Finding aid for the Stella Walsh Papers


Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Walsh, Stella
Title: Stella Walsh Papers
Dates: 1966-1984
Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: Stella Walsh (born Stanislawa Walasiewicz) immigrated to the United States from Poland as a young child. Her family settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Walsh made her track and field debut at the 1927 Cleveland Press Junior Olympics. She went on to compete in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics as a member of the Polish team. Walsh competed in amateur competitions through 1977, garnering more than 5,000 awards, trophies, medals, diplomas, and citations during her athletic career. Additionally, she worked as a youth coach at the Cleveland Polish Falcon Club Nest 141, and was a supervisor for the Cleveland Division of Recreation. Walsh was murdered outside a store in her Broadway neighborhood on Dec. 4, 1980. Controversy surrounding a birth abnormality uncovered during Walsh's autopsy sparked nationwide debate over the role of genetics in determining sexual identity. The collection consists of biographies, correspondence, flyers, membership cards, newspaper clippings, notes, programs, and reports.
MS Number MS 4999
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English