2014 proved to be a banner year for University Archives in terms of acquiring Wolf Pack sports memorabilia. A blog about the unique Jake Lawlor Scrapbook was posted here in August 2014. Its call number is AC 0572, and it is now available for viewing in Archives.
In the fall of 2014, Archives received a large transfer of material from Athletics Media Services with items about Wolf Pack sports from 1923-2014. The Nevada Athletics Media Services Records have the call number AC 0575. There is some administrative material, including plans for Legacy Hall and an interview of University President Joe Crowley about his service as National Collegiate Athletic Association President in 1993. Most of the collection, however, consists of game programs, media guides, and campus athletics publications such as Frontcourt Magazine.
The collection also includes 65 videocassettes, mostly of football games, from 1940-1997. Among them is the 1950 Nevada vs. Loyola game featuring Pat Brady’s NCAA record-setting 99-yard punt. While there is interest in having these videotapes digitized, the cost of digitizing videotapes is daunting. If you are interested in providing financial support for such a project, please let us hear from you!.
Accompanying the print records was a large collection of vintage Wolf Pack sports photographs and slides. These include participants in over 15 sports, from baseball to wrestling. Here is an image the 1980 women’s tennis team.
Late in the year, Archives acquired a collection of thirteen original University of Nevada men’s basketball score books from Reno resident Harry Pykor. The score books are for varsity team games from 1919 through 1939.
While researchers can use the NewspaperArchive database or microfilm reels of Nevada newspapers to see coverage of men’s basketball games in the early twentieth century, flipping through the pages of these score books brings an added dimension to Nevada games played less than 30 years after the first basketball game in 1891 (Springfield, Massachusetts). The game sheets include the names of referees, timekeepers, and scorers, helping preserve the history of many who volunteered their time to support men’s basketball in Nevada.
The score books were discovered in a desk at an auction, so we are particularly happy that these original documents found their way to a permanent home in University Archives. It is a reminder for everyone to be on the lookout for historic items about the University and to consider placing them in Archives for use by future generations.