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Bobby Dodd Papers

Bobby Dodd Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bobby Dodd Papers
Identification: MS380
Date: 1921-1989 (bulk 1945-1989)
Size/Quantity: 4.2 linear feet (3 document cases and 5 oversize boxes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Dodd, Bobby, 1908-1988
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Bobby Dodd Papers include correspondence, speech materials, sports programs, scrapbooks, awards, and other office files belonging to and/or related to the celebrated former head coach of the Georgia Tech football team.
General notePart of this collection was originally processed as MS022.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bobby Dodd (1908-1988) served as Director of Athletics at Georgia Tech from 1950 to 1976 and head coach of the Yellow Jackets football team from 1945 to 1966. His career at Tech, which began in 1930 when he joined the staff as an assistant coach to William Alexander, spanned a period of forty-five years.

Robert Lee “Bobby” Dodd was born on November 11, 1908, in Galax, Virginia. From there, he moved to Kingsport, Tennessee, where he attended high school at Dobyns-Bennett High School. In high school Dodd played as a quarterback for the football team and also participated in a number of other sports. After graduation, he moved on to the University of Tennessee, where he continued his football career. In 1929 and 1930 he was named All-Southern quarterback. Later he would be added to the College Football Hall of Fame (1959) and the National Football Hall of Fame (1961) for his performance.

Dodd became the backfield coach for the Georgia Tech varsity football team in December of 1930. In 1933 he married Alice Davis; they had two children, Linda and Bobby Jr. Dodd remained an assistant coach at Tech for 14 years under Head Coach William Alexander, despite receiving many head coaching offers from other schools. When Alexander left Tech in 1945, Dodd became head coach.

Dodd served as head coach of the Yellow Jackets for twenty-two years, compiling a 165-64-8 record. Under his coaching, Georgia Tech went to two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships (in 1951 and 1952), as well as one national championship (in 1952). While he was head coach, Georgia Tech also played in thirteen major bowl games, winning nine. Along with coaching, Dodd also served as Director of Athletics at Tech.

As head coach, Dodd developed twenty-two recognized All America football players and received many national and sectional honors. He was voted “National Coach of the Year” by the New York Daily News poll in 1952, and “Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year” by his fellow coaches in 1951. Even after retiring, he was awarded a special “Citation of Honor” by the Football Writers Association of America for his impressive career and contributions to football.

Dodd had a monumental impact on Georgia Tech, his players, and the college football world. He endeared himself to his players and associates and earned the respect of his opponents.

Although he retired as head coach in February of 1966, Dodd continued as Director of Athletics at Tech until 1976. He remained active in the Tech community until his death on June 21, 1988. That year, Georgia Tech named its football stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium in his honor. In 1989, part of Third Street was rechristened Bobby Dodd Way. In 1993, Dodd was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.


Scope and Content Note

Series 1. The correspondence in this series contains letters to and from Bobby Dodd, primarily in a personal capacity. Several letters sent to Dodd include newspaper clippings that pertain to him. Biographical and personal information, a program from Dodd's funeral, a copy of the Kingsport football record from 1921 to 1926, and other personal information is included in this series.

Series 2. Speeches and speech materials includes speeches of Bobby Dodd’s, as well as information regarding his speaking events. The series also contains speech notecards and other speech materials. Much of the speech materials is concerned with coaching tips and advice. Several drafts of a speech made to his players on his retirement from coaching are also included.

Series 3. Dobyns-Bennett High School Materials contains materials relating to Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee (Dodd's alma mater), such as a student handbook, program for a football game, and an information booklet.

Series 4. Sports/Game Programs consists of programs for Georgia Tech football games, including some bowl games. There are also programs for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s annual jamborees.

Series 5. Newspaper Articles/Magazines contains a large number of newspaper articles, from various newspapers, relating to Bobby Dodd, his family, and Georgia Tech football. The series also contains some magazine articles and some Georgia Tech magazines.

Series 6. Scrapbooks consists of four large scrapbooks, most of which are in damaged condition, and several loose scrapbook pages. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings. The first of these, Scrapbook 1, contains newspaper clippings with a wide range of dates (ca. 1930-ca. 1981). Scrapbook 2 focuses on the period of the 1950s and 1960s, while Scrapbook 3 contains clippings from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Scrapbook 4, a large book with a woven cover, shield, and crest, contains articles dating mainly from the period following Dodd's retirement from the Director of Athletics at Tech, including a number of columns by Furman Bisher. The loose scrapbook pages (Scrapbook 5) date mainly from 1966 or 1967, around the time that Dodd retired as head coach of the Tech football team. The provenance of these scrapbooks is unknown, but some of them may have been given to Dodd by Georgia Tech football fans.

Series 7. Awards and Certificates consists of awards and certificates given to Bobby Dodd. These certificates include resolutions by the Georgia House, Senate, and the City of Atlanta in appreciation of Bobby Dodd's service to Georgia Tech; a proclamation declaring Bobby Dodd Day dating from May 1967; and a variety of awards.


Arrangement

Series 1. Correspondence and general office files, 1921-1989 [Box 1]

Series 2. Speeches and speech materials, ca. 1966-1986 [Box 1]

Series 3. Dobyns-Bennett High School materials, 1979-1984 [Box 2]

Series 4. Game programs, 1942-1984 (bulk 1942-1977) [Box 2]

Series 5. Newspaper articles/magazines, 1930-1986 [Boxes 3-4]

Series 6. Scrapbooks [Boxes 5-8]

Series 7. Awards and Certificates, 1957-1982 [Box 4]


Index Terms

Certificates.
College sports--Georgia--Atlanta.
Correspondence.
Dodd, Alice
Dodd, Bobby, 1908-1988
Football coaches.
Football players.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Football.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Sports.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Football team).
Kingsport (Tenn.)
Scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Bobby Dodd Papers (MS380), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Marilyn Somers, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, donated these papers in 1998. Accession #1998.1005 (old number: 98-10-05). John Carter, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, donated papers in 1999. Accession #1999.049 (old number: 99-49). The majority of this collection came from the north stands in Dodd Stadium after Dodd's death, and are thought to have been Dodd's personal papers (accession 2004.124).

Processing Information

Mallory Velten and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in June 2010.

Revisions to Finding Aid

June 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    The visual materials in this collection, including two drawings that were originally processed as part of MS022, have been processed separately as VAM380. Artifacts, including two medallions and a Georgia Tech decal, have been removed to the artifacts collection. Several books, including copies of Dodd's Luck, Dress Her in White and Gold, and The Ramblin' Wreck: A Story of Georgia Tech Football, will be cataloged separately.


    Related Material

    Related materials in this repository include: The Ray F. Ellis Papers and Photographs (MS349/VAM349), the Georgia Tech Athletic Association Records (UA300), and the William A. Alexander Memorial Coliseum Campaign Records (UA037). The Omicron Delta Kappa Oral History Records (MS127) includes an interview of Bobby Dodd completed in 1979.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

     

    SERIES 1: General office files, 1921-1989

    Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

    Description

    This series contains letters to and from Bobby Dodd, primarily in a personal capacity, as well as biographical information, Dodd's football record from 1921 through 1926, his funeral program, and condolence letters to Alice Dodd.

    Box

    Fldr

    11Biographical information, 1933-1988
    12Cartoon, undated
    13Correspondence and clippings, 1961-1965
    14Correspondence and clippings, 1967-1973
    15Correspondence, 1976-1977
    16Correspondence, 1980-ca. 1985
    17Correspondence, 1986-1988
    18Correspondence, 1988-1989
    19Encyclopedia of Sports excerpts, ca. 1977
    110Flyers, maps, ca. 1985-1987
    111Football record, 1921-1926
    112Funeral program, 1988
    113Poem "To a Coach", undated
    114Worship program, June 1986
     

    SERIES 2: Speeches and Speech Materials, ca. 1966-1986

    Description

    This series contains speeches of Bobby Dodd’s, as well as information regarding his speaking events. The series also contains speech notecards and other speech materials. Much of the speech materials are concerned with coaching tips and advice.

    Box

    Fldr

    115Rotary Club speaker information, 1983-1986
    116Coaching retirement speeches to team, ca. 1966
    117Coaching clinics - speech materials, undated
    118Speeches, ca. 1970s
    119Speech materials, undated
    120Speech materials, undated
    121Speech materials, undated
    122Speech notecards, undated
     

    SERIES 3: Dobyns-Bennett High School Materials, 1979-1984

    Description

    This series contains materials relating to Dobyns-Bennett High School, such as a student handbook, program for a football game, and an information booklet.

    Box

    Fldr

    21Sports program - Dobyns-Bennett vs. Morristown East, September 28, 1979
    22Student handbook, 1983-1984
    23Dobyns-Bennett High School information booklet, undated
    24Dobyns-Bennett Indians booklet, undated
     

    SERIES 4: Sports/Games Programs, 1942-1984

    Arrangement

    Arranged in chronological order.

    Description

    This series consists of programs for Georgia Tech football games, including some bowl games. There are also programs for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s annual jamborees.

    Box

    Fldr

    25Florida vs. Georgia Tech, November 21, 1942
    26Georgia Tech vs. Duke, November 3, 1945
    27Georgia Tech vs. LSU, November 17, 1945
    28Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, November 24, 1945
    29Georgia Tech vs. Georgia, December 1, 1945
    210All Star Football Game - College All-Stars vs. Philadelphia Eagles, August 12, 1949
    211Orange Bowl - Baylor vs. Georgia Tech, December 25, 1951-January 1, 1952
    212Sugar Bowl - Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech, January 2, 1956
    213Tech vs. Alabama, November 17, 1962
    214Orange Bowl - Georgia Tech vs. University of Florida, January 2, 1967
    215Georgia Tech vs. Georgia (4 copies), November 27, 1975
    216Touchdown Club of Atlanta - Annual Football Jamboree (honoring Robert L. "Bobby" Dodd, Georgia Tech), February 4-5, 1977
    217Bobby Dodd Bowl, November 19, 1977
    218Touchdown Club of Atlanta - 45th Annual Jamboree, February 25, 1984
     

    SERIES 5: Newspaper Articles/Magazines, 1930-1986

    Arrangement

    Articles and magazines are listed in chronological order.

    Description

    This series contains a large number of newspaper articles, from various newspapers, relating to Bobby Dodd, his family, and Georgia Tech football. It also contains some magazine articles and some Georgia Tech magazines.

    Box

    Fldr

    31Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1930-1950

    Box

    Fldr

    427Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd (oversize), 1947-1984
    41The Atlanta Journal Magazine, September 16, 1945
    32Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1951-1975
    33The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine - featuring Dodd family, December 28, 1952
    34The Georgia Tech Alumnus, November 1956
    42Look magazine, January 8, 1957
    35The Georgia Tech Alumnus, September 1960
    36The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, September 23, 1962
    37Exponent - The Georgia Tech Magazine, April 1976
    38Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1976-1985
    39The Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, March 1978
    310Delta Air Lines Sky magazine, March 1978
    43Bobby Dodd calendar, 1981
    44Atlanta Weekly magazine, May 29, 1983
    45Tech Topics magazine, September 1983
    311Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1986
    312Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, undated
     

    SERIES 6: Scrapbooks, ca. 1930-ca. 1981

    Description

    This series consists of several large scrapbooks, most of which are in damaged condition. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings. There are also some photographs and other kinds of memorabilia. Photocopies of the contents of each scrapbook are available so that researchers do not have to handle the actual scrapbooks, which are in fragile condition.

    Box

    Fldr

    51Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    52Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    53Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    54Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    55Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    56Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    57Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1952-1969
    58Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1952-1969
    59Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1952-1969
    510Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1952-1969
    511Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1952-1969
    512Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1952-1969
    513Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 91-93, ca. 1952-1969
    514Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1944-1952
    515Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1944-1952
    516Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1944-1952
    517Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1944-1952
    518Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1944-1952
    519Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1944-1952
    520Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 91-102, ca. 1944-1952
    521Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1976-ca. 1981
    522Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1976-ca. 1981
    523Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1976-ca. 1981
    524Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 46-49, ca. 1976-ca. 1981
    525Scrapbook 5 - loose pages (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1967
    526Scrapbook 5 - loose pages (photocopy) - pages 16-29, ca. 1967

    Box

    6Scrapbook 1 (original), ca. 1930-ca. 1981
    6Scrapbook 2 (original), ca. 1952-1969

    Box

    7Scrapbook 3 (original), ca. 1944-1952

    Box

    8Scrapbook 4 (original), ca. 1976-ca. 1981
    8Scrapbook 5 (loose pages - originals), ca. 1967
     

    SERIES 7: Awards and Certificates, 1957-1989

    Arrangement

    Certificates and awards are listed in chronological order.

    Description

    This series consists of awards and certificates given to Bobby Dodd. The certificates are of membership and appreciation.

    Box

    Fldr

    46Omicron Delta Kappa membership, January 1957
    47Georgia State Senate resolution, January 1958
    48Georgia House resolution, February 1967
    413Georgia General Assembly resolution, February 1967

    Drawer

    Fldr

    1g1Board of Regents (State of Georgia) resolution, February 1967

    Drawer

    Fldr

    1g1Alumni Association resolution, March 1967
    49Georgia Tech Foundation resolution, March 1967
    410Bobby Dodd Day proclamation, May 1967
    411Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame certificate, May 1967
    412Bobby Dodd Day (Atlanta) proclamation, May 1967
    414Georgia House resolution, undated
    415Ford Motor Company award, August 1974
    416Golden Checker award, November 1974
    417Mount Vernon Christian Academy Board of Trustees certificate, undated
    418Smyrna Rotary Club award, ca. 1975
    419Bobby Dodd Youth Bowl certificate, 1979
    420Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow award, ca. 1980
    421Golden Deeds award, June 1982
    422Optimist Club certificate, August 1982
    423WCN Super Citizen award, December 1982

    Drawer

    Fldr

    1g1Lieutenant General (State of Georgia) appointment, January 1987
    424Upper East Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame award, May 1988
    425NCAA award, January 1989
    426City of Atlanta proclamation, September 1989