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Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf (1902-1981) Papers

Identifier: 25/9

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Scope and Contents

The Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf papers fill five boxes with items mostly related to his career and accomplishments as a football coach.

The folders in Box 1 contain press releases and newspaper clippings of a biographical nature along with many newspaper clippings relating to his Northwestern team’s games. Also included here is an original cartoon portrait of Waldorf drawn by artist Bob Parker, circa mid-1930s; Waldorf’s formation sheets diagramming football plays; and a draft copy of Steve Cameron and John Greenburg’s biography of Waldorf, Pappy: The Gentle Bear. Cameron and Greenburg published a version of that book through Addax Publishing Group (Lenexa, Kansas) in 2000.

Three boxes in the collection each contain a scrapbook, largely featuring newspaper clippings, documenting Waldorf’s teams and coaching during the years of his Northwestern career.

Completing the collection is an autographed football presented to Waldorf at the November 4, 1966 reunion of the N Men, Northwestern University’s organization of alumni letter winners in athletics.


  • 1935 - 2000


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This collection is stored off-site 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.


5 Boxes

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Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf was football coach at Northwestern University (1936-1947), and other universities, and served as Director of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. His papers fill five boxes with items mostly related to his career and accomplishments as a football coach. The consist of biographical materials, clippings, and scrapbooks.


The Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf papers are arranged into: biographical material, clippings, and scrapbook, several miscellaneous folders, and a football.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives by Louise Waldorf in 1984 and 1986 (Accessions 84-85 and 86-149).

Separated Materials

One 16mm game film of Northwestern competing against Notre Dame in 1935 has been separated to the collection of football films maintained by University Archives. Sixty-nine photographic images dating between 1935 and 1946 have been dispersed to the departments photograph collection.

Guide to the Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf (1902-1981) Papers
Margaret Scott
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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