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WKU Hilltopper Heritage - Athletics

WKU Hilltopper Heritage is a set of links to sources regarding the history of the university including biographies of faculty, staff and alumni, photographs and departmental histories. Some of the sites are maintained by other departments on campus and may not provide a link back to this site. In that event, use the BACK button on your browser, if you wish to return to this site.

For more information regarding the history of Western Kentucky University please contact the WKU Archives.

Administration Faculty & Staff
Alumni Photographs
Athletics Special Events
Buildings & Grounds Student Organizations
Collection Inventories WKU Traditions & Memories


Allied Organizations

Hilltopper Athletic Foundation - collection inventory
Sports Hall of Fame - collection inventory
W Club - collection inventory

Meeting Agenda, Oct. 2010 - full-text searchable
Meeting Minutes, Sept. 2010 - full-text searchable


Chris Marcus - vertical files available upon request

Edgar Stansbury - collection inventory
Edith Pearson  
William McCrocklin aka Red
Jim McDaniels  
Jimmy Feix  
John Oldham
Student Athlete Biographical File - collection inventory
William "Gander" Terry

Assistant Coach Terry

Athletic Committee - collection inventory
Athletic Director - collection inventory

Athletic Notes Newsletter - full-text searchable

Athletic Staff Notes, 1986
Athletic Notes, 1987
Athletic Notes, 1988
Athletic Notes, 1989
Athletic Notes, 1990
Athletic Notes, 1991 

NCAA Reports - digitized

2004, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08

Athletic Media Relations

Basketball Programs - selected, search by year

 1945, 1957, 1960-1963, 1965-1969

Clipping File - collection inventory
Film / Video / Audio
 - collection inventory
Football Programs - selected, search by year

1927, 1929-1937, 1947-1973

Media Guides - collection inventory

Baseball1968-1978; 1980-1983 digitized
Basketball, 1979-80 digitized
Football Media Guides, 1955-1968; 1983-1985 digitized

Photographs - collection inventory
Photographs - digitized
Posters - collection inventory
Student Athlete Biographcial File - collection inventory

Athletic Marketing - collection inventory
Athletics - A Century of


Collection Inventory

Basketball, Mens - Collection Inventory

A Towel Comes Out of the Air
Basketball Programs - selected, search by year

1945, 1957, 1960-1963, 1965-1969

Diddle Arena - bibliography
Diddle Dorm - bibliography 
Eastern Trip See Toppers Losing Three, 1952
Helm Library - bibliography
Press Conference re: WKU vs EKU, 1979 - index
Red Barn - bibliography 

Tops Beat Cats - integration
Wes Strader's Sportsline - collection inventory
WKU vs University of Michigan

Basketball, Womens - collection inventory

In the Huddle - digitized
Marti Whitmore Interview - index
Vertical Files - available upon request 


Diddle Arena - bibliography
Diddle Dorm - bibliography
Helm Library - bibliography
Houchens Industries / L.T. Smith Stadium - bibliography
Red Barn - bibliography
Stadium & Colonnade - bibliography 


E.A. Diddle

Oral History Interview, 1959 - index
Oral History Interview by Bob Cochran, nd - index
- collection inventory

Photographs - digitized
Red Towel

A Towel Comes Out of the Air

Speech, nd - index
Speeches & Interviews - collection inventory
Vertical Files - 1915-2006 available upon request

Edgar Stansbury 
Jimmy Feix
John Oldham
William "Gander" Terry

Assistant Coach Terry

Football - collection inventory

First Homecoming Game 1927
Football Programs
- digitized, search by year

1927, 1929-1937, 1947-1973

Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium - bibliography
Ogden College First Homecoming
Refrigerator Bowl 

Newsletters - 1997, 1999, 2001-2002 digitized  

Stadium & Colonnade  
Vertical Files - available upon request

1914-1938; 1940-1953; 1955-1972
Homecoming 1924-1980 - digitized
Homecoming 1981-2007 - digitized
Tangerine Bowl - digitized

Videos - Collection Inventory

Golf - collection inventory - private site by Bruce Davis
Logos & Marks

School Colors

Mascots - bibliography

Big Red 
Chester Travelstead 
Collection Inventory 
Hilltopper - bibliography
Topper - bibliography

Media Guides - collection inventory

Baseball - 1968-1978; 1980-1983 digitized
Basketball, Men's
, 1979-80 - digitized

Football, 1983-1985 - digitized


Letter Sweaters
Red Towel

A Towel Comes Out of the Air


Athletic Media Relations - Film / Video / Audio - collection inventory
E.A. Diddle Oral History, 1959 - audio - index
E.A. Diddle Oral History by Bob Cochran - audio - index
E.A. Diddle Speech, nd - audio - index
E.A. Diddle Speeches & Interviews - audio - collection inventory
Football Videos - vhs, dvd - collection inventory
Hilltoppers on Campus
- audio - collection inventory

Marti Whitmore Interview - audio - index
Press Conference - WKU vs EKU, 1979 - audio - index
Wes Strader's Sportsline - audio - collection inventory


Athletic Media Relations Photos - collection inventory
Athletic Media Relations Photos - digitized
Athletics Photos - collection inventory
Baseball Photos - digitized
Basketball, Mens Photos - digitized
Basketball, Women's Photos - digitized
Cheerleaders Photos - digitized
E.A. Diddle Photo Collection - collection inventory
E.A. Diddle Photo Collection - digitized
Fans Photos - digitized
Football Photos - digitized
Intramural Sports Photos - digitized
Swimming & Diving Photos - digitized
Tennis Photos - digitized
Track & Field Photos - digitized

Soccer - collection inventory
Softball - collection inventory 

Men's - collection inventory
Women's - collection inventory 

Tennis - collection inventory 
Track & Cross Country - bibliography 

Men's - collection inventory
Women's - collection inventory

Trophies - list of trophies in WKU Archives
Volleyball - collection inventory
WKU Timeline

A college is not its campus, its walks, its buildings. A college is an ideal, a spirit, a long tradition, a zeal for more life and more knowledge. It is more than its president, more than its board of control, more than its faculty and students of a single year. A college represents the friendships and the achievements of all the known and unknown people who have made it possible, who have given it a distinct stamp, who have extended it material and moral support, who have interpreted its spirit into useful lives.

~Henry Cherry

Diddle in Diddle

WKU Softball Team with Gary Ransdell

Jim McDaniels

Nick Rose

Big Red


Jimmy Feix

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