University of Delaware Library

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David M. Nelson Papers

1936 - 1991
(bulk dates 1951 - 1991)

Manuscript Collection Number: 328
Accessioned: Gift of David M. Nelson and Mrs. Shirley Nelson.
Extent: 42 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, minutes, manuals, programs, magazines, books,
media guides, annual reports, articles, dockets, posters, pamphlets, diary, motion pictures, video cassettes, drafts
(preliminary versions), speeches, surveys, diagrams, certificates, interviews, bulletins, notes, newsletters,
proceedings, resumes, and logbook.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1995-1996 by Anita A. Wellner.

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Table of Contents

Contents List

Series I. - Series VI.


+ Biographical Note + Scope and Contents Note + Series Outline

Contents List

+ Series VII. - IX..

+ Series X. - XVII., Apppendix A and Appendix B


Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents


         Series I.  High School and University Scholar and
               Athlete, 1936-1950
               Note that all scrapbooks have been shelved
               separately at the end of the collection.  


          Series I.1.  Northwestern High School, Detroit,
               Michigan, 1936-1938

     F1   Scrapbooks #1 (1936-1937) and #2 (1937-1938)
          Includes clippings and letters which chronicle Nelson's
          role as a star baseball, football, and basketball
          player at Northwestern.  Honors included "Prep Hall of
          Fame" and the "All State High School Football Team." 
          He also played baseball for the Hertzberg team in Class
          C of the Detroit Baseball Federation.  Scrapbook #1
          also includes two photographs of Mrs. Shirley Nelson
          and the high school hockey teams on which she played in
          1936-1937.


          Series I.2.  University of Michigan, 1938-1950

     F2   Scrapbooks #3 (1938-1942) and #4 (1938-1942)
          Clippings, letters, and photographs which document
          Nelson's undergraduate experience as a student and
          football player at the University of Michigan. 
          Includes a 1940 letter from Fritz Crisler noting
          Nelson's place on the Michigan football team.

     F3   "A Study of the Factors Influencing the Success and
          Failure of Football Rushing Plays," 1946 May
          Typescript copy of Nelson's thesis for his Master of
          Science degree from the School of Education, University
          of Michigan.

     F4   "The Educational Values of Football Today," 1950 Jul 27
          Graduate paper written for F214 course at Michigan.

1         Series II.  U. S. Naval Air Corps Service, 1942-1945
               
     F1   Clippings, [1942-1945]
          Include reports of Nelson's departure, flight school,
          and assignments.  Note that Scrapbook #4 also includes
          a few clippings regarding Nelson's naval service.

     F2   Flight log, 1942-1945
          Records all flights in which Nelson participated,
          including plane numbers, times, names of pilots, etc.

     F3   Letters, 1943-1944
          Two letters from Nelson to Henry Hatch, who was his
          equipment manager at the University of Michigan.

     F4   Diary, 1943-1945
          Includes names and addresses of friends, family, and
          other servicemen, a map delineating his travels during
          the war, descriptions of reconnaissance flights, and
          reports of the activities, damages, and casualties on
          the U.S.S. Yorktown and other ships.  Beginning on
          April 15, 1943, during his voyage to Alaska, the diary
          mentions his participation in bombing raids over Tokyo,
          providing air support for ground troops at Iwo Jima
          (1945) and Okinawa, as well as reporting the sinking of
          the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the end of the war.

     F5   Negative, [n.d.]
          Negative which depicts Nelson in his Navy uniform,
          possibly at an athletic event.  May include Fritz
          Crisler.

1         Series III.  Early Career as a Coach and Athletic
               Administrator, 1946-1951


          Series III.1.  Hillsdale College, Director of the
               Department of Physical Education and Head Football
               Coach, 1946-1948

     F1   Letters, programs, Scrapbooks #5 (1946-1947) and #6
          (1947-1948), and press kit, 1946-1948
          Includes two letters from Crisler, "A Century of
          Hillsdale College Football, 1891-1991," game programs,
          a press kit for the 1947 football team,  photographs,
          and expense sheets.  Scrapbook #6 contains a small
          number of clippings related to Nelson's tenure at
          Hillsdale.


          Series III.2.  Harvard University, Backfield Coach,
               1948-1949

     F2   Letters and Scrapbook #6 (1947-1948)
          Scrapbook #6 begins with material about Hillsdale, but
          concludes with clippings and telegrams related to
          Nelson's career move to Harvard and programs related to
          Harvard football games. 


          Series III.3.  University of Maine-Orono, Assistant
               Professor of Physical Education and Head Football
               Coach, 1949-1951

     F3   Correspondence, notes, programs, and Scrapbooks #7
          (1949) and #8 (1950)
          Through clippings, telegrams, and football programs,
          the scrapbooks detail Nelson's coaching and
          administrative tenure at Maine.  Includes a program for
          the 1986 "Celebration of Maine Football."

1         Series IV.  University of Delaware, 1951-1991
          Arranged alphabetically by subject.

          Series IV.1.  Director of Physical Education and
               Athletics and Head Football Coach, 1951-1966

     F1   Annual Reports of the Division of Physical Education,
          Athletics and Recreation, 1958-1966
          One bound volume of reports housed in Box 31.

     F2   Athletic Council Minutes, 1912-1966
          Twenty-three bound volumes of Minutes of the University
          of Delaware Athletic Council removed to Boxes 28-29.

     F3   Board of Trustees' Committee on Physical Education,
          Recreation and Athletics, Dockets, 1955-1966
          One bound volume of dockets removed to Box 31.

     F4   Contracts with MacGregor Sport Products, 1960-1962
          Nelson's contracts with MacGregor regarding his testing
          and endorsement of their athletic equipment.

     F5   Correspondence, 1951-1959
          Notes for reports regarding the athletic program;
          letters to Nelson from coaches, fans, and UD
          administrators; carbons of Nelson's responses; and
          press releases regarding the UD football program.

     F6   Correspondence, 1960-1966
          Most of the correspondence is with UD President John
          Perkins, plus copies of Friends, Look (oversize, see
          Box 37), and Sport, which includes articles about
          Nelson.

          University of Delaware Football Training Notebooks
     F7   "Football Notes 1953"
          Mimeograph manual of philosophy and system of football
          played by the University, including offense and
          defense.

     F8   "Football Notes 1953"
          Second copy.

     F9   UD Football Team Practice Schedules, 1952-1954
          Originally in blue binder, includes detailed daily
          schedules for football training.

     F10  "Defensive Schemes," 1954-1956
          Originally in a blue binder, provides detailed
          descriptions and diagrams of the defensive schemes used
          by Delaware against their opponents in specific games
          in 1954-1956.

1         Series IV.  University of Delaware (cont'd)
          Series IV.1.  Head Football Coach (cont'd)

          UD Football Training Notebooks (cont'd)      
     F11  "Delaware Offense," 1957-1958
          Originally in a blue binder, provides detailed lists of
          plays run by UD, with an analysis of the effectiveness
          of each play against particular defenses.  Also
          includes several "drive studies," which analyze
          sequences of plays used during football games.

     F12  "1963 Plays Staff Book," 1963
          Originally in blue binder, provides descriptions,
          diagrams, and charts of offensive and defensive plays
          for 1963, including game evaluations and success rates
          by play.

     F13  Clippings about football games, 1951-1966
          Clippings from The Review and News Journal which depict
          or describe UD football games in which Nelson coached. 
          Removed to oversize section (Box 38).

     F14  Media or Press Guides, 1952-1966
          Titles for the media guides varied, including:
          University of Delaware Fighting Blue Hen Press
          Information (1952-1956), Delaware Football Facts
          (1957-1962), Delaware Football (1963-1967).

     F15  Photographs, [n.d.]
          Five photographs, including two of Nelson on the
          sidelines during a football game.

     F16  Scrapbooks, 1951-1966
          Includes scrapbooks #9-18, containing mainly clippings
          of newspaper stories related to Coach Nelson and UD
          football teams.  The scrapbooks also include letters
          and telegrams, programs of football games and coaching
          clinics, copies of The Review, press releases,
          brochures, and a chalk portrait of David Nelson (by
          Harold "Tubby" Raymond).  Note that all scrapbooks have
          been shelved separately at the end of the collection.

     F17  University of Delaware News, 1956-1972
          Two bound volumes of University of Delaware News or The
          University News, which contain selected issues of these
          magazines between 1956 and 1972, have been removed to
          Box 27.  Housed in the folder are two issues (Winter
          1954-1955 and Winter 1959-1960).

1         Series IV.  University of Delaware (cont'd)

          Series IV.2.  Director of Physical Education and
               Athletics, 1966-1980
               Nelson continued as Director of Physical Education
               and Athletics, following his retirement from
               coaching in 1966.  Nelson became the Dean of the
               College of Physical Education, Athletics, and
               Recreation in 1981.

     F18  Annual Reports of the Division of Physical Education,
          Athletics and Recreation, 1966-1977
          One bound volume removed to Box 31 and another volume
          (1978-1981) has been transferred to the Department of
          Physical Education (see removal sheet in F34).

     F19  Athletic Council Minutes or Athletic Governing Board,
          1966-1980
          Fourteen volumes of minutes removed to Boxes 29-30. 
          The UD Athletic Council changed its name to the UD
          Athletic Governing Board on May 18, 1973.

     F20  Board of Trustees' Committee on Physical Education,
          Recreation and Athletics, Dockets, 1966-1980
          Three bound volumes removed to Box 31.

     F21  Contract and letter with MacGregor Division, Brunswick
          Corporation, 1969-1973


          Correspondence, 1967-1979
          Correspondence with UD administrators (particularly
          President Arthur Trabant) and faculty, athletic
          supporters, area coaches and others regarding UD
          athletic programs, budget, facilities, and sporting
          events.  With the correspondence are included reports
          and Nelson's notes for reports or discussions.

     F22  1967-1971
     F23  1972 Jan-Jul
     F24  1972 Aug-Dec
     F25  1973-1974
     F26  1975
     F27  1976-1979
     F28  [1970s]


     F29  Issues of Delaware Today, 1973 Sep, 1976 Sep
          Include feature articles on the University of Delaware
          football team.

     F30  Football clippings, 1966-1980
                    Removed to oversize Box 38.1

         Series IV.  University of Delaware (cont'd)
         
         Series IV.2.  Director Physical Education (cont'd)

     F31  Media or Press Guides, 1966-1980
          Titles include Delaware Football (1963-1967),
          University of Delaware Football Press Guide (1968-1971),
          Delaware Football Guide (1972-1975), University
          of Delaware Media Guide (1976-1982).

     F32  Scrapbook #18, 1954-1977
          Includes clippings, brochures, and magazines related to
          Nelson and the University of Delaware.

     F33  University of Delaware News, 1966-1972
          Two bound volumes of University of Delaware News or The
          University News, which contain selected issues of these
          magazines between 1956 and 1972, have been removed to
          Box 27.

1         Series IV.  University of Delaware (cont'd)

          Series IV.3.  Dean, College of Physical Education,
               Athletics and Recreation, 1980-1991
               In 1984 Nelson retired as the Athletic Director,
               but continued as the Dean of the College of
               Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation. 
               Although Nelson retired as Dean in 1990, he was
               also the Special Assistant to the President of the
               University (1989-1990), and carried the rank of
               Professor Emeritus at the time of his death.
 
     F34  Annual Reports of the Division of Physical Education,
          Athletics and Recreation, 1980-1990
          One copy of the 1989-1990 report plus two bound volumes
          (1978-1981 and 1982-1985) which have been transferred
          to the Department of Physical Education.  See enclosed
          removal sheet for details.

     F35  Athletic Governing Board Minutes, 1980-1988
          Eight bound volumes of minutes, removed to Boxes 30-31.

     F36  Board of Trustees' Committee on Physical Education,
          Recreation and Athletics, Dockets, 1980-1984
          One bound volume removed to Box 31.


          Correspondence, 1980-1991
          Correspondence with UD administrators (particularly
          President Trabant) and faculty, athletic supporters,
          area coaches, UD coaches, and others regarding UD
          athletic programs, budget, facilities, and sporting
          events.  With the correspondence are included reports
          and Nelson's notes for reports or discussions.  A
          considerable amount of information is present regarding
          Nelson's concern about maintaining the balance between
          education and athletics.

     F37  1980-1982
     F38  1983
     F39  1984

2    F40  1985-1986
     F41  1987 Jan-May
     F42  1987 Jun-Sep
     F43  1987 Oct-Dec
     F44  1988
     F45  1989
     F46  [1980s]
     F47  1990-1991
     F48  [n.d.]

2         Series IV.  University of Delaware (cont'd)
          Series IV.3.  Dean, College of PEAR (cont'd)

          The Blue Hen Gridder, 1985-1988
          University of Delaware football program.
     F49  1985-1986
          Five issues for games against West Chester, Rhode
          Island, New Hampshire, and Temple.
     F50  1987-1988
          Issues for games against West Chester, Navy, Boston
          University, and Massachusetts, plus a Navy program.

     F51  Defensive Plays and Spacing from a Philadelphia Eagles
          Clinic, [n.d.]

     F52  Football clippings, 1980-1989
          Includes issues of The Review and News Journal special
          sections on the centennial celebration of football at
          the University of Delaware in 1989.  All clippings
          removed to the oversize section.

     F53  Interviews with Dean Nelson, 1988-1990
          Correspondence and typescript of an interview for
          Sports Care and Fitness, as well as an issue of Referee
          which includes an interview by Nelson.

     F54  Media or Press Guides, 1980-1991
          Includes a bound volume of University of Delaware Media
          Guide (1976-1982), which has been removed to Box 27,
          plus a copy of the 1991 media guide.

     F55  University of Delaware Magazine, 1988-1989
          Two issues, one of which includes the feature article,
          "'Admiral' Nelson Stands Down." 
          
Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Association

1946-1991      9 linear ft.        Boxes 2-11

Contents:  Correspondence, bulletins, manuals, audiovisual
material, minutes, photographs, posters, pamphlets, publications,
subject file, reports, and speeches.

Arrangement:  These files are arranged in subseries reflecting
six National Collegiate Athletic Association committees or
organizations related to the NCAA on which Nelson served or to
which he was a liaison.  These subseries are the NCAA Football
Rules Committee, the Collegiate Commissioners Association, the
Division II Football Committee, the Joint Commission on
Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the NCAA
Television Committee, and the Yankee Conference.  
     The bulk of the series is related to the Football Rules
Committee, which is arranged in the following subunits:
bulletins, clinics, correspondence, films, minutes, posters and
pamphlets, publications, and subject file.  


Description:  David Nelson served on the National Collegiate
Athletic Association Football Rules Committee for 35 years and as
the Rules Committee's Secretary-Editor from 1962 until his death
in 1991.  His term as Secretary-Editor was the longest tenure in
Rules Committee history.  His service on the Rules Committee
qualified him as the foremost authority on collegiate football
rules.
     The material in the subseries on the Football Rules
Committee reflects Nelson responsibilities as Secretary-Editor. 
Minutes taken at committee meetings, rules books and technical
manuals edited by Nelson and published by the NCAA, press
releases regarding rule changes, and subcommittee information on
equipment, sports injuries, and safety are available in this
series.  Also in the series are Nelson's reports and
correspondence as the Rules Committee liaison with the National
Association of Collegiate Commissioners, the American Football
Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, and the National Football Foundation and Hall of
Fame.  Additionally, the series consists of manuals and notes
used by Nelson to conduct sessions at football clinics in the
United States and overseas.  During these clinics Nelson
explained the annual football rule changes and points of
emphasis.
     The correspondence files of the Football Rules Committee
subseries are substantial and detail Nelson's interactions with
individual coaches and officials on particular rule implications
or offering his interpretation of the application of the rules to
particular game plays.  The correspondence files are rich in
historical documentation of the changes in college football. 
Furthermore, the files also mirror some of the key issues in
intercollegiate athletics, such as safety and injuries, violence
and sportsmanship, issues surrounding television rights, the
costs of intercollegiate athletics, relationships to professional
sports, academic standards for athletes, and recruiting policies. 
     The correspondence includes letters from familiar names
connected with football such as Fritz Crisler, Walter Byers,
Wayne Duke, R. R. Neyland, Ara Parseghian, Homer C. Rice, Grant
Teaff, Joe Paterno, John Waldorf, Art McNally, Chalmer W. (Bump)
Elliott, Paul W. (Bear) Bryant, Vince Dooley, and Bobby Bowden. 
However, the bulk of the letters to Nelson are from NCAA
officials, coaches, and fans who write regarding college football
rules, or in the case of NCAA officials, conducting the business
of the Rules Committee.
     Filed throughout the NCAA correspondence are letters to
Nelson from several Japanese football officials, with whom Nelson
established long-term professional relationships as well as
friendships.  David Nelson's original letters to Hiroshi Kiire
and Haruo Higashimoto were returned to Mrs. Nelson in 1992-1993
and are now available in F176-177 of this series.
     Additionally, the Football Rules Committee files include
posters, pamphlets, 16mm films and video cassettes produced by
the NCAA, many with the editorial assistance of David Nelson.
     Finally, it should be noted that the Rules Committee files
include copies of a small amount of correspondence and copies of
minutes for the years 1948 to 1956, the year Nelson was elected
as the District II representative to the Rules Committee.  These
files contain carbon copies of letters from E.E. Wieman, as
secretary of the committee, suggesting that the files were
originally his and transferred to Nelson when he became
secretary.
      The material related to the Collegiate Commissioners
Association includes Nelson's reports to this group on behalf of
the NCAA Rules Committee, as well as correspondence, minutes,
clinic manuals, officials' rules exams, and films.  The films,
which were jointly produced with the NCAA, frequently involved
Nelson's input, which in some cases included preparing the script
and/or narrating segments of the films.
     Nelson served as a member of the Division II Football
Committee from 1973-1979.  The correspondence, reports, minutes
and other information in this series represent Nelson's work on
this committee, which was responsible for arranging the play-off
and championship games for Division II football.
     As a liaison for the Rules Committee, Nelson attended
meetings of the Joint Commission on Competitive Safeguards and
Medical Aspects of Sports, frequently reporting to the group on
rule changes which were intended to prevent injuries and promote
safety.  The series contains reports, correspondence, articles,
brochures, and information regarding safeguards and injuries.
     From 1977 until 1981, Nelson served as a member of the NCAA
Television Committee, which was responsible for the
administration of "1978-1981 NCAA Football Television Plan" (see
F272 for a copy) and the NCAA contract with ABC-TV.  Agenda,
minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, plans for
television coverage, maps of the ABC's networks, and newspaper
articles document Nelson's term on the committee.
     As Commissioner of the Yankee Conference from 1989-1991,
David Nelson represented the Conference at national meetings,
promoted and advanced the Conference, and performed other duties
as assigned by the Yankee Conference Presidents and Directors of
Athletics.  Documents recording Nelson's efforts as Commissioner
include correspondence, reports, agenda and minutes of meetings,
constitution and bylaws, budget information, bill, and other
information.
     Between 1951 and 1991 David Nelson served on numerous other
NCAA Committees, for which little or no information is available
in these papers, particularly the Anti-Bribery Committee (1963-1964)
and the College Professional Committee (1965-1970).  On
November 21, 1963, Nelson, on behalf of the NCAA Anti-Bribery
Committee, testified before a Congressional Committee which was
considering legislation targeting bribery problems in collegiate
sports (particularly basketball).  The investigation and
legislation were a result of the scandal surrounding bribery in
college basketball in 1962.  For further information about the
Anti-Bribery Committee or other NCAA committees, contact the
National Collegiate Athletic Association.

2         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Association,
               1946-1991
     
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee, 1946-1991 
               Material arranged in alphabetical order by topic
               and reverse chronological order within folders.


     F1   Bulletins from the Rules Committee, 1956-1978


          Clinics, 1957-1989
     F2   Clinic manuals, 1957-1962
          One bound volume of manuals used in Football Clinics,
          including clinics at Washington State, Purdue, Arizona
          State University, Florida A&M, Ohio State University
          (signed by Woody Hayes), and high school clinics in
          Wisconsin and Texas.  Most include portions taught by
          Nelson.

     F3   Clinic notes, [n.d.]
          Nelson's notes for addresses or lectures during various
          clinics (frequently on topics related to football
          rules), including the Collegiate Coaches Association,
          the Hall of Fame Clinic, and for CBS television sportscasters.

     F4   Programs, article, and posters for clinics, 1957-1959

     F5   Programs, posters, and schedules for clinics, 1960-1964

     F6   Programs, correspondence, notes, lectures, and programs
          for clinics, 1970-1979

     F7   Programs, correspondence, notes, and lectures for
          clinics, 1980-1985

     F8   Programs, correspondence, notes, lectures, and notebook
          for clinics, 1986-1989

     F9   Video cassettes, 1981-1988
          Includes Blocking/Hands @ TCU (March 16 1988), David
          Nelson and Football Supervisors Rules (January 1981),
          David Nelson 82 Rules Changes/SWC Football Clinic
          (1982), SFOA Houston Clinic Rules Q & A Session (1981). 
          See Box 35 for these video cassettes.

2         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)

          NCCA and Rules Committee Correspondence, 1947-1991

     F10  1947-1948
     F11  1950
     F12  1951
     F13  1952
     F14  1953
     F15  1954
     F16  1955
     F17  1956
     F18  1957
     F19  1958
     F20  1959
     F21  1960

3    F22  1961
     F23  1962 Jan-Jun
     F24       Jul-Dec
     F25  1963 Jan-Feb
     F26       Mar-Apr
     F27       May-Sep
     F28       Oct-Dec
     F29  [1963]
     F30  1964 Jan-Jun
     F31       Jul-Sep
     F32       Oct-Dec
     F33  [1964]
     F34  1965
     F35  1966
     F36  1967
     F37  1968
     F38  1969
     F39  1970
     F40  1971
     F41  1972 Jan-Feb
     F42       Mar-Jun
     F43       Jul-Aug
     F44       Sep-Oct
     F45       Nov-Dec
     F46  [1972]
     F47  1973 Jan-Feb
     F48       Mar-May
     F49       Jun-Aug
     F50       Sep-Oct
     F51       Nov-Dec
     F52  [1973]

4         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)
          NCCA and Rules Committee Correspondence (cont'd)

     F53  1974 Jan
     F54       Feb
     F55       Mar-Apr
     F56       May-Jun
     F57       Jul-Aug
     F58       Sep-Oct
     F59       Nov-Dec
     F60  [1974]
     F61  1975 Jan-Feb
     F62       Mar-Apr
     F63       May-Jun
     F64       Jul-Aug
     F65       Sep-Oct
     F66       Nov-Dec
     F67  [1975]
     F68  1976 Jan-Mar
     F69       Apr-Jun
     F70       Jul
     F71       Aug-Sep
     F72       Oct
     F73       Nov-Dec
     F74  [1976]
     F75  1977 Jan-Feb
     F76       Mar-May
     F77       Jun-Jul
     F78       Aug
     F79       Sep
     F80       Oct-Nov
     F81       Dec
     F82  [1977]

5    F83  1978 Jan-Mar
     F84       Apr-Jun
     F85       Jul-Aug
     F86       Sep-Oct
     F87       Nov-Dec
     F88  [1978]
     F89  1979 Jan-Mar
     F90       Apr-Jun
     F91       Jul-Sep
     F92       Oct-Dec
     F93  [1979]
     F94  1980 Jan-Apr
     F95       May-Aug
     F96       Sep-Oct
     F97       Nov
     F98       Dec
     F99  [1980]

5         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)
          NCCA and Rules Committee Correspondence (cont'd)

     F100 1981 Jan-Mar
     F101      Apr-Aug
     F102      Sep-Dec
     F103 [1981]
     F104 1982 Jan-Apr
     F105      May-Aug
     F106      Sep-Dec
     F107 [1982]

6    F108 1983 Jan-Feb
     F109      Mar-May
     F110      Jun-Jul
     F111      Aug-Sep
     F112      Oct-Dec
     F113 [1983]
     F114 1984 Jan-Feb
     F115      Mar-May
     F116      Jun-Jul
     F117      Aug-Sep
     F118      Oct-Nov
     F119      Dec
     F120 [1984]
     F121 1985 Jan
     F122      Feb-Mar
     F123      Apr-May
     F124      Jun-Jul
     F125      Aug-Sep
     F126      Oct
     F127      Nov-Dec
     F128 [1985]
     F129 1986 Jan-Feb
     F130      Mar-Apr
     F131      May-Aug
     F132      Sep-Oct
     F133      Nov-Dec
     F134 [1986]

7    F135 1987 Jan-Feb
     F136      Mar-May
     F137      Jun-Jul
     F138      Aug
     F139      Sep-Oct
     F140      Nov
     F141      Dec
     F142 [1987]

7         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)
          NCCA and Rules Committee Correspondence (cont'd)

     F143 1988 Jan-Feb
     F144      Mar-Apr
     F145      May-Jun
     F146      Jul-Aug
     F147      Sep-Oct
     F148      Nov-Dec
     F149 [1988]
     F150 1989 Jan-Feb
     F151      Mar-May
     F152      Jun-Jul
     F153      Aug
     F154      Sep
     F155      Oct
     F156      Nov
     F157      Dec
     F158 [1989]

8    F159 1990 Jan
     F160      Feb
     F161      Mar
     F162      Apr-Jun
     F163      Jul-Aug
     F164      Sep
     F165      Oct
     F166      Nov
     F167      Dec
     F168 [1990]
     F169 [1990]
     F170 1991 Jan-Feb
     F171      Mar
     F172      Apr-May
     F173      Jun-Dec
     F174 [1991]
     F175 [n.d.]
     F176 Nelson's letters to Haruo Higashimoto, 1984-1991
     F177 Nelson's letters to Hiroshi Kiire, 1988-1991

8         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)

          NCAA films and video cassettes, 1963-1991
          See Appendix A for a complete list of audiovisual
          material available in this collection.  Video cassettes
          are removed to Boxes 35 and 36.  16MM films are shelved
          separately at the end of the collection.

     F178 Films, scripts, and brochures, 1963-1971
          Includes brochures, bound volume of scripts, and the
          16MM films for: The Best Football Plays of 1963, The
          Best Football Plays for 1964, and The Best Football
          Plays for 1965, and Monday Morning Quarterback, and The
          Football Code of Champions, and a film on pass
          interference (F179).  Also includes video cassette and
          16MM copies of Sportsmanship: a Question of Attitude.

     F179 Film, script, and correspondence, 1972
          Includes a 16MM film titled Pass Interference, as well
          as drafts of the script and correspondence related to
          this film.  See F178 for a final script for this film.

     F180 Correspondence, cue cards, and illustrations for
          transparencies, 1977-1988
          Includes Nelson's cue cards for his introduction to the
          film The CCA Football Training Film (produced by the
          NCAA and the officiating supervisors of the Collegiate
          Commissioners Association).  Also includes drafts of
          scripts for films on safety and rules, illustrations
          for transparencies, and correspondence.

     F181 Films and video cassettes, 1989-1991
          The following 16MM films or video cassettes were
          produced for the NCAA, sent to Nelson in his role on
          the Rules Committee, or featured Nelson in interviews:

          "Ark[ansas] vs. SMU Football - November 20, 1982 -
               copy." (homemade video) Tape sent to Nelson for
               review, regarding a controversial pass
               interference call in the fourth quarter of the
               game, which caused Arkansas to lose the game and
               the Southwest Conference title.  However, there is
               no appeal after a game is completed.

          "Black Athlete: Fact or Fiction" [n.d.] (homemade 
               video)  Narrated by Tom Brokaw, explores research
               on black athletes, this NBC program is incomplete
               (follows several programs on the tape).

8         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)
          NCAA films and video cassettes (cont'd)

     F181 Films (cont'd)

          Business World - ABC TV/Network.  Video Computer Sports
               Technology.  March 4, 1990.  

          "CFA Rules - Interview with Dave Nelson, October 17,
               1984 - Cassettes 1 & 2 - ABC Sports" (homemade
               video)

          Collegiate Commissioners Association.  Four Man
               Mechanics.  Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                               .  1989 Five Man Mechanics. 
               Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                               .  1989 Revised Blocking Rule. 
               Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                               .  1989 Seven Man Mechanics. 
               Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                               .  1989 Six Man Mechanics. 
               Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                               .  The Passing Game.  Dallas: SOA
               Productions, 1989.

                               .  [Untitled]. Tape #2.  Dallas:
               SOA Productions, 1989.

          "Dave Sports Show - Clip of 5th Down," October 6, 1990.
               (homemade video)  CBS Sports - College Football
               Today segment on the the Colorado vs. Missouri
               game 5th down controversy.  Includes a brief
               statement by David Nelson.

          "Dave Philadelphia Talk Show - Discussion of Athletes," 
               [n.d.] (homemade video) "People to People" program
               hosted by Marc Howard, with a panel including
               David Nelson, Billy Cunningham, Scott Palmer,
               Steve Kinney, and Bruce Arians.  The discussion
               focused on paying college athletes.  Incomplete. 

          Finley's Fluorescent Football.  Bac Group, Inc. [n.d.]

          "5 Man Mechanics" (homemade video)

8         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)
          NCAA films and video cassettes (cont'd)

     F181 Films (cont'd)

          National Collegiate Athletic Association.  1991
               Football Rule Changes.  Professional Image Video
               Services.  16:51 min.  Two copies.

                                .  1989 NCAA Rule Revisions. Tape
               #1, Tape #2.  Dotson Lewis at Trinity University. 
               Dallas: SOA Productions, 1989.

                                . Six Man Officiating Techniques. 
               43 min.

          National Collegiate Athletic Association, NFSHSA, and
               Rawlings.  Five Man Officiating Techniques. 
               Preliminary review copy for Nelson.  35 min.

          "1985 CCA-NCAA Football Mechanics."  (homemade video)
               Included in the box is a letter which lists the
               nine programs included on this tape.  

          1990 Seven Man Mechanics.  Dallas: SOA Productions,
               1990.

          "1990 Training Tape" (homemade video)

          "1991 False Starts with Offlines - Dave Nelson Intro."
               (homemade video)

          "Rule Changes 1990 1st Takes" (homemade video)

          Six Man Mechanics Revised for 1990.  Dallas: SOA
               Productions, 1990.

9         Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)

          NCAA Rules Committee Minutes, 1905-1990
          Includes published or mimeographed minutes and
          notebooks of Nelson autograph notes taken during
          meetings (lacking 1966, 1976, 1979, and 1980).

     F182 1905-1926
          Includes lists of Rules Committee members for early
          committees.
     F183 1951-1960
     F184 1961-1964
     F185 1965
     F186 1967
     F187 1968
     F188 1969
     F189 1970
     F190 1971
     F191 1972
     F192 1973
     F193 1974
     F194 1975
     F195 1977
     F196 1978
     F197 1981
     F198 1982
     F199 1983
     F200 1984
     F201 1985
     F202 1986
     F203 1987
     F204 1988
     F205 1989
     F206 1990
     F207 [n.d.]


          NCCA Posters and pamphlets, 1982-1986
     F208 Includes correspondence, proofs for posters, copies of
          the pamphlet "The NCAA and College Football," posters
          illustrating the NCAA Football Code and NCAA equipment
          requirements, and photographs of equipment.  Posters
          have been removed to Box 38 or the Map Case.

10        Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)
          Series V.1.  NCAA Football Rules Committee (cont'd)

          NCAA Publications, 1978-1991
     F209 College Football 1978 Press Kit, 1978
     F210 College Football 1987 Press Kit, 1987
          Includes published copy and pages of text edited by
          Nelson.

          1991 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, 1991
               Manuscript prepared by Nelson.
     F211 Correspondence, 1990-1991
     F212 1990 NCAA Football Rules and Regulations, 1990-1991
          Copy of the manuscript for the 1990 NCAA Football Rules
          and Regulations, which has been used as the basis for
          the 1991 publication.
     F213 1990 NCAA Football Rules and Regulations,1990-1991
          Another copy edited for the 1991 publication.
     F214 1991 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, 1991 Feb
          First set of proofs.
     F215 1991 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, 1991 Feb
          Another set of first proofs.
     F216 1991 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, 1991
          Portions of the proofs with corrections.

     F217 1990 Read-Easy Football Rules, 1990
          Bears a few corrections, may have been used as a draft
          for the 1991 Read-Easy Football Rules. Text by Nelson.

     F218 Official Football Rules 1948, [1948]
          Draft of the publication, prepared by Geiges.

10        Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)

          NCAA Rules Committee Subject File, 1931-1990
          Files of material on a variety of subjects related to
          the NCAA or football.  Arranged alphabetically by
          subject and chronologically within each folder.

     F219 Artificial turf, 1985
     F220 Cleats, 1969
     F221 Colorado-Missouri, fifth down controversy, 1990
     F222 Corner flags, [n.d.]
     F223 Football equipment patents, 1931-1960
     F224 Football exams, 1973-1974
     F225 Football fatalities, [1969]
     F226 Football game timing, 1973
     F227 Football helmet - history, 1969
     F228 Football standards, 1969-1972
     F229 Football statistics, 1969-1974
     F230 Football surveys, 1971-1974
     F231 History of football, 1969-1987
     F232 History of players' numbers, [1984]
     F233 National Federation of High Schools, 1972
     F234 National Federation of High Schools, 1973
     F235 National Football League, 1985
          Includes a video cassette titled "Two Samples of NFL
          Officials Training Tapes - Voice Over: Art McNally,
          Director of Officiating."
     F236 NCAA, NFL, & high school rules differences, 1968-1989
     F237 Passing rules chronology, 1982-1985
          Includes copies of Nelson's paper "NCAA Football Rules
          Committee Chronology of 80 Years of Forward Passing
          Rules 1906-1985," plus an earlier version written in
          1982.
     F238 Product liability, 1973-1979
     F239 Professional relations, 1970-1972

11   F240 Rule changes, [1972-1982]
     F241 Rules research, 1972-1977
     F242 Shoe turf interface, 1972
     F243 Signals, [1988]
     F244 Tartan turf, 1971-1972
     F245 Touch football, [n.d.]
     F246 William and Mary, 1974-1979

11        Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)

          Series V.2.  Collegiate Commissioners Association,
               1968-1991
               Arranged chronologically, includes correspondence,
               films, minutes, clinic manuals, officials' rules
               exams, notes or reports for Nelson's presentations
               at CCA clinics or meetings.  Films co-produced by
               the CCA, with the NCAA (see F178-181 for more
               information) include: Pass Interference (16MM),
               Four Man Mechanics, 1989 Five Man Mechanics, 1989
               Revised Blocking Rule, 1989 Seven Man Mechanics,
               1989 Six Man Mechanics, and The Passing Game; plus
               Nelson's cue cards for the film The CCA Football
               Training Film.

     F247 1968-1972
     F248 1973
     F249 1974
     F250 1975-1976
     F251 1976
     F252 1977
     F253 1978
     F254 1979
     F255 1981
     F256 1984-1986
     F257 1987-1988
     F258 1989
     F259 1990-1991
     F260 [n.d.]

11        Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)

          Series V.3. NCAA Division II Football Committee, 1977-1980
               
     F261 1977
     F262 1978 Jan-Jun
     F263 1978 Jul-Aug
     F264 1978 Sep-Oct
     F265 1978 Nov-Dec
     F266 1979 Jan-Jul
     F267 1979 Aug-Sep
     F268 1979 Oct-Dec
     F269 1980

          Series V.4.  Joint Commission on Competitive Safeguards
               and Medical Aspects of Sports, 1973-1979
               
     F270 1973-1974
     F271 1975-1979

          Series V.5.  NCAA Television Committee, 1978-1981
               
     F272 1978
     F273 1979 Jan-Feb
     F274 1979 Mar-May
12   F275 1979 Jun-Jul
     F276 1979 Aug-Sep
     F277 1979 Oct-Nov
     F278 1979 Dec
     F279 1980 Jan
     F280 1980 Feb
     F281 1980 Mar-May
     F282 1980 Jun-Jul
     F283 1980 Aug-Sep
     F284 1980 Oct-Dec
     F285 198112

        Series V.  National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. (cont'd)

        Series V.6.  Yankee Conference, 1985-1991
               Arranged alphabetically by subject.

     F286 Annual meeting, 1990-1991
     F287 Budget study, 1989-1990
     F288 Constitution and bylaws, 1985-1990
     F289 Correspondence, 1989-1991
     F290 Eligibility, 1990
     F291 Expansion, 1990-1991
     F292 Fax bills, 1991
     F293 Federal Trade Commission subpoena, 1991
     F294 Game participation reports, 1991
     F295 I-AA playoffs, 1990-1991
     F296 Videos, 1990

13        Series VI.  Other Professional Affiliations, 1948-1991
               Arranged alphabetically by topics.

          Series VI.1.  American Association of Higher Education,
               1974

     F1 Correspondence and reports, 1974

          Series VI.2.  American Football Coaches Association,
               1948-1991
               Nelson was a member of this association from 1948-1991, 
               serving on the AFCA's Program Committee
               (1962-1964), as a District Representative (1958-1962), 
               and as a Trustee (1964-1967).

     F2   Convention, 1987
     F3   Correspondence, 1972-1979
     F4   Digest, Constitution, History and Membership, 1966-1981
          Bound volumes removed to Box 33.
     F5   Directories, 1982-1990
          Includes loose issues and one bound volume (removed to
          Box 33).
     F6   Proceedings, 1948-1991
          Includes loose issues and eight bound volumes (removed
          to Box 32).
     F7   Summer manuals, 1949-1991
          Includes five bound volumes (removed to Box 33).

          Series VI.3.  Football Writers Association, 1972-1983
               Nelson was a member of the Football Writers
               Association from 1960-1991.

     F8   Membership list, program, speech, 1972-1983

          Series VI.4.  National Federation of State High School
               Associations, 1973-1981
               Includes correspondence, programs, reports,
               examinations, rules checklists, photograph, and
               other material related to Nelson's speaking
               engagements and interaction with the National
               Federation.

     F9   1973-1975
     F10  1976-1977
     F11  1979-1981


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