light on several Arkansas women who played professional basketball from 1948 through the 1970's. The collection also includes oral histories with Patricia Ann and Betty Lou Johnson, Leeona Eveans Overturf, Joan Rupp, and Linda Yearby.

Biographical/Historical Note

Before the Women's National Basketball Association, women's professional basketball players barnstormed the country playing and often defeating men’s teams. Players such as Hazel Walker, Patricia Ann and Betty Lou Johnson, Joan Rupp, Linda Yearby, and Leeone Evans became folk heroes to many high school and college players. In Arkansas, though, it was native Arkansans like Hazel Walker of Ashdown and Leeone Evans of Winthrop who stood out. Walker played three years for the All American Red Heads, and formed her own team, the Arkansas Travelers, in 1949. It was just one of many teams that existed from the 1930s to the 1980s. These are the teams that laid the foundation for the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000646

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Women's Professional Basketball collection, MS.000646

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Women's Professional Basketball collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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