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1959 Championship Football Team

1959 Championship Football Team

On January 1, 1960, Syracuse University's football team reached the height of its undefeated season, thanks to talented players like Ernie Davis and the coaching of Ben Schwartzwalder. Despite injuries and tensions on the field, Syracuse triumphed against the University of Texas in the Cotton Bowl and earned its first football national championship. This collection includes memorabilia and printed material related to the championship.

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Access Newsletter

Access Newsletter

The University Archives publishes two issues of Access each year, in the fall and spring.

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Mystery Photo

Can you place this photo?

This picture appears in the latest issue of Access. Click below for additional pictures and the answer.

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SU Pictorial History

A recently published pictorial history of Syracuse University, authored by SU archivists, contains more than 200 images captioned with stories and memories of more than 140 years of SU history, is now available at the SU Bookstore.

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Photograph Collection Finding Aid

The Syracuse University Photograph Collection contains thousands of photographs of people, places, and events throughout the University's history.

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Twenty-Five Years of the Pan Am 103 Saga

This Timeline displays events related to the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and was created to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the tragedy.

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Our Mission

The Archives is dedicated to preserving records that document the history, organization, policies, activities, and people of the University, and making those records available to researchers.

Records Include:

  • Papers of Chancellors and Board of Trustees
  • Records of schools, colleges, and departments
  • Papers of more than 250 faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Publications
  • More than 750,000 visual images
  • More than 5,000 films and videotapes
  • Nearly 24,500 theses and dissertations
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Memorabilia

Materials in the Archives are available to all members of the Syracuse University community and to the public, except for certain collections that are restricted in whole or in part. This includes both University administrative data and faculty and staff collections.

Preserving our history

Pan Am Flight 103/
Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives

Pan Am

This site is dedicated to the 270 men, women and children whose lives were lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.

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SU Traditions Book Available

Children's Book, Flipper and Dipper and the Treasures of 6 Bird

Wendy Solomon Morton '89 lost a dear friend, Sandy Phillips, in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. After she visited the SU Archives she wrote and illustrated a children's book about the visit, Flipper and Dipper and the Treasures of 6 Bird.

This 40-page look at the history and traditions of SU is a wonderful way for alumni to remember their years on "The Hill", and a way to share those years with their children and grandchildren. It contains stories and images of SU traditions as told by SU Archivist Ed Galvin. Accompanying this soft cover book is Flipper and Dipper's plush, new friend Toni.

Proceeds from the book, which is being distributed through the SU Bookstore, go to the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives to help preserve the legacies of those friends and loved ones who were lost.

Order online through the SU Bookstore