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Beverly Rouse Lewis Papers

Identifier: MC 2007

Scope and Contents

The Beverly Rouse Lewis Papers consists of correspondence, memoranda, construction plans, reports, news clippings, memorabilia, and other materials related to Beverly Rouse Lewis’s tenure as director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Arkansas.


  • Creation: 1974-2014

Language of Materials

Materials are in English

Conditions Governing Access

Materials in Box 12 are restricted.

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Beverly Rouse Lewis served the University of Arkansas as a head coach and an administrator for over thirty years. She first came to the university in 1981 as the head coach of women’s track and field. As head coach, the cross country team became the first women’s team to achieve a national ranking. Lewis served as the director of Women’s Athletics from 1989-2007. During that time, Lewis helped increase athletic participation for women, adding volleyball, golf, gymnastics, and softball to the women’s athletics offerings. In 2007, Lewis assumed the position of associate vice chancellor and executive associate athletic director until her retirement in 2014.

Lewis was pivotal in combining the men’s and women’s athletic departments into a unified program. She helped to bring national attention to Arkansas by hosting numerous SEC Championships as well as the 1994 NCAA Women’s Basketball Mideast Regional, the 1994 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, and the 2006 NCAA Gymnastics Regional. She was heavily involved in serving college athletics as a member of the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA Championship Cabinet, and the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee. Under Lewis’s leadership, Women’s Athletics received over $11.5 million in direct support for women’s teams during the University of Arkansas’s Campaign for the Twenty-First Century. During the campaign, Lewis received the honor of having Arkansas’s new athletic facility named the Bev Lewis Center for Women’s Athletics. Her leadership was also key in the construction of the Razorback softball and soccer fields.


11.75 Linear Feet (12 boxes and 1 tube)

558 Megabytes


The collection was divided into categories by Lewis. These categories have been maintained as listed below except for the 3-D, oversize and restricted items which were separated into Boxes 11 and 12.

Personal: Box 1, Folders 1-15

Memos: Box 1, Folder 16 - Box 2, Folder 3

Budget: Box 2, Folders 4-20

Annual Reports to the Chancellor: Box 2, Folder 21

History of Compliance and Compliance Reviews: Box 3, Folder 1-3

Certification: Box 3, Folders 4-16

Department Policies: Box 3, Folder 17-Box 4, Folder 6

Minority Issues: Box 4, Folder 7

Gender Equity: Box 4, Folders 8-36

Academics: Box 5, Folders 1-6

Fair Labor Standards: Box 5, Folders 7-16

Lady Razorback Foundation and Fundraising: Box 5, Folders 17-33

Annual Fish Fry: Box 6, Folders 1-11

Red Tie Dinner: Box 6, Folders 12-24

Sports Promotion: Box 6, Folders 25-37

Events: Box 6, Folder 38 - Box 7, Folder 8

Construction Box 7, Folder 9 - Box 8, Folder 19

General Materials: Box 8, Folder 20 - Box 9, Folder 8

Materials from Ruth Cohoon: Box 9, Folder 9 - Box 10, Item 2

Audio/Visual: Box 10

3-D and Oversize Items: Box 11

Restricted Materials: Box 12

Architectural Drawings: Tube 1

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Beverly Rouse Lewis Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Beverly Rouse Lewis of Mountain Home, Arkansas on June 26, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Sam Ownbey, Amy Allen, and Landon Grazer in 2023.


Beverly Rouse Lewis Papers
Sam Ownbey and Amy Allen
March 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444