Amos Alonzo Stagg Collection

Processed by Don Walker, George Yagi, Harrison Inefuku
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University of the Pacific Library
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Amos Alonzo Stagg Collection

Collection number: MSS 072

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University of the Pacific Library

Stockton, California
Processed by:
Processed by Don Walker, George Yagi, Harrison Inefuku
Date Completed:
2006
Encoded by:
Michael Wurtz
© 2007 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Amos Alonzo Stagg collection
Dates: 1869-1989
Collection number: MSS 072
Creator: Stagg, Amos Alonzo, 1862-1965
Collection Size: 17 feet
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
Stockton, California 95211
Abstract: The Stagg Collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, clippings, writings by and about Stagg, photographs and memorabilia.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research. A detailed 82 page finding aid/inventory of materials is available upon request.

Publication Rights

Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

Amos Alonzo Stagg collection. MSS 072. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

Biography / Administrative History

Amos Alonzo Stagg, the "Grand Old Man of Football" was born on Aug 16, 1862, in West Orange County, N. J. during the American Civil War, and seven years before the first intercollegiate football game was played. When it was time for Amos to decide whether or not he should go to college, he asked for the advice of one of his teachers and after being greatly inspired by his talk, he decided to go. After attending Philips Exeter Academy, Stagg went on to Yale to become a minister, but while there Stagg found another calling in life, to promote Athletics. While at Yale, Stagg became one of Yale's greatest baseball pitchers of all time, and later he was chosen to be a member of Walter Camp's first All America Team in 1889. After graduating from Yale Stagg decided that he was not ministerial material and thus began the career of one of football's greatest legends. In 1890, Stagg began coaching football at Springfield College, and by 1892 he was a coach at the University of Chicago. Stagg stayed at Chicago for 41 years until his retirement in 1933. After which, Stagg traveled by train to the Pacific Coast to what was then a tiny college that would someday become the University of the Pacific. While coaching at Pacific, Coach Stagg had such an impressive impact on the school's team that he was voted coach of the year for 1943. In 1946, he left Pacific to join his son at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and there Stagg continued to coach until 1953, when his beloved wife Stella began to suffer from declining health and he decided to return to Stockton for her sake. Even then, Coach Stagg continued to coach, and until 1959 he coached the Stockton Junior College Football Team, now Delta College. Stagg's influence on football included more than his activity on the field. Since its founding, Stagg was an active member of the NCAA and played an important role in the development of football as well as many other sports.
Throughout his life, Coach Stagg believed that football provided young men with high ideals, and a good strong character. While Coach Stagg coached his teams, he forbid his players to smoke, drink, or commit other vices under penalty of being thrown off the team. A strong advocate of prohibition, and a witness to the saddening effects of alcohol abuse, Stagg strongly spoke against alcohol on many occasions. His belief was that he could shape the young men he coached by giving them a strong character, enhanced by good morals and leadership qualities, and by doing so he could improve society. Coach Stagg died peacefully at the age of 102.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Stagg Collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, clippings, writings by and about Stagg, photographs and memorabilia. A detailed 82 page finding aid/inventory of materials is available upon request.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
College of the Pacific - Football
University of Chicago - Football
Coaching (Athletics) - Study and teaching
Coaches (Athletics) - Correspondence
Coaches (Athletics) - History
Football - History
Stagg, Paul

Other Finding Aids

A detailed 82 page finding aid/inventory of materials is available upon request.

 

Series I: Biographical Material

 

Box 1A: General Biographical Material

 

Box 1B: General Biographical Material

 

Box 2: Articles, 1889-1955

 

Box 3: Articles, 1956-1989

 

Box 4: Correspondence, 1885-1924

 

Box 5A: Correspondence, 1925-1949

 

Box 5B: Correspondence 1950-1965

 

Box 6: Scrapbooks

 

Box 7A: Scrapbooks

 

Box 7B: Scrapbooks

 

Box 8: Manuscripts of Books Written About Stagg

 

Box 9: Personal Papers: Misc./Movie

 

Box 10: Periodicals

 

Box 11A: Memorabilia

 

Box 11B: Memorabilia

 

Box 12: Books

 

Series II: Football

 

Box 1: Rule Books, 1876-1963

 

Box 2: NCAA Business, 1887-1963

 

Box 3: Early Years

 

Box 4: University of Chicago

 

Box 5A: College of the Pacific

 

Box 5B: College of the Pacific

 

Box 6: Susquehanna University

 

Box 7: Contributions to Football

 

Series III: Writings

 

Box 1: Speeches/Stories

 

Box 2: Narrative Writings

 

Series IV: Other

 

Box 1: Post Mortem Miscellany

 

Box 2A: Photographs

 

Box 2B: Negatives

 

Box 3A: Oversize Photographs

 

Box 3B: Oversize Album

 

Box 4: Audio/Video Materials