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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 473

Records of the Massport Jets, 1971-1998

Photographs and clippings about the Massport Jets, a ground-breaking girls' ice hockey team from East Boston, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • 1971-1998

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

TERMS OF USE

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in these papers held by the Massport Jets is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 17 photograph folders)

The collection consists mainly of photographs and clippings about the team, 1971-1976, and from a reunion banquet, 1998.

Acidic clippings, originally in dismantled scrapbooks, were photocopied.

HISTORY

The Massport Jets was a ground-breaking girls' ice hockey team founded in 1970 by Anthony Marmo, a figure well known in East Boston, Massachusetts for his advocacy of youth ice hockey programs. The team practiced at the Porrazzo Memorial Skating Rink and was partially supported by the Massachusetts Transportation Authority, which is where the team derived its name. As word of girls' ice hockey spread, over a dozen of new teams began to form in Massachusetts, and Marmo eventually went on to found the American Girls Hockey Association (AGHA).

Coached initially by Marmo and later by Robert E. Travaglini (who became majority whip of the Massachusetts Senate), the Massport Jets were the champions of the first Girls' Invitational Hockey Tournament, held at Cornell University in 1973. In 1975 they were enshrined in the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario. Although the Jets petitioned the International Olympic Committee to include women's hockey in the 1976 Games, it wasn't until 1998 that women's ice hockey made its Olympic debut.

During the first reunion of the Massport Jets in 1988, Marmo was inducted, as founder of the American Girls Hockey Association, into the New England Sports Museum. East Boston publicly recognized Marmo's achievements when a new pedestrian bridge, on Bennington Street in Orient Heights, was formally named the Tony Marmo Bridge in September 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 98-M70

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Anthony Marmo in April 1998.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2002

By: Jessica Tanny
Link to catalog
Title
Massport Jets. Records of the Massport Jets, 1971-1998: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00117

Repository Details

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