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Varsity Club Collection

An inventory of its collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University Varsity Club.
Title: Varsity Club Collection
Dates: 1938-2015
Size: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Abstract: The Varsity Club Collection contains materials related to the club's membership, events, and inner workings.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

The Syracuse University Varsity Club was founded in 1934 by alumnus George Bond, a football player from the class of 1894. Its purpose is to unite the University's letter winning alumni and promote the University's athletics program. The club states that it is an "opportunity to foster and maintain relationships across different sports, generations, and geographical locations." Membership dues, which cover both a membership fee and a small donation to a University sports team of the donor's choice, allow the Varsity Club to offer small scholarships to current University athletes and host large events like its LetterWinners of Distinction ceremony and dinner. Athletes nearing graduation are encouraged by the club to join so as to continue to support their program for years to come.

The LetterWinners of Distinction title is the highest honor given by the Syracuse University Athletics Department. Recipients of this honor must have graduated at least twenty years ago, earned at least one varsity letter, and brought honor and distinction to their sport, profession, and community. The LetterWinners of Distinction program was first devised in 1964 and the first recipients were Dr. Gordon D. Hoople '15 G'19 (crew), Lewis P. Andreas '21 G'37 (football and baseball), Arnold M. Grant '27 G'29 (swimming, water polo, and football), Victor A. Hanson '27 (football, basketball, and baseball), Earle J. Machold '27 (baseball manager), and John T. Connor '36 (football manager). The first woman to receive the award was Martha Mogish, a basketball player from the class of 1982, in 2001.

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Scope and Content Note

The Varsity Club Collection contains materials spanning from 1938 to 2015. Among them are programs and ballot cards for the LetterWinners of Distinction events, organizational materials, membership directories, a photograph, correspondence between members, and club memorabilia such as patches, stickers, keychains, and a banner.

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Alternative Formats

The programs for the LetterWinners of Distinction award ceremonies from 1965 to the present have been scanned and are available on the Archives' website.

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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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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University Varsity Club.


College sports.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University -- Sports.
Higher education.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Varsity Club Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Materials were gifted to the Archives by the Syracuse University Varsity Club in 2015.

Processing Information

Materials are housed in acid-free folders and box.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Erin Carter
Date: 2015
Revision history:

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Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 1 Correspondence 1981, 1989, 2007, 2009, 2012
LetterWinners of Distinction
Box 1 Address by Secretary of Commerce, John T. Connor 1965
Box 1 Banquet Announcements 1965-1969, 1986, 1997, 2008
Box 1 Banquet Programs 1965-1971
Box 1 Banquet Programs 1972-1982
Box 1 Banquet Programs 1983-1996
Box 1 Banquet Programs 1997-2005
Box 1 Banquet Programs 2006-2012, 2014
Box 1 Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1965-1975
Box 1 Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1976-1988
Box 1 Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1990-1994
Box 1 Patch undated
Box 1 Stickers undated (2)
Miscellaneous Events
Box 1 "A Salute to the Orange and Tangerines" 1967
Box 1 An Evening in Honor of Lew Andreas 1964
Box 1 Farewell Dinner for Les Dye 1978
Box 1 Football Testimonial Dinners 1959, 1974-1975
Box 1 Induction Citation - Dr. George L. Manley 1963 (2)
Box 1 Varsity Club Salutes Charles 'Charlie' A. Lee 1974
Box 1 Welcome Munn Dinner 1946
Organizational Materials
Box 1 "Alumni LetterWinner Organizations and Syracuse University Athletics" 2009 (Printed PowerPoint)
Box 1 Athletic Policy Board Constitution 2006
Box 1 By-Laws 1997
Box 1 Letter Award Certificate undated
Box 1 Logo Designs undated
Box 1 Member List 1940
Box 1 Membership Cards undated
Box 1 Nominating Committee Reports 2013-2015
Box 1 Officers Board 2009-2010, 2013-2014
Box 1 Order Form for Varsity Club Seal Plaque undated
Box 1 Planning Committee Draft: Vision, Values, and Goals 2007
Box 1 "SU Varsity Clubs - Good to Great" 2007 (Printed PowerPoint)
Box 1 Photograph - "Lettermen of Distinction Testimonial" 1974
Box 1 Directory of Former Syracuse University LetterWinners 2003
Box 1 Honor Roll 1965-1966
Box 1 Membership Directories 1986, 1994-1995
Box 1 "Varsity Club Bridges Past and Present of SU Athletics" by Suzanna Ollove 2005
Box 1 Varsity Club News 1938, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1952, 1954-1955, 1957-1961, 1964
Box 1 Banner undated
Box 1 Buttons - "All Sports Team Reunions" undated (4)
Box 1 Cloth - "Beat Colgate" undated
Box 1 Keychains - 60th Anniversary of Varsity Club and 30th Anniversary of "LetterWinners of Distinction" 1994 (2)

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