Football, Men's Athletics Records
Title: Football, Men's
Creator: Athletic Department, Football, 1890-
Quantity: 60 boxes (40 linear feet)
Collection Number: RG 39-05-00
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Preferred Citation: Football, Men's Athletics Records (RG 39-05-00). Archives & Special
Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
The University of Nebraska football program officially began in 1890, although there
has been interest in the sport on campus as far back as 1883. Nebraska's first game
was played on November 27, 1890 in Omaha, NE., against the Omaha Young Men's
Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.). Nebraska prevailed 10-0. The leader of that team
and the first football coach at the University of Nebraska was faculty member Dr.
Langdon Frothingham. Frank Crawford was the first paid football coach. He arrived in
1893 following two seasons when the team was lead by volunteers or the players
Through the years the program has been a member of several athletic conferences
including: the Western Inter-State University Foot Ball Association, the Missouri
Valley Conference, the Big Six Conference, the Big Seven Conference, the Big Eight
Conference, and the Big Twelve Conference.
Most people know the Nebraska athletic programs as the Cornhuskers or Huskers, but
before that nickname stuck the team went by some lesser known names such as the
Nebraskans, the Old Gold Knights, the Antelopes, the Tree Planters, the Rattlesnake
Boys, and the Bugeaters.
The first football game played at Nebraska's current venue, Memorial Stadium, was
against Oklahoma on October 13, 1923. The stadium was dedicated the following week
before the Kansas game on October 20, 1923. Before Memorial Stadium, games were
played at a few different locations. Prior to 1908 the northwest corner of the "old
campus" served as the athletic field. In 1908 land for a new athletic field was
acquired just north of the "old campus," around 10th and T streets. The "new"
Nebraska Athletic Field would be ready for the 1909-1910 season. In the interim, the
1908-1909 season's games were played at the Antelope Baseball Park in Lincoln.
For more detailed online histories of the Football program, see the University of
Nebraska Athletic Department's Football
History (available through the Site Map) and Nebraska Educational
Husker Century 1890-1972 The First 82
Scope and Content:
The football records include photographs, records, memoirs, publications, audio,
film, and video recordings. Scrapbooks that document the history and development of
the football program are also included. The bulk of the photographs are of the early
teams and players spanning the 1890s through the 1950s. Among the publications are
gameday programs dating back to 1907, media guides dating back to 1951, and others
such as Huskers Illustrated. Also included in the
football records are the Bob Devaney Scrapbooks and the memoirs of Fred Dawson, who
was the coach from 1921 to 1924.
Football -- Nebraska
Football -- Nebraska -- History
University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus) -- Football --
Football players -- Nebraska
University of Nebraska -- Lincoln -- Football --
University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus) --
Big Eight Conference
Big 12 Conference
Football -- Coaches
Football -- Coaching -- History
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Related Material and Resources:
Daily Nebraskan/Hesperian. The sport of football has
been a popular topic in the student newspaper, finding mention as far back as
1883.The University of Nebraska, 1869-1919: Semi-Centennial
Anniversary Book. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1919.Ware, Frederick, and Gregg McBride. Fifty Years of Football: A
Condensed History of the Game at the University of Nebraska. Omaha: Omaha
World Herald, 1940.