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Michael Neary Scrapbook

A description his collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Neary, Michael, 1938-2017.
Title: Michael Neary Scrapbook
Dates: 1958-2008
Size: 0.25 linear foot
Abstract: Michael Neary's scrapbook about the 1959 Syracuse University football team
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Michael Neary (1938-2017) was a student and football player at Syracuse University from 1956-1960. He was on the championship 1959 football team with Ernie Davis, led by Coach Ben Schwartzwalder. After graduating from Syracuse University, Neary was a science teacher for 32 years at Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Michael Neary Scrapbook spans from 1959 to 2008, but a majority of the memorabilia and photographs are from 2008 with only a few of the items being from the late 1950s. The focus of the scrapbook is on the celebration and premiere of the movie The Express: The Story of Ernie Davis, a dramatization of the life of Ernie Davis who was the first Black student athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Both Neary and Davis were members of the historic 1959 team and Neary attended the premiere of the movie in Syracuse, New York. There are several programs, ticket stubs, parking passes, and photographs from the premiere on September 12, 2008 and from the tailgate that unveiled the Ernie Davis statue on September 13, 2008 which is on Syracuse University's campus. There are cards and programs from 1959 that Neary included from the special events he attended as a member of the football team that year. At the end of the scrapbook there are a few photographs from the late 1950s that are unidentified.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Syracuse University Archives holds the 1959 Championship Football Team Collection and the Ernie Davis Collection.

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Selected Search Terms


Davis, Ernie, 1939-1963.
Neary, Michael, 1938-2017.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Cotton Bowl (Football game)
Football films.
Football players.
Higher education.

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Michael Neary Scrapbook,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Dallao in 2019.

Processing Information

The scrapbook pages were removed from their binding and the contents were rehoused in acid free folders and put in an archival box.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Kiersten Jones
Date: October 2020
Revision history:

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The contents remain in their original order.

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Michael Neary Scrapbook
Box 1 Scrapbook 1959-2008 (4 folders)

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