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Edward "Ed" Tunnicliff (1925-2021) Collection

Identifier: 31/6/128

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The Edward Tunnicliff Collection is comprised of a scrapbook and two artifacts.

The scrapbook contains fifty-two pages of materials relating to Tunnicliff’s football career at Northwestern, ranging from recruitment correspondence from 1944 and 1946 to newspaper clippings of Northwestern’s 1949 Rose Bowl victory. The majority of the clippings are accompanied by pictures of Tunnicliff or the Northwestern team as a whole. Many of the pictures have handwritten captions identifying the people or locations depicted in the photographs. One page contains a small lump taped to the paper, labeled “a piece of Rose Bowl turf.” There are also a few loose miscellaneous pictures and clippings tucked into the back of the scrapbook.

The mini-helmet is a quarter-size replica of a black and silver Northwestern football helmet signed by Edwards Tunnicliff. The back of the helmet features a decal from the 2013 Gator Bowl game in which Northwestern defeated Mississippi State (21-20).  Tunnicliff’s signature on the helmet is especially meaningful because the 2013 Gator Bowl marked Northwestern’s first bowl game victory since the 1949 Rose Bowl in which Tunnicliff played.

The football jersey (#15) that Tunnicliff wore during the Rose Bowl game is boxed and stored separately.


  • 1944 - 2013
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1944 - 1949


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Northwestern football star Edward Tunnicliff (School of Speech 1950) scored the final touchdown and won the game for Northwestern in the 1949 Rose Bowl. This collection documents Tunnicliff’s involvement with Northwestern football with a scrapbook and artifacts.

Method of Acquisition

The Edward Tunnicliff Collection was donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Edward Tunnicliff on July 15, 2013 as accession number 13-154 (scrapbook, mini-helmet) and Accession number 13-193 (jersey).

Related Materials

Rose Bowl Collection

Gaspar Perricone Papers

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US