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Luke A. Johnsos (1905-1984) Collection

Identifier: 31/6/143
The Luke A. Johnsos collection, dating between 1926 and 2011, consists mainly of newspaper clippings, magazines and football game programs, and photographs pertaining to the life and athletic career of Luke Johnsos. The collection is arranged within two boxes – one standard size, the other oversize. The first box contains an array of newspaper clippings and related items gathered together under the title The Athletic Career of Luke A. Johnsos, 1926-1984, giving a detailed overview of Johnsos’s athletic achievements at Northwestern University as well as with the Chicago Bears. Other folders within the collection include records relating to Johnsos’s time at Northwestern; a few pieces of correspondence; a matchbook cover and a football trading card bearing Johnsos’s likeness and biographical details; an obituary, a eulogy and program from his funeral; Chicago Bears game programs and a magazine in which Johnsos is mentioned; and photographs dating from his years at Northwestern through his coaching career with the Chicago Bears. The second box includes various newspaper clippings and full newspaper pages, an issue of the Saturday Evening Post, and oversized photographs, all of which relate in some manner to Johnsos. Of particular note is a colorful scrapbook documenting Johnsos’s accomplishments in baseball, basketball, and football at Northwestern, and in football with the Chicago Bears, compiled by Hans Johnsos as a wedding gift to his son.


  • 1926 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


2 Boxes


This collection contains newspaper articles, magazines, photographs, and other biographical material pertaining to the athletic and coaching careers of Northwestern University alumnus Luke Johnsos. Once a three sport athlete at Northwestern, Johnsos went on to play professional football and coach for the Chicago Bears where he became known as the “Press Box Quarterback.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in two accessions by Ann Steffes and Luke Johnsos, Jr. (Accessions 14-179 and 2019-57).
Guide to the Luke A. Johnsos (1905-1984) Collection
Kevin B. Leonard
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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