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Seattle University Athletics Department Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: RG 029-02

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a total of fifteen oversize scrapbooks of news clippings, pressbooks, and photographs covering Seattle University athletics from 1951-1959 and 1970-1975. The primary coverage is Chieftain basketball, with scattered news articles on golf, tennis, and baseball. Multiple regional and national news sources cover Chieftain basketball including Time magazine. Telegrams from notable fans such as movie star Bing Crosby are included, as well as selected human interest stories on the engagements, weddings, and awards of the athletes.


  • 1951-1975
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1959


Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical note

Seattle University Athletic Department scrapbooks contain the news clippings, pressbooks, photographs and telegrams during years of regional and national recognition for the Chieftain basketball team. The scrapbooks for 1950-1959 showcased Johnny and Eddie O'Brien, and Elgin Baylor, while recording Seattle University's rise to national attention, culminating in the NIT tournament of 1958. Female athletes Patricia Lesser (golf) and Janet Hopps (tennis) also received prominent news coverage. A second sequence of scrapbooks, 1970-1975, highlight men's basketball teams with scattered coverage of tennis and baseball.


15 scrapbooks

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This collection contains a total of fifteen oversize scrapbooks of news clippings from 1951-1959 and 1970-1975, highlighting Seattle University men's basketball teams, with scattered articles on golf, tennis and baseball.

Guide to the Seattle University Athletics Department Scrapbook Collection
Mary Linden Sepulveda
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Funding for preparing the finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Seattle University, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Special Collections Repository

901 12th Avenue
Seattle WA 98122-1090 USA