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|General office files 1921-1989|
|Speeches and Speech Materials ca. 1966-1986|
|Dobyns-Bennett High School Materials 1979-1984|
|Sports/Games Programs 1942-1984|
|Newspaper Articles/Magazines 1930-1986|
|Scrapbooks ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|Awards and Certificates 1957-1989|
|Title:||Bobby Dodd Papers|
|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, 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 note||Part of this collection was originally processed as MS022.|
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.
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.
Please cite Bobby Dodd Papers (MS380), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.
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).
Mallory Velten and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in June 2010.
Revisions to Finding Aid
Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.
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 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.
A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
SERIES 1: General office files, 1921-1989
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
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.
|1||1||Biographical information, 1933-1988|
|1||3||Correspondence and clippings, 1961-1965|
|1||4||Correspondence and clippings, 1967-1973|
|1||6||Correspondence, 1980-ca. 1985|
|1||9||Encyclopedia of Sports excerpts, ca. 1977|
|1||10||Flyers, maps, ca. 1985-1987|
|1||11||Football record, 1921-1926|
|1||12||Funeral program, 1988|
|1||13||Poem "To a Coach", undated|
|1||14||Worship program, June 1986|
SERIES 2: Speeches and Speech Materials, ca. 1966-1986
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.
|1||15||Rotary Club speaker information, 1983-1986|
|1||16||Coaching retirement speeches to team, ca. 1966|
|1||17||Coaching clinics - speech materials, undated|
|1||18||Speeches, ca. 1970s|
|1||19||Speech materials, undated|
|1||20||Speech materials, undated|
|1||21||Speech materials, undated|
|1||22||Speech notecards, undated|
SERIES 3: Dobyns-Bennett High School Materials, 1979-1984
This series contains materials relating to Dobyns-Bennett High School, such as a student handbook, program for a football game, and an information booklet.
|2||1||Sports program - Dobyns-Bennett vs. Morristown East, September 28, 1979|
|2||2||Student handbook, 1983-1984|
|2||3||Dobyns-Bennett High School information booklet, undated|
|2||4||Dobyns-Bennett Indians booklet, undated|
SERIES 4: Sports/Games Programs, 1942-1984
Arranged in chronological order.
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.
|2||5||Florida vs. Georgia Tech, November 21, 1942|
|2||6||Georgia Tech vs. Duke, November 3, 1945|
|2||7||Georgia Tech vs. LSU, November 17, 1945|
|2||8||Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, November 24, 1945|
|2||9||Georgia Tech vs. Georgia, December 1, 1945|
|2||10||All Star Football Game - College All-Stars vs. Philadelphia Eagles, August 12, 1949|
|2||11||Orange Bowl - Baylor vs. Georgia Tech, December 25, 1951-January 1, 1952|
|2||12||Sugar Bowl - Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech, January 2, 1956|
|2||13||Tech vs. Alabama, November 17, 1962|
|2||14||Orange Bowl - Georgia Tech vs. University of Florida, January 2, 1967|
|2||15||Georgia Tech vs. Georgia (4 copies), November 27, 1975|
|2||16||Touchdown Club of Atlanta - Annual Football Jamboree (honoring Robert L. "Bobby" Dodd, Georgia Tech), February 4-5, 1977|
|2||17||Bobby Dodd Bowl, November 19, 1977|
|2||18||Touchdown Club of Atlanta - 45th Annual Jamboree, February 25, 1984|
SERIES 5: Newspaper Articles/Magazines, 1930-1986
Articles and magazines are listed in chronological order.
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.
|3||1||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1930-1950|
|4||27||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd (oversize), 1947-1984|
|4||1||The Atlanta Journal Magazine, September 16, 1945|
|3||2||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1951-1975|
|3||3||The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine - featuring Dodd family, December 28, 1952|
|3||4||The Georgia Tech Alumnus, November 1956|
|4||2||Look magazine, January 8, 1957|
|3||5||The Georgia Tech Alumnus, September 1960|
|3||6||The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, September 23, 1962|
|3||7||Exponent - The Georgia Tech Magazine, April 1976|
|3||8||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1976-1985|
|3||9||The Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, March 1978|
|3||10||Delta Air Lines Sky magazine, March 1978|
|4||3||Bobby Dodd calendar, 1981|
|4||4||Atlanta Weekly magazine, May 29, 1983|
|4||5||Tech Topics magazine, September 1983|
|3||11||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, 1986|
|3||12||Newspaper clippings on Bobby Dodd, undated|
SERIES 6: Scrapbooks, ca. 1930-ca. 1981
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.
|5||1||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||2||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||3||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||4||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||5||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||6||Scrapbook 1 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|5||7||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||8||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||9||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||10||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||11||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||12||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||13||Scrapbook 2 (photocopy) - pages 91-93, ca. 1952-1969|
|5||14||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||15||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||16||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||17||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 46-60, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||18||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 61-75, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||19||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 76-90, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||20||Scrapbook 3 (photocopy) - pages 91-102, ca. 1944-1952|
|5||21||Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1976-ca. 1981|
|5||22||Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 16-30, ca. 1976-ca. 1981|
|5||23||Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 31-45, ca. 1976-ca. 1981|
|5||24||Scrapbook 4 (photocopy) - pages 46-49, ca. 1976-ca. 1981|
|5||25||Scrapbook 5 - loose pages (photocopy) - pages 1-15, ca. 1967|
|5||26||Scrapbook 5 - loose pages (photocopy) - pages 16-29, ca. 1967|
|6||Scrapbook 1 (original), ca. 1930-ca. 1981|
|6||Scrapbook 2 (original), ca. 1952-1969|
|7||Scrapbook 3 (original), ca. 1944-1952|
|8||Scrapbook 4 (original), ca. 1976-ca. 1981|
|8||Scrapbook 5 (loose pages - originals), ca. 1967|
SERIES 7: Awards and Certificates, 1957-1989
Certificates and awards are listed in chronological order.
This series consists of awards and certificates given to Bobby Dodd. The certificates are of membership and appreciation.
|4||6||Omicron Delta Kappa membership, January 1957|
|4||7||Georgia State Senate resolution, January 1958|
|4||8||Georgia House resolution, February 1967|
|4||13||Georgia General Assembly resolution, February 1967|
|1||Board of Regents (State of Georgia) resolution, February 1967|
|1||Alumni Association resolution, March 1967|
|4||9||Georgia Tech Foundation resolution, March 1967|
|4||10||Bobby Dodd Day proclamation, May 1967|
|4||11||Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame certificate, May 1967|
|4||12||Bobby Dodd Day (Atlanta) proclamation, May 1967|
|4||14||Georgia House resolution, undated|
|4||15||Ford Motor Company award, August 1974|
|4||16||Golden Checker award, November 1974|
|4||17||Mount Vernon Christian Academy Board of Trustees certificate, undated|
|4||18||Smyrna Rotary Club award, ca. 1975|
|4||19||Bobby Dodd Youth Bowl certificate, 1979|
|4||20||Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow award, ca. 1980|
|4||21||Golden Deeds award, June 1982|
|4||22||Optimist Club certificate, August 1982|
|4||23||WCN Super Citizen award, December 1982|
|1||Lieutenant General (State of Georgia) appointment, January 1987|
|4||24||Upper East Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame award, May 1988|
|4||25||NCAA award, January 1989|
|4||26||City of Atlanta proclamation, September 1989|