Joseph V. Paterno papers, 1925-2010
PSUA 1101

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Collection Overview

Title:
Joseph V. Paterno papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1925-2010
Creator:
Paterno, Joe
Abstract:
In 1950, Joseph V. Paterno came to Penn State as an assistant coach and became head coach in 1965 at the age of 39 and continues to coach; as of 2010 he is considered the oldest and winningest coach in major-college football history.
Abstract:
The papers of Penn State head football coach Joseph V.Paterno include awards, fund raising projects, appearances, meetings, appointment books, artifacts, photographs, publications, letters, articles, clippings, speeches, 17 audio recordings, and 44 moving image recordings.
Collection Number:
PSUA 1101
Size:
15 Cubic Feet
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Born in Brooklyn in 1926, Joseph Vincent Paterno had his first brush with fame in the 1940s when he and his younger brother, George, played for Brown University with Joe at quarterback and George at fullback. They led the Bruins to an 8-1 season. In 1950, Paterno decided to forego law school and give coaching a try. In 1950, Joseph V. Paterno came to Penn State as an assistant coach. After turning down a head coaching job at Yale, Paterno was named associate head coach at Penn State in 1965. When coach Charles "Rip" Engle retired at the end of the 1965 season, Paterno took over, finally becoming a Division 1A coach at the age of 39. Following the 1967 Gator Bowl, the Nittany Lions put together two undefeated seasons in a row. He reached his 300th game win milestone in his 380th game, faster than any other football coach. He led the team to two national championships, 21 Lambert trophies, three more undefeated seasons, a Big Ten Championship, and numerous bowl victories. His players included many All-Americans, NFL-bound players, and a plethora of academic All-Americans. In 1998, Coach Joe Paterno, his wife Sue, and their family gave $3.5 million to the University to endow faculty positions and scholarships and to support two building projects. In 2000, the newly constructed Paterno Library was dedicated. The dedication was the culmination of a three-year project that included the construction of Paterno Library and extensive renovation of the adjoining Pattee Library.

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Collection Arrangement

This collection is organized into series: 1. Awards 2. Publicity 3. Fundraising and Projects 4. Records 5. 324th Win 6. Artifacts 7. Articles and Clippings 8. Publications 9. General

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph V. Paterno papers, PSUA 1101, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Awards, 

Box

25 Years of Service at PSU, 1975/05 

12

Air Force Airborne with Appreciation to Joe Paterno Plaque, Undated 

5

Air Force Patrol Squadron 44 Salutes Joe Paterno, 1991 

5

Air Force Recruiting Salutes Joe Paterno Plaque, Undated 

5

American Cancer Society Cancer Crusade Chairman PA Division, 1970 

12

Annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction, 2006/04/30 

13

Burger King Scholar Athlete: Collins Glass Plaque, 1997 

4

Celebrating "A Century of Excellence" Medal and Plaque, 19860726 

5

Chevrolet Football Scholarship Program Plaque: Daniels, 1990 

2

Chevrolet Football Scholarship Program Plaque: McQueary, Enis, 1997 

2

Chevrolet Football Scholarship Program Plaque: Milne, Collins, Carter, 1994 

2

Chevrolet Football Scholarship Program Plaque: Player of the Week, Donovan, 1978 

3

Chevrolet Football Scholarship Program Plaque: Thompson, 1988 

4

Coach & Athlete Magazine Coach of Year Award, 1971 

12

Coach & Athlete Magazine Coach of Year Award, 1975 

12

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Office Citation, 1998 

4

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citations, 1995 

3

Dapper Dan Award Presented to Joe Paterno, Undated 

12

Easter Seal Chairman, 1973 

12

Encased Medal Anheuser-Busch Inc. Joe Paterno Century of Excellence, 1986 

3

Ernie Davis Award, 1993 

13

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Award to Joe Paterno, 1987 

12

Joe Paterno. Legendary. Anti-Defamation League National Heritage Award Dinner Program, 1999 

11

John Wanamaker Freemason Humanitarian Medal, 20020720 

5

Legion of Honor Certificate, 1991 

2

McKeesport Student Ambassadors Award to Joe Paterno, 1987 

12

MS Dinner of Champions: A Salute to Joe Paterno Program, 2002/03/01 

11

National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Scholar Athlete Award Plaque: Richardson, 1997 

4

National College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Program, 20080718 

42

National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Awards Program, 2007/12/04 

11

National Football Foundation Athlete Award Plaque: Collins, 1997 

3

National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award Plaque: Pittman, 1994 

4

National High School Athletic Coaches Association Plaque, 1983 

2

National High School Athletic Coaches Association Plaque, 1987 

2

National High School Athletic Coaches Association Plaque, 1988 

2

NCAA Passing Efficiency, Collins Plaque, 1994 

2

NCAA Total Offense & Total Scoring Plaque, 1994 

2

NCAA Turnover Margin Plaque, 1991 

4

Omar Bar 8 Restaurant Plaque Presented to Joe Paterno, Undated 

12

Penn State Tailback Club Certificate, 1996 

2

Professionalism Plaque, Undated 

2

Unico National Award Presented to Joe Paterno, 1984 

12

UPI Coaches Trophy, 1986 

2

Walter Camp Award Outstanding Football Coach, 1972 

12

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Series 2: Publicity, 

Box

Appearances and Meetings, Completed, 1991 

7

Appearances and Meetings, Completed, 1994 

8

Appearances and Meetings, Completed, 1998 

8

Appearances and Speaking Engagements, 1986-1987 

6

Appearances, Completed, 1990 

6

Appointment Book, 1985 

6

Appointment Book, 1986 

6

Appointment Book, 1987 

6

Appointment Book, 1988 

6

Appointment Book, 1989 

6

Appointment Book, 1990 

6

Appointment Book, 1991 

7

Appointment Book, 1992 

7

Appointment Book, 1993 

8

Appointment Book, 1995 

8

Appointment Book, 1996 

8

Appointment Book, 2000 

9

Appointment Book, 1992-1994 

8

Appointments, Completed, 1986 

6

Appointments, Completed, 1988 

6

Appointments, Completed, 1992 

7

Century of Excellence, 1986 

6

Commitments, 1995 

8

Commitments, 1996 

8

Commitments, 2000 

9

Meetings and Speaking Engagements, Completed, 1994 

8

Regrets, 1988 

6

Regrets for Appearances and Meetings, 1998 

8

Regrets for Speaking Requests and Meetings, 1999 

8

Regrets for Speaking Requests and Meetings, 1999 

9

Regrets for Speaking Requests and Meetings, 1998-1999 

9

Speaking Engagements and Meeting Commitments, Completed, 1989 

6

Speeches and Appointments, Completed, 1985 

6

Travel Arrangements, 1991 

7

Travel Arrangements, 1993 

7

Travel Arrangements, Completed, 1995 

8

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Series 3: Fundraising and Projects, 

Box

Alexander, Lamar, 1995 

7

Alumni/Development Events, 1999 

7

Boy Scouts, 1979-1997 

7

Campaign, 1996-1997 

7

Campaign Checks (copies), 1995-2000 

7

Campaign Donor Followup Luncheons, 1997-2001 

7

Campaign Kickoff Activities, 1998-1999 

7

Campaign Meetings and Schedules, 1996-1997 

7

Campaign Press Releases, 1998 

7

Campaign Steering Committee, 1997/03 

7

Capital Campaign, 1985-1986 

7

CASA National Commission on Substance Abuse at High Schools, 1995-2001 

7

Endorsements, 1989-2001 

7

Institute for International Sport, 1988-2001 

7

Library Campaign - Bank Proposals, 1993 

7

Library Campaign - Feasibility Study, 1992-1995 

8

Library Fund, Donations to, 1994-1997 

7

Library Project correspondence, 1993-1998 

8

Merrill Lynch, 1987-1998 

8

Recommendations, 1970-1980 

8

Solicitation Letters, 1993-1999 

8

Sons of Italy Foundation, 1996-1997 

8

Union Pacific Corporation (Drew Lewis), 1995-1996 

8

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Series 4: Records, 

Box

Biographical Materials including Clippings, Undated 

1

Breon, Daniel, Undated 

5

Championship Schedule Poster, 1982 

3

Charlie Rose Show Transcript, 2006/02/20 

11

Children's Drawings, Child Development Center, Beaverton, OR, Undated 

4

Coca-Cola Trays (Paterno photo on it), Undated 

11

Dartmouth Challenge, Undated 

11

Dino's Pizza, Undated 

11

Family Interview, 1987 

11

Italy Map, Undated 

2

NCAA Football Rules, 1993 

4

Old Paterno Biographies, Undated 

11

Patriot Offer, Undated 

11

Penn State Football: A Century of Excellence, 1986 

3

Penn State Fund Council, Undated 

11

Roepke, John P. Friars Sophomore Certificate, 1925 

2

Roepke, John P. Parmi Nous Society Certificate, 1926 

2

Testimonial, Undated 

11

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Series 5: 324th Win, 

Box

Barash Group - Thank You Card Design, 2001 

9

Congratulations - Seal of Senate of Pennsylvania, 2001/11/26 

9

Congratulations Card from Charleston Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association (large card), 2001 

9

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/27 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/28 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/29 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/30 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/31 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/11/01 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/10/22-2001/10/26 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/11/02-2001/11/05 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/11/06-2001/11/09 

10

Congratulations Letters from Fans, 2001/11/10-2001/11/30 

10

Congratulations Letters to and from, 2001 

9

Congratulations Letters to and from, 2001-2002 

9

Fan Congratulations, 2001/10/29 

9

Fan Congratulations, 2001/12/04 

9

Former Players, Graduate Assistants, Staff and Coaches Congratulations Letters to and from, 2001/12/03 

9

Victory - Newspapers, 2001 

11

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Series 6: Artifacts, 

Box

Autographed Etchings by Bruce Kemp, 1977 

3

Autographed Photograph, Blue Angels, 1993 

3

Autographed Picture, David R. Scott (Apollo 15 Astronaut), 1970-1979 

3

Big 33 Football Classic Clock, Joe Paterno with Appreciation, Undated 

4

College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Tee Shirt, 2008 

5

Cutout with B-1B Air Force Crewdog, Undated 

5

Desk Clock, Kickoff Classic, 1983 

5

Desk Pen Holder with Football Helmet and 1986 Schedule, 1986 

5

Hail to the Lions Horse at Aqueduct Race Track, 1995 

4

Hand Painted T-Shirts, Child Development Center, Beaverton, OR, Undated 

4

Joe Paterno, Welcome to Youngstown Ohio, State Seal of Ohio on Outline of State, 1974/02/13 

43

License Plates, Vermont - 4PSJP, Undated 

5

Mini Nittany Lion Statue, Undated 

4

Open Ceramic Plate of Joe Paterno, 1983 

3

Penn State Hockey Puck, Undated 

5

Penn State Nittany Lions with Football Player and Lion Metal Sign, Undated 

4

Photo of Joe Paterno with Joseph Califano, 1980s 

3

Undefeated Seasons Game Scores List, 1968-1969 

2

USS Mississippi Autographed Photograph, Undated 

3

Voice Button, Undated 

5

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Series 7: Articles and Clippings, 

Box

Article: Vim & Valor, 1987 

11

Clippings, 1988 

13

Clippings, 1989 

13

Clippings, 1990 

13

Clippings, 1992 

13

Clippings, 1993 

13

Clippings, 1994 

13

Clippings, 1995 

13

Clippings, 1996 

13

Clippings, 1997 

13

Clippings, 1998 

13

Clippings, 1999 

13

Clippings, 2000 

13

Clippings, 2001 

13

Clippings, 2002 

13

Clippings, 2000-2007 

13

Clippings for 300th Win, 1998/09/12 

13

Features, 1977 

11

Features, 1978 

11

Features, 1979 

11

Features, 1983 

11

Features, 1970-1972 

11

Features, 1973-1974 

11

Features, 1975-1976 

11

Features, Undated 

11

Football News, 1984 

11

Newsclippings, Undated 

11

Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, 1970-1979 

11

Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, 1980-1989 

11

Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, 1990-1999 

11

Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, 2000-2007 

11

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1987 

11

Releases, Clippings, 1983 

11

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, 1986 

11

Clippings, 1980-1989 

42

Clippings, 1990-1999 

42

Clippings, 2008 

42

Clippings, 2009 

42

Clippings, 2010 

42

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Series 8: Publications, 

Box

Blue Band Yearbook, 1988 

4

Coaches (Football) Clinic Handbook, 1990 

3

Media Guide, 1997 

3

NCAA Convention Program with Notes, 1990 

4

Olympic Program, Los Angeles, 1984 

4

Penn Stater Magazine, March-April, 2012 

42

Rose Bowl Game Program, 19950102 

42

Street and Smith College Football, 1987 

11

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Series 9: General, 

Box

Ageless Heroes (Joe Paterno Segment) (master copy), 19980429 

General note

Copyright PBS

40

Aqua Penn Spring Water: Joe Paterno Spots, 1989/04 

18

Building Dedication, Lab Experiments, Glass Bottle Blowing, Joe Paterno & Rip Engle at Beaver Stadium, Joe Paterno in home office, 1969 

14

Centre Daily Times: It's 11-0-Twice in a Row, 19700102 

41

Centre Daily Times: On the Eve of the Orange Bowl, 19691231 

41

Centre Daily Times: Welcome Home for Unbeaten Penn State Football Forces, 19700105 

41

CNN News; Joe Paterno discussing drinking and students, 1994/06/07 

30

CNN Primenews: Joe Paterno Discussing Drinking and Students, 1994/06/07 

29

Coach Joe Paterno's Introduction of President George Bush on the Old Main Lawn, 1992/09/23 

31

Coca Cola Metal Tray with Joe Paterno, Nittany Lion Shrine, and Football Player Images, 1976 

41

Commencement: Paterno, Joseph V., 1973/06/16 

35

Commencement: Paterno, Joseph V., 1973/06/16 

25

Forest Fire Prevention PSA with Joe Paterno and Smokey the Bear, 1987/04/10 

40

Jordan, Bryce & Paterno, Joe: Library Interview, 1985/11/03 

27

Jordan, Bryce & Paterno, Joe: Westinghouse Comments, 1990/04 

19

Larry King Interviews the Paternos: Joe Paterno, 1999/04/22 

33

Larry King Interviews the Paternos: King/Crowd, 1999/04/22 

33

Larry King Interviews the Paternos: PGM Record, 1999/04/22 

33

Larry King Interviews the Paternos: Sue Paterno, 1999/04/22 

General note

Copyright CNN

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33

New Goal for Greatness: Paterno & Jordan, 1988 

28

New Jersey Schoolmasters Club with Joe Paterno, 1983/03/19 

37

Odyssey Through Literature #106: Paterno, Undated 

26

Odyssey Through Literature #106: Paterno: By the Aeneid/Joe Paterno, 1989/12 

24

OHI (State College History): Sue Paterno, 2009/03/03 

26

OHI: Paterno, Sue, 2009/03/03 

38

Paterno, 1973/03 

36

Paterno Commercial Philadelphia, 1986/03/26 

24

Paterno Ice Cream ABC Network, 1987/10/24 

19

Paterno in Rome, Undated 

28

Paterno Interview, Undated 

32

Paterno Interview, re Campaign, 1987/07/21 

24

Paterno Library A & B, Undated 

32

Paterno Library A-Cam, Undated 

32

Paterno Library Endowment Fund/2 Interviews with Bryce Jordan and Joe Paterno/Paterno Broadcast During Football Halftimes, 1985 

19

Paterno Library Fund Reception, 1987 

19

Paterno Library Groundbreaking, 1997/04/25 

37

Paterno Library Groundbreaking, 1997/04/25 

37

Paterno Library Groundbreaking, 1997/04/25 

24

Paterno Library Groundbreaking-Cameras #1&2, 1997/04/25 

34

Paterno Library, B-Cam, Undated 

32

Paterno Presentation to Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, 19830715 

40

Paterno TV M62, 1976/11 

15

Paterno, Joe & Larry King: CNN, 1987/09/03 

39

Paterno, Joe Speech, 1973/01/06 

22

Paterno, Joe: Bush Endorsement, 1988 

37

Paterno, Joe: Bush Endorsement, 1988 

37

Paterno, Joe: Bush, George on CNN, 1988/08/17 

19

Paterno, Joe: Bush, George on NBC Network, 1988/08/17 

19

Paterno, Joe: Bush, George on WPVI-TV, 1988/08 

19

Paterno, Joe: on MacNeil-Lehrer, 1986/08/27 

37

Paterno, Sue: Live at Five, 1986/12/17 

27

Paterno-Dean, Lee, Work, Undated 

32

Paterno-Racism PSA (Demo Tape), Undated 

24

Penn State Forum: Paterno, Sue-Giving Back, 2008/03/31 

38

Pennsylvania Mirror Orange Bowl and Season in Review, 197001 

41

Pennsylvania Mirror: The Paternos: Hectic '68 Pace Nearing End, 19681220 

41

Pittsburgh Press Sunday Roto: Pride of the Lions from Mt. Nittany, 19681229 

41

Rose Bowl Pennant, 19950102 

41

Spanier-Paterno Press Conference, 1998/01/16 

21

State College Quarterback Club and Joe's Tie Proclamation, 20051201 

41

Sue Paterno: Tailgating, 1988/09/28 

38

Taking Note: Paterno by the Book-Scientific Community; Pro Nuclear Energy; Focus on Families: Divorce; Child Life Programs; Disclosure of Information; Nuclear Energy-Opposed; Focus on Families: Power Play, 1989-1991 

17

Thanks for a Job Well Done: Paterno & University Libraries, 1995 

23

University Libraries Paterno Building Construction, 1998/07/20 

19

Visit with the Paternos: Larry King Live, 1999/04/22 

General note

Copyright CNN

38

Winning Way Chevrolet Sales Development Series, Joe Paterno, Undated 

16

You Can't Have a Great University without a Great Library: Joe Paterno, Undated 

20
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Memorial for Joe, January 26, 2012 

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Memorial for Joe: Aria, Father and a Friend, Love, We Love You Coach Vignettes, January 26, 2012 

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