The Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns used Pacific University's facilities for football training camps in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Most of the camps were held in conjunction with exhibition games in Portland. Anecdotal evidence from alumni suggests that the teams chose Pacific University for housing because it was located in a dry town that had limited access to urban distractions, yet was withing driving distance of games in Portland. This encouraged the players to stay focused on their training. The players were usually housed in Walter Hall, which was at the time the newest student dormitory, ate meals in the student cafeteria, and used the university's atheletic facilities.
The collection consists of records regarding the football training camp facilities at Pacific University, 1954-1965. It includes both incoming and outgoing letters between R. L. Wylie, Pacific's business manager, and representatives of professional football teams. There are also receipts, bills, menus and other documentation related to campus visits by the Cleveland Browns (1960, 1962), the Dallas Cowboys (1960, 1963, 1964) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1955). Other teams represented in the collection include the New York Giants, the San Francisco Forty Niners, the Green Bay Packers, and others.
Preferred Citation :
Pacific University Professional Football Training Camp Records, Pacific University Archives, Forest Grove, Oregon.Restrictions on Use :
Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
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