|Creator:||Syracuse University Varsity Club.|
|Title:||Varsity Club Collection|
|Size:||1 box (1 linear foot)|
|Abstract:||The Varsity Club Collection contains materials related to the club's membership, events, and inner workings.|
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The Syracuse University Varsity Club was founded in 1934 by alumnus George Bond, a football player from the class of 1894. Its purpose is to unite the University's letter winning alumni and promote the University's athletics program. The club states that it is an "opportunity to foster and maintain relationships across different sports, generations, and geographical locations." Membership dues, which cover both a membership fee and a small donation to a University sports team of the donor's choice, allow the Varsity Club to offer small scholarships to current University athletes and host large events like its LetterWinners of Distinction ceremony and dinner. Athletes nearing graduation are encouraged by the club to join so as to continue to support their program for years to come.
The LetterWinners of Distinction title is the highest honor given by the Syracuse University Athletics Department. Recipients of this honor must have graduated at least twenty years ago, earned at least one varsity letter, and brought honor and distinction to their sport, profession, and community. The LetterWinners of Distinction program was first devised in 1964 and the first recipients were Dr. Gordon D. Hoople '15 G'19 (crew), Lewis P. Andreas '21 G'37 (football and baseball), Arnold M. Grant '27 G'29 (swimming, water polo, and football), Victor A. Hanson '27 (football, basketball, and baseball), Earle J. Machold '27 (baseball manager), and John T. Connor '36 (football manager). The first woman to receive the award was Martha Mogish, a basketball player from the class of 1982, in 2001.
The Varsity Club Collection contains materials spanning from 1938 to 2015. Among them are programs and ballot cards for the LetterWinners of Distinction events, organizational materials, membership directories, a photograph, correspondence between members, and club memorabilia such as patches, stickers, keychains, and a banner.
The programs for the LetterWinners of Distinction award ceremonies from 1965 to the present have been scanned and are available on the Archives' website.
Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.
Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Varsity Club Collection,
Syracuse University Libraries
Materials were gifted to the Archives by the Syracuse University Varsity Club in 2015.
Materials are housed in acid-free folders and box.
Created by: Erin Carter
Materials are arranged in alphabetical order.
|Box 1||Correspondence 1981, 1989, 2007, 2009, 2012|
|LetterWinners of Distinction|
|Box 1||Address by Secretary of Commerce, John T. Connor 1965|
|Box 1||Banquet Announcements 1965-1969, 1986, 1997, 2008|
|Box 1||Banquet Programs 1965-1971|
|Box 1||Banquet Programs 1972-1982|
|Box 1||Banquet Programs 1983-1996|
|Box 1||Banquet Programs 1997-2005|
|Box 1||Banquet Programs 2006-2012, 2014|
|Box 1||Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1965-1975|
|Box 1||Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1976-1988|
|Box 1||Candidates and Ballot Pamphlets 1990-1994|
|Box 1||Patch undated|
|Box 1||Stickers undated (2)|
|Box 1||"A Salute to the Orange and Tangerines" 1967|
|Box 1||An Evening in Honor of Lew Andreas 1964|
|Box 1||Farewell Dinner for Les Dye 1978|
|Box 1||Football Testimonial Dinners 1959, 1974-1975|
|Box 1||Induction Citation - Dr. George L. Manley 1963 (2)|
|Box 1||Varsity Club Salutes Charles 'Charlie' A. Lee 1974|
|Box 1||Welcome Munn Dinner 1946|
|Box 1||"Alumni LetterWinner Organizations and Syracuse University Athletics" 2009 (Printed PowerPoint)|
|Box 1||Athletic Policy Board Constitution 2006|
|Box 1||By-Laws 1997|
|Box 1||Letter Award Certificate undated|
|Box 1||Logo Designs undated|
|Box 1||Member List 1940|
|Box 1||Membership Cards undated|
|Box 1||Nominating Committee Reports 2013-2015|
|Box 1||Officers Board 2009-2010, 2013-2014|
|Box 1||Order Form for Varsity Club Seal Plaque undated|
|Box 1||Planning Committee Draft: Vision, Values, and Goals 2007|
|Box 1||"SU Varsity Clubs - Good to Great" 2007 (Printed PowerPoint)|
|Box 1||Photograph - "Lettermen of Distinction Testimonial" 1974|
|Box 1||Directory of Former Syracuse University LetterWinners 2003|
|Box 1||Honor Roll 1965-1966|
|Box 1||Membership Directories 1986, 1994-1995|
|Box 1||"Varsity Club Bridges Past and Present of SU Athletics" by Suzanna Ollove 2005|
|Box 1||Varsity Club News 1938, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1952, 1954-1955, 1957-1961, 1964|
|Box 1||Banner undated|
|Box 1||Buttons - "All Sports Team Reunions" undated (4)|
|Box 1||Cloth - "Beat Colgate" undated|
|Box 1||Keychains - 60th Anniversary of Varsity Club and 30th Anniversary of "LetterWinners of Distinction" 1994 (2)|