What follows is a descriptive list of manuscript groups relating to sports journalism held in the Joyce Sports Research Collection, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame. In addition to manuscript texts, the list includes other non-published formats with some claim to uniqueness, like scrapbooks and photographs. Some of the descriptions that follow are linked to finding aids, to provide readers with fuller information on particular collections.
WALTER "RED" SMITH COLLECTION. ca. 1900-1987 (bulk 1946-1982). 53 boxes. Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith (1905-1982) was a Pulitzer Prize winning sports journalist whose daily newspaper column, "Views of Sport," was widely syndicated in the decades after World War II. Smith worked for papers in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and, most notably, New York, with tenures at the Herald-Tribune (1945-1966) and the Times (1971-1982). His columns provided material for five books, published between 1950 and 1974. The collection, donated to the Hesburgh Libraries by Phyllis Smith in 1987, includes: Smith's clipped copies of his printed columns, mostly 1954-1982; newspapers and magazines with pieces by or about Smith; clipped columns of Stanley Woodward and Joe H. Palmer; manuscripts and/or proofs of several of Smith's books; an accumulation of around 125 manuscript letters preserved by Smith, including examples signed by Melvin Belli, Bing Crosby, Connie Mack, Marvin Miller, Grantland Rice, Branch Rickey, John L. Sullivan, and Gene Tunney; a group of around 180 photographic prints, many of Smith; and framed items, awards, memorabilia, and other realia from Smith's home office in New Canaan, Connecticut. There is also a good deal of miscellaneous printed matter and a library of close to 1000 volumes; much of the latter has been cataloged for the Rare Books collections. The collection is not fully processed but is accessible to researchers; parts are available on microfilm.
ARTHUR V. TAYLOR SCRAPBOOK. 1878-1936. 1 vol., 41 cm., 49 leaves, with 97 pages of manuscripts, clippings, and ephemera tipped and laid in. A.V. Taylor was a Williams College graduate and for 40 years a teacher of Latin at Barrington High School in Newark, New Jersey. He was also an avid golfer and angler who contributed to The American Golfer, Outdoor Life, and other sporting periodicals. Among the ephemera included in the scrapbook are items relating to his sports journalism, and to his publication Origines Golfianae (1912). MSSP 9000-1.