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The University Archives has extensive holdings documenting Yale athletics. In addition, the department holds the papers of Walter Camp (finding aid), Yale coach and developer of the game of football. This subject guide breaks holdings down by sport.
Click on the links to access the collection finding aid or catalog record. Finding aids are more detailed than the descriptions in the above catalogs. They provide context for the materials described as well as a contents list, usually to the box and folder level and sometimes even to the item level.
Correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, ledgers, financial records, press releases, and annual reports documenting athletics at Yale. Topics include varsity and intramural sports, physical education, the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, fundraising for facilities, anthropomorphic measurements of students, and the effects of World War I on Yale athletics. The records of Robert N. Corwin as chairmain of the board of control of the Yale University Athletic Association and Delaney Kiphuth as director are also included.
Programs, minutes, and supporting materials documenting the history of athletics at Yale. Included is an outline of "Athletics in Academe, The Origins and Development of Intercollegiate Athletics in America, 1850-1945" by Patrick Miller, and documentation on the legacies of Sebastian Coe and Delaney Kiphuth.
Scrapbooks, coaches' files, memorabilia, correspondence, a ledger, and printed material documenting football at Yale, including George D. Vaill’s "Instructions to Competitors" and a videotape of a NBC Nightly News segment concerning the 100th Yale-Harvard football game. A small group of records of coach Paul L. Veeder and Carm Cozza is also included.
Films (16mm) and videotapes (VHS and U-matic) documenting Yale football games and events. Included are game films for the varsity, freshman, and junior varsity teams, footage of scrimmages, season highlights, a multi-part history of Yale football, and several Yale football-related productions.
Correspondence, writings, photographs and family papers, and document Walter Camp's devotion to sports and in particular to football, which form he greatly modified. In his voluminous correspondence with Yale football stars, players at other universities, football coaches and sports associations, the interpretation of football rules forms one of the principal topics of correspondence. Prominent figures include George A. Adee, Thomas L. McClung, Vance D. McCormick, S. Brinckerhoff Thorne, Ray Tompkins, Alonzo Stagg and Fielding H. Yost. Camp's interest in physical fitness was put into action during World War I when he organized exercise programs for elderly men, a special program for Washington officials, and ultimately developed his "Daily Dozen" exercises for the Navy. These activities are reflected in his correspondence with Newton D. Baker, Josephus Daniels, John W. Davis, William G. McAdoo, Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He also corresponded with Theodore Roosevelt, 1905 and 1908, in connection with a commission set up to investigate fatalities in football during the season of 1905. Approximately twelve feet of the papers are made up of Camp's writings, which include articles, rule manuals, reviews and books. Half the material is devoted to football and another large section is on physical fitness.