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Ray F. Ellis Photograph Collection

Ray F. Ellis Photograph Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ray F. Ellis Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM349
Date: ca. 1945-1965
Size/Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (12 items)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Ellis, Ray F., (Raymond Frank), 1905-1992
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains images related to Georgia Tech football coaches and teams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ray F. (Raymond Frank) Ellis (1905-1992) served as an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech varsity football team from 1945 until 1951, under head coach Bobby Dodd. He was most noted for his teaching of the "T" formation. During Ellis’ tenure at Tech, the football team went to the Orange Bowl twice (in 1946 and 1948) and held an overall 40-21 record.

Ellis was born on January 3, 1905. A native of LaGrange, Kentucky, he attended high school there, where he participated in all sports. He went on to the University of Kentucky, where he played on the football and basketball teams and participated in track and field. In 1933, Ellis married Martha Stegar, who played an active role in women’s affairs while he coached at Georgia Tech. Ellis served as the head coach of football and basketball at Madisonville High School in Kentucky for 17 years. During this time he became noted at the high school for his use of the "T" formation, which he had learned while on the staff of a boys’ summer camp. In 1944 he was tapped by Bernie Shively to institute the "T" formation for the University of Kentucky football team.

Bobby Dodd, upon being promoted to head coach at Georgia Tech, hired Ellis in 1945 to bring the "T" formation to Tech. Ellis started as the line coach for the varsity football team. He was appointed assistant coach for the varsity football team the next year, remaining in that position until he resigned in May 1951. Ellis cited the increase in outside pressure on the football program as his main reason for leaving.

Following his resignation from Tech, Ellis returned to his hometown of LaGrange to work with his older brother Delbert at an automobile agency. In 1959 Ellis relocated to Tampa, Florida, where he spent more than thirty years as the assistant general manager of WEDU-TV, Channel 3. While there he became an original member of the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA), which was created in 1965 by Florida Governor Hayden Burns for the purpose of planning, developing, and maintaining a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities for the Tampa Bay area. He was appointed to the TSA board by Governor Burns and served on it for more than ten years. From 1965-1969 he chaired the football committee. He was a key person in the scheduling of football games at Tampa Stadium during the late 1960s.

Ellis died on January 23, 1992 at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife Martha Stegar Ellis (ca. 1907-2002), to whom he was married for almost sixty years.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains images related to Georgia Tech football coaches and teams. Although most of the images date from 1945-1950 when Ray Ellis was the assistant coach, a few photos are of former GT coaches under Bobby Dodd who ultimately became head coaches at other universities. One image of Ray Ellis dates from his time at WEDU-TV in Tampa, Florida. All of the images are black and white.


This collection is arranged into three series: Individuals; Coaches, Group Images; and Teams.

Index Terms

College sports.
Dodd, Bobby, 1908-1988
Ellis, Ray F., (Raymond Frank), 1905-1992
Football coaches--United States.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Football.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Sports.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Football team).
Graves, Ray, b. 1918

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Ray F. Ellis Photograph Collection VAM349, Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Accession 1995.0301.

Processing Information

Mallory Velten and Mandi D. Johnson processed these photographs in July 2009.

Revisions to Finding Aid

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

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

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

    Separated Material

    Manuscript materials are processed and described separately as the Ray F. Ellis Papers MS349.

    Related Material

    Several collections in the Georgia Tech Archives relate to football and football coaches, including: Georgia Tech Athletic Association records (UA300), the Georgia Tech Athletic Association photographs (VAUA300), the Bobby Dodd collection (MS022), the Bobby Dodd photographs (VAM022), and the Bobby Dodd papers (MS380) and photographs (VAM380).

    Other Finding Aids

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

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    SERIES 1: Individuals, undated, ca. 1947-1965



    11Broyles, Frank, undated, ca. 1965
    VAM349-01: Frank Broyles--head coach at University of Arkansas, former GT offensive coordinator, undated, ca. 1965
    12Davis, Bob, undated, ca. 1947
    VAM349-02: Bob Davis--GT athlete, undated, ca. 1947
    13Dodd, Bobby, undated, ca. 1950
    VAM349-03: Bobby Dodd, undated, ca. 1950
    14Ellis, Ray, undated, ca. 1965
    VAM349-04: Ray Ellis. "Football season has arrived a little early this year . . . Ray Ellis, assistant general manager of WEDU, Channel 3, is up to his neck in footballs. The University of Tampa as well as the other college football teams in the State and member schools of the Southeastern Conference have donated autographed footballs to be sold to the highest bidder during WEDU's Second Annual Bid-By-Phone Auction. The eight-day show will be aired live and in color on Channel 3 from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 31, through Saturday, June 7.", undated, ca. 1965
    15Graves, Ray, undated, ca. 1965
    VAM349-05: Ray Graves--head coach at University of Florida, former GT defensive coach, undated, ca. 1965

    SERIES 2: Coaches, Group Images, ca. 1945-1951



    16Ray Ellis, Bobby Dodd, and Unknown, 1947
    VAM349-06: Ray Ellis, unknown man, and Bobby Dodd; from The Birmingham News (Alabama), 1947
    17Tech Coaching Staff, late 1940s
    VAM349-07: Tech Coaching Staff. Back row, l-r: Lewis Woodruff?, Ray Graves, Joe Pittard, Bobby Dodd, Mutt Manning?, and Roy McArthur? Front Row, l-r: Bob Miller?, Ray Ellis, unknown, Dwight Keith, and Dick Jones?, ca. 1946-1950
    18Bobby Dodd, Dwight Keith, Ray Ellis, ca. 1945-1951
    VAM349-08: Left-Right: Bobby Dodd, Dwight Keith, Ray Ellis, ca. 1945-1951
    19GT Coaches, ca. 1947-1949
    VAM349-09 [and duplicate]: Bobby Dodd, William A. Alexander, Ray Ellis, ca. 1947-1949
    VAM349-10: Ray Graves, Roy McArthur, Joe Pittard, Dwight Keith, Mutt Manning, Dick Jones, Bob Miller, and Lewis Woodruff, ca. 1947-1949

    SERIES 3: Teams, ca. 1945-1950



    110Teams, ca. 1945-1950
    VAM349-11: 1950 Team, 1950
    VAM349-12: Bobby Dodd and Team, after a winning game, ca. 1948