Football Coaches Correspondence, 1933-34
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Brief Description: Correspondence files of football coaches, including Robert  Zuppke's correspondence, clippings and publications relating to the 1933 team.  conference regulations, football strategy, rules, equipment, prospective athletes, the 1933 Army game, scheduling games with Southern California in 1935 and 1936, speeches and articles, radio talks, recommendations for coaching positions, and Zuppke's paintings.  The series includes a summary of Zuppke speech given to the American Society of Bakery Engineers on March 12, 1934.  Correspondences include L.M. Tobin, Directory of Athletic Publicity; Major John L. Griffith, Big 10 Commissioner; Arch Ward, Sports Editor of the Chicago Tribune: Fielding H. Yost, Director of Athletics at Michigan; Harry Kipke, Coach at Michigan; Lawrence W. St. John, Director of Athletics at Ohio State; Harry Gamadge, coach at Kentucky; Ed Bang, Sports Editor of the Cleveland News; Anthony J. Nowak, a former play and James K. Vendrigan of Hanana, Cuba.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 28/3/1
Created by: Coaches
Volume: 0.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 2/21/68
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Biographical Note for Coaches :

The Athletic Association was chartered as a not-for-profit corporation in 1892 and the first director was named in 1896 to supervise operations and finances. Regulations for the Government of Athletics provided that "the election of captains of athletic teams hiring of trainers, coaches, and schedules of all games and contacts shall be approved by the Board."1 In February, 1916, the Constitution directed that the director of physical education, with the approval of the Board, "Shall arrange for all necessary coaches, trainers, and all other employees for properly conducting the affairs of the Association, and he shall arrange games with other institutions."2 A constitutional revision in February, 1922 did not affect the status of the coaches. In 1926, the By-Laws set up an Athletic Council.3 Section 4 of Article VIII made the captains and coaches "associate members of the Council, without the right to vote" but "entitled to attend meetings of the Council and to discuss matters relative to their respective interests."4 The By-Laws amended July 25, 1941, did not alter this arrangement. Under the 1976 amended By-Laws "the head coaches of the intercollegiate varsity athletic teams of the Association may be invited to attend meetings of the Council to discuss matters relative to their respective sports."5

1. Regulations for the Government of Athletics, 1896, Article VI, Sec. 4, p. 5.

2. Constitution of Athletic Association of University of Illinois and Conference Rules of Eligibility, as Revised February, 1916, Article VII, p. 19.

3. By-Laws of the Athletic Association of the University of Illinois (adopted Dec. 2, 1924; amended Sept. 14, 1926 and corrected Nov. 1, 1928), Article VIII, Section 1, p. 5.

4. By-Laws of the Athletic Association of the University of Illinois, Article VIII, Section 4, p. 6.

5. By-Laws of the Athletic Association (approved by the Board of Trustees, April 14, 1976). Article VIII, Section 4, p. 8.

Subject Index
Athletic Coaching
Football Plays
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]