Guide to the Joseph V. Paterno papers

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Collection Overview

Title:
Joseph V. Paterno papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1925-2013
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.
Collection Number:
01101
Size:
42 Linear 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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Scope and Contents

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.

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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

Pursuant to Policy AD35: University Archives and Records Management, this collection is closed to researchers due to a restriction on university records contained in this collection. This restriction may include: records created within the last twenty (20) years, university records with an information classification of "Restricted" or "High" as defined in Policy AD95, or a legal hold placed on University Records.

Copyright Notice

Photocopies of original materials may be made available for research purposes at the discretion of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. Photocopies or reproductions of original materials may be subject to fees as outlined by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries reproduction policies.

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Patrons seeking advice on the availability of unpublished materials for publication should consult relevant copyright law and laws of libel."

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph V. Paterno papers, 01101, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Existence and Location of Copies

There are digital surrogates available for some materials.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Moving Image
  • Graphic
  • Photographic
  • Cartographic
  • Computer Assisted
  • Artifacts
  • Audio

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Collection Inventory

Pursuant to Policy AD35, materials in this collection are restricted and cannot currently be requested by researchers

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