Football Fun Friday! The lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football.

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football 1989 Media Guide 

This week in the lighter side of 100 years of BearKat football we have a BearKat who really enjoyed the game. The cover of the SHSU Media Guide of 1989 shows All-American Bearkat, “Sackmaster,” Andre Finley, looking ready for another great season of BearKat football.

The defensive end from Houston, played 1986-1989, was a senior majoring in criminal justice and the 1989 BearKat team captain. He was also a member of the 1986 Gulf Star Conference championship team.

In the 1988 season he earned first team All-American and All-Southland Conference. He had 59 total tackles, dropped enemy quarterbacks 15 times which was a new SHSU season record and the list goes on……

In 2003 he was inducted into the Sam Houston State University Athletic Hall of Honor.

To learn more or see other BearKat football media guides or game programs come visit the University Archives in Room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

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Touchdown Sam Houston!

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Sam Houston battles it out with the Rice Owls in this game from 1993. It was a close one but Sam Houston came up short with a 13-14 loss. Sam Houston and Rice faced off numerous times in the 1920s , but this game marked only the second time the teams had met since 1948. Sam Houston has not faced off with Rice since. Rice leads the series with a whopping 16-1 record against Sam Houston State.

This clip was taken from footage donated by SHSU Athletics to University Archives.

If you would like to own a personal copy of this game, it, along with numerous other games, can be purchased at this website:
GoBearkats.com Multimedia Store

Axmen Invade BearKatland!

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Houstonian 1928 Lumberjacks

This headline from The Houstonian, November 28, 1928, announces the arrival of our rivals the Stephen F. Austin Lumbarjacks. The BearKats beat the Axmen 19-2 in what was described in the next issue of The Houstonian as the most brilliant game of the season.

To see the entire issue of this, Houstonian, come visit the SHSU University Archives in room 400 of the Newton Gresham Library.

BearKat Football Fun from 1951

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In honor of the first BearKat football game of 2014 a little cartoon fun from 1951. The BearKats took on the Howard Payne Yellow jackets and won 27-19. This material can be seen in the University Archives.

The SHSU Athletics Display

The display.

The display.

During my last weeks as the Archives and Special Collections intern, I spent time designing and putting together a physical display that is located on the second floor of Newton Gresham Library. The physical display is called “SHSU Athletics: A Winning Tradition” and features prints from the Sports Slides Collection, as well as some older photographs, SHSU Alcaldes from the 1920s, 40s, 60s, and 90s, and a selection of sports history books from the main library collection that are available for check-out.

With this display I intended to showcase just a few of the many achievements accomplished by SHSU student athletes, as well as showing how far back most of our sports programs go and the many changes that have taken place over the decades. I also wished to highlight the diversity in our athletics department, showing as many different sports as I could with the space and materials that were available to me, as well as the many different athletes from diverse backgrounds that have played for Sam over the years. I also pointed out challenges that athletes faced at Sam, including participating in college sports during wartime in the 1940s, and the new opportunities that Title IX introduced for female athletes in the 1970s.

I really enjoyed putting this display together and seeing the results, and I hope you do too! I also feel I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and experience over the summer while working in the Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Resources departments. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this experience, and I hope that others also get some use and enjoyment from the results.

Creating Sports @ Sam, Building a physical display, and wrapping up as the Archives/Special Collections Intern

All of the Sports slides have now been digitized, and some of them are already appearing on the Sports @ Sam tumblr (shsusportscoll.tumblr.com), which will continue to update twice a week with more photos. While creating Sports @ Sam, I learned a lot about the different ways that institutions can use social media outlets such as tumblr, facebook, and twitter to connect with other institutions, patrons, and the community. Making collection-specific social media sites, such as the Sports @ Sam tumblr page, can create interest and promote the institution (both the Archives and the University) while also providing examples of what students or researchers can find in the special collections and University archives, so that the next time a student has an assignment or a researcher/faculty is considering a new topic, they might be reminded to come by the Thomason Room or the Archives department and see what is available.

Moving forward for my final week here as the Special Collections and University Archives Intern, I have been preparing a physical display which will also draw heavily from the Sports slides collection, much like the Sports @ Sam tumblr. The display will showcase SHSU Sports history, using prints from the Sports color slides and also incorporating some older photos, dating back to the 1910s. The bulk of the preparation went into creating a poster for the display and writing captions for all of the prints. Next week I’ll provide photos of the display and provide more details about all of the different elements as they come together.

As my summer internship draws to a close I have been thinking about all of the skills I’ve acquired and all I’ve learned through the experience of processing and displaying this collection, and I feel that I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge about the different departments (Special Collections/Thomason Room, Archives, and Digital Resources) which work together to preserve and provide access to all of the rare and unusual documents and items that we have here at Sam. I feel that the experience I’ve had here will be very valuable for me in the future, and I also hope that the work I’ve done will be useful to others as well.

 

 

Digitizing SHSU Sports History in the Digital Resources Lab

 

Scanning Sports Slides

After researching the history of the different athletic teams and events pictured in these slides in the Thomason Room and the University Archives, I’ve moved on to the Digital Resources Lab to digitize the slides. The first step to digitizing involves scanning the slides, followed by editing them in Photoshop and then saving them in a properly labeled and organized file system within the special collections drive.

Editing a scanned slide.

Once all 400 or so slides are scanned, edited, and filed away my next task will involve designing a social media-based online display for them, where they will be made viewable by the public. The online display will serve the dual purposes of showcasing the photos and informing viewers about the history of various sports at Sam while also helping to promote the University Archives and the Thomason Room.

In addition to the online display, I will also create a physical display including a few of my favorite sport photos, as well as some selected books, in the Newton Gresham Library. After that display is completed I will take pictures and post them here as well.

Scanning the slides has been interesting, since it is the first time I’ve been able to view the photos up close. Sometimes this means I can see that I got something wrong the first time around, like when I found that quite a few of the slides I thought were baseball photos were actually softball photos. The digitization process has afforded me the ability to go back through the collection a second time for a closer look and allowed me to fix mistakes like that. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience using Photoshop to help clean up the slides, which are often a little scratched and dusty.

I’ve gained a lot of experience through processing this collection over the past month or so, and soon I’ll be ready to put what I’ve learned on display for others to see. I look forward to displaying these photos for others to view.