United States Volleyball Association Archive

Summary Information


Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections


United States Volleyball Association.


United States Volleyball Association Archives






1.3 Cubic feet4 boxes



Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

United States Volleyball Association Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries

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Administrative History

In 1895, William C. Morgan, YMCA physical director in Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented the game that eventually became Volleyball. The United States Volley Ball Association (USVBA) was established at the 1928 annual meeting of the Joint Volley Ball Rules Committee. The Association’s operation remained entirely voluntary for the first 45 years, with the work primarily done by YMCA lay and professional personnel. In 1973, reflecting major changes in the world of amateur sports, the board elected its Executive director as a paid professional. The USVBA is the “National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).” The 39 “"Regional Volleyball Associations" (RVAs) of USA Volleyball are incorporated as legal entities and are each a "subsidiary" member organization of the National Governing Body (NGB) or USAV. The RVAs serve as the grassroots function for the USAV and individually and collectively serve as a catalyst for USAV functions.”

Sources: 2004 Annual Official USA Volleyball Reference Guide and Dr. Harold T. Friermood, “How Volleyball Became the Game It Is Today” (1979).

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes publications of the USVBA, programs, and material regarding Olympic recognition from 1946-2009.

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Subject Files, 1946-1990

Series 2: Magazines, 1991-2009

Series 3: USA Volleyball Official Guidebook, 1996-2007

Series 4: USA Volleyball Official Rules, 1996-2006

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from the United States Volleyball Association in 1973.


The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised 2008/08/12. EAD finding aid created 2009/11/17 by Maren L. Read.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Periodicals


  • Volleyball

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Collection Inventory

Subject Files, 1946-1990

Box Folder

Olympic Recognition, 1946-1970

1 1

Origin of the USVBA Use of the Net Antenna, 1974

1 2

Programs, National Volleyball Championships, 1972-1977

1 3

Publication, “Biographical Tribute to Robert Laveaga, An Early Contributor to Volleyball Literature”, 1970

1 4

Publication, “How Volleyball Became the Game it is Today,” Dr. Harold T. Friermood, 1979

1 5

Publication, “When Volleyball Began—An Olympic Sport,” 1966

1 6

Volleyball USA/Netnews, Fourth Quarter, 1990

1 7

Volleyball Magazine Subscription Offer, 1977

1 8

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Magazines, 1991-2009

Box Folder

Inside USA Volleyball, 1991

2 1

Inside USA Volleyball, 1992

2 2

Volleyball USA, 1993

2 3

Volleyball USA, 1994

2 4

Volleyball USA, 1995

2 5

Volleyball USA, 1996

2 6

Volleyball USA, 1997

2 7

Volleyball USA, 1998

2 8

Volleyball USA, 1999

2 9

Volleyball USA, 2000

2 10

Volleyball USA, 2001

2 11

Volleyball USA, 2002

2 12

Volleyball USA, 2003

2 13

Volleyball USA, 2004

2 14

Volleyball USA, 2005

2 15

Volleyball USA, 2006

2 16

Volleyball USA, 2007

2 17

Volleyball USA, 2008

2 18

Volleyball USA, 2009

2 19

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USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 1996-2006

Box Folder

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 1996-1997

3 1

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 1998-1999

3 2

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 2000-2001

3 3

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 2002-2003

3 4

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 2004-2005

3 5

USA Volleyball Official Guidebooks, 2006

3 6

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USA Volleyball Official Rules, 1996-2006

Box Folder

USA Volleyball Official Rules, 1996-1997

4 1

USA Volleyball Official Rules, 1997-1999

4 2

USA Volleyball Official Rules, 1999-2002

4 3

USA Volleyball Official Rules, 2002-2005

4 4

USA Volleyball Official Rules, 2005-2006

4 5

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