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Title:Dept. of Athletics records
Call Number:A17

Scope and Content Note

The Department of Athletics collection consists of approximately 45.8 cubic feet of records, 1,667 reels of film, and 45 cubic ft. of trophies and plaques. The reels of film are found by their location on the shelves rather than by box number, as they are housed in plastic film containers. Because the original order of the records was indiscernible, they were arranged into 4 series: I. Department of Athletics, II. Department of Health, III. Department of Physical Education, and IV. Department of Student Activities.  All series are arranged alphabetically then chronologically.  The bulk of the records were generated during Herbert Wendell Gallagher's tenure as the Athletic Director, 1953-1977 and Irwin Cohen's time as track coach, 1963-1983 and later as Athletic Director 1983-1993.  The Department of Athletics was part of the same Department as Physical Education, Health, and Student Activities from 1921 until the early 1960's.  The collection also includes records from all of these now separate Departments.  The films portray sporting events, primarily football and basketball, from 1934-2008 (location 24/3/4-7, 24/4/1-7, 25/1/1-7, 25/2/3-4, 25/3/7, 30/1/1-2, and boxes 22-26, 40-52). In addition, of particular note are a collection of 102 cartoons and drawings by prominent sports cartoonist Phil Bissell (box 53, FF1/D2). The cartoons, spanning the years 1964-1985, were used for game day programs and celebrate achievements by Northeastern athletes and coaches.