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Guide to the Bill Zorn Papers, 1916-1984

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE AS393

Accession Number: 89-061, 96-070

Collection Number: Archives Series 393

Creators: Zorn, Bill (1899-1987)

Title: Bill Zorn Papers.

Dates: 1916-1984

Quantity: 8.55 linear feet (15 archives boxes, one ½ record carton and one oversize box)

Location of Collection: E3/1f-E3/1h, A4/1c

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Bill Zorn was a dean, athletic director and coach from 1928-1969 at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. The collection includes personal and administrative files.

Biographical / Historical Note

Willis Lawrence “Bill” Zorn was a Dean of Men, athletic director and a celebrated coach of the UW-Eau Claire basketball and football teams. Zorn was born March 30, 1899, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He attended high school in Stevens Point, graduating in 1918. After high school, Zorn attended Stevens Point Normal School and enrolled in the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) during World War I. In 1920, he enrolled at the University of Chicago. On June 30, 1924, he married his high school sweetheart Virginia; they had one son, Bill Jr., and one daughter, Amy Lou.

After graduating from Chicago, Zorn took his first teaching position in 1924 at Hedding College in Abingdon, Illinois and in 1925 he accepted a position as the football coach at Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio. In 1928 he was hired by the Eau Claire State Normal School as a football and basketball coach. Zorn coached Blugold football until 1943 and continued to lead the basketball team for 40 years. Nicknamed “Mr. Enthusiasm,” he was known for his strong character and leadership both on and off the court. Zorn led the team to conference championships in 1938, 1939, 1955 and 1956, as well as the National Intercollegiate Basketball tournament in Kansas City in 1939, 1945, 1946, 1951 and 1956. When he retired as the basketball head coach in 1968, he had compiled a record at Eau Claire of 387-357. During his tenure at Eau Claire, Zorn was also the athletic director and dean of men. His responsibilities included overseeing the athletic program for the university and the supervision of male students, with duties including discipline, providing counsel, housing and other administrative duties. From March 1943 to June 1944, Zorn coordinated the Army Air Force and civilian pilot training program that was held on campus. In addition to his work at Eau Claire, from 1954-55 Zorn served as the president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and in 1958 was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He fully retired from the university in 1969 and passed away in 1987.

Content Description

The series includes biographical information and administrative files from Bill Zorn’s tenure as the Dean of Men, coach, and athletic director at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. The collection is divided into six subseries: Personal Files, University Administration and Student Life, Eau Claire Athletics, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Air Force Training Program, and newspaper clippings.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire by Bill Zorn. Additions donated by Laurie Gapko in April 1996.

Access Restrictions: Box 1 is restricted. The rest of this series is open to the public. Contact Special Collections and Archives for information regarding access (715-836-2739).

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Bill Zorn Papers, 1916-1984. AS 393. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Andrea Stepanik in October 2009.

Arrangement: By series.

Subjects

Personal Names: Zorn, Bill,

Corporate Names:
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire – Athletics
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire – Faculty
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – History

Subject Terms:
College teachers – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
College administrators – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
College sports – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Basketball coaches – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Coaches (Athletics) – Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Personal

Subseries contains Zorn’s personal papers, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, speeches and other miscellaneous records. Also included are several photographs, including a large portrait of Zorn.

Dates: 1922-1984

Extent: 2.15 linear feet (1 archives box and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 11/1

Eau Claire Resume

1942-1969

Box/Folder 11/2

Awards and Honors

1954-1976

Box/Folder 11/3

“Bill Zorn Night” Records

1968-1970

Box/Folder 11/4

“Mr. Enthusiasm” Personal

Records

1967-1968

Box/Folder 11/5

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Clippings and

Correspondence

1949-1962

Box/Folder 11/6

Congratulation Telegrams

1955-1956

Box/Folder 11/7

Speech Notes and Misc. Stories

ca. 1965-1980

Box/Folder 11/8

Humor Clippings and Correspondence

ca. 1930-1975

Box/Folder 11/9

Personal Correspondence

1913-1984

Box/Folder 11/10

Speeches

undated

Box/Folder 11/11

Rotary Club Records

1942

Box/Folder 11/12

Miscellaneous

1937-1957

Box/Folder 11/13

Misc. Programs and

Newsletters – Prior to Eau Claire

1922-1926

Box/Folder 11/14

Waite High School

Newspaper Stories and Team Roster

1925-1928

Box/Folder 16

Diary – lists basketball and football notes, schedules and plays

ca. 1923-1929

Box/Folder 16

Right hand fingerprints

7/24/1946

Box/Folder 16

Box of sporting event ticket stubs

ca. 1930’s

Box/Folder 16

Diary – includes hunting diary and list of anecdotal events and stories

ca. 1936-1972

Box/Folder 16

Portraits of Zorn

undated

Box/Folder

N. A. I. A. Award of Merit

1954-1955

Box/Folder 16

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

certificate

1960

Box/Folder 16

Bill Zorn Day framed comic strip

undated

Series 2: University Administration and Student Life

Subseries contains records of Zorn’s tenure as the Dean of Men. The majority of the records document disciplinary action, housing, student life and organizations, Zorn’s membership of the Administration Committee and scholarship and loan materials. Materials in Box 1 are restricted.

Dates: 1935-1977

Extent: 2.95 linear feet (3 archives boxes and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder

1/1, 1/4-1/16, 2/6, 2/15

Student Disciplinary Action and Correspondence

1944-1947, 1952-1969

Box/Folder 1/2-1/3

Campus Staff and Faculty Disciplinary Action

1946-1952

Box/Folder 2/1

Federal Housing Project

1946-1953

Box/Folder 2/2

Housing Correspondence

ca. 1946-1967

Box/Folder 2/3

Dr. Harry Student Affairs Correspondence

1964

Box/Folder 2/4

Housing Regulations

1965-1969

Box/Folder 2/5

Dorm Newsletters

1968

Box/Folder 2/7

Parking Problem

1953

Box/Folder 2/8

Miscellaneous Publications

ca. 1965-1968

Box/Folder 2/9

Students for a Democratic Society

ca. 1967-1969

Box/Folder 2/10

Frosh Forum

1968-1969

Box/Folder 2/11, 2/14

Discipline Guidelines

1968-1969

Box/Folder 2/12

Rehabilitation Foundation Guide for Alcoholism

1967

Box/Folder 2/13

Campus Safety and Welfare

1967-1969

Box/Folder 2/16

Wynot Alcoholic Treatment Center

undated

Box/Folder 2/17

Illegal Drug Information

1968

Box/Folder 3/1

Student Life Organizations and Events

1961-1969

Box/Folder 3/2

Cheerleading

1966-1967

Box/Folder 3/3

Organization Commission and Constitutions

ca. 1967-1969

Box/Folder 3/4

Correspondence

1968-1969

Box/Folder 3/5

Selective Service

1968-1969

Box/Folder 3/6

Veteran Supplies

1968

Box/Folder 3/7

Fraternity and Alumni Association Newsletters

1976-1977

Box/Folder 3/8

Faculty Committee

1955-1956

Box/Folder 3/9

Wisconsin State Colleges Public Relations

1956

Box/Folder 3/10

Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire Foundation

ca. 1959-1963

Box/Folder 3/11

Presidents Council

1968

Box/Folder 3/12-3/13

Scholarship and Loan

Materials and

Correspondence

1938-1960

Box/Folder 3/14

Trustee Endowment Fund Agreement

1945-1956

Box/Folder 3/15

“Stuffy” Culver Memorial

Fund

1956

Box/Folder 3/16

National Defense Loan Fund

1959-1960

Box/Folder 3/17

Scholarship and Loan Fund Report

1960

Box/Folder 3/18

Athletic Scholarship Committee

1962-1965

Box/Folder 16/1

Student rally posters

undated

Series 3: Eau Claire Athletics

Subseries contains records of Zorn’s athletic activities at Eau Claire. The majority of the documents focus on basketball records, including team rosters, plays, photographs, event programs, and statistics. Also, the series contains information on the athletics budget, the Wisconsin State College Athletic Conference, athletic awards, and football records. A wide variety of photographs are found throughout the subseries, including team, individual and action shots for basketball and football. In addition, there is a cassette tape recording of the 1977 Homecoming presentation including the “Mr. Enthusiasm” cheer.

Dates: 1916-1982

Extent: 4.55 linear feet (7 archives boxes and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 7/1-7/4

Athletic Budget and Expenditures; MAA log of dues

1931, ca. 1949-1967

Box/Folder 7/5

Travel Vouchers

1963-1969

Box/Folder 7/6

Concession Expenses

ca. 1952-1965

Box/Folder 7/7

Wisconsin State College

Athletic Conference – History, Constitution, Game

Schedules, Meeting

Minutes and

Correspondence

ca. 1924-1953

Box/Folder 7/8

Intercollegiate Athletics Principles of Conduct

1951-1954

Box/Folder 7/9

WSUAC Activity Fee Survey

1957

Box/Folder 7/10-7/11

NAIA/WSUAC Meetings,

Reports and

Correspondence

1960-1967

Box/Folder 8/1

WSUAC Athletic Directors Meeting

1966

Box/Folder 8/2

Athletic Director Correspondence

1966-1968

Box/Folder 8/3

WSUAC Football Meetings and Reports

1967

Box/Folder 8/4

Athletic News Releases

1967

Box/Folder 8/5

Athletic Injuries – Reports and Expenditures

ca. 1953-1969

Box/Folder
8/6

Minneapolis Laker Game

1955

Box/Folder 8/7

“Dad’s Night” Planning and

Letters

1953-1965

Box/Folder 8/8

Boosters Correspondence

1957-1964

Box/Folder 8/9

Letterman’s Club

1952-1967

Box/Folder 8/10

Hall of Fame

ca. 1970-1982

Box/Folder 8/11

Ade Olson Tribute

1969

Box/Folder 8/12

New Athletic Appointments Correspondence

1957, 1967-1968

Box/Folder 8/13

Organization of

Professional Baseball Student Paper

1970

Box/Folder 8/14

Basketball Prospectuses

1951-1966

Box/Folder 9/1, 9/10

Miscellaneous Basketball

Scores, Plays Rosters and Handbooks

ca. 1955-1956, 1967

Box/Folder 9/2

Converse Basketball Yearbooks

1956-1958

Box/Folder 9/3

Basketball Awards

ca. 1956-1968

Box/Folder 9/4-9/5

Basketball Plays

ca. 1956-1966

Box/Folder 9/6

Novak’s System of Basketball Handbook

1950

Box/Folder 9/7

Basketball Correspondence

1955-1968

Box/Folder 9/8

Basketball Statistics

1962-1965

Box/Folder 9/9

Basketball Player Prospects Correspondence

1965-1967

Box/Folder 9/11

Basketball News Releases

1965-1967

Box/Folder 9/12

Football Game Records

1916-1965

Box/Folder

9/13, 10/1-10/4

Football Plays

ca. 1927, 1931-1938

Box/Folder 10/5

Pre-season Letters to Football Players

1937-1940

Box/Folder 10/6

Football Awards

1948-1966

Box/Folder
10/7

Football Prospectuses

1957-1965

Box/Folder 10/8

Football Schedules

1958-1967

Box/Folder 10/9

Football Officials

1959-1967

Box/Folder 10/10

Football Correspondence

1959-1967

Box/Folder 10/11

Athletic Eligibility Proposal

ca. 1962-1967

Box/Folder 10/12

Carson Park Football Stadium Addition

1967

Box/Folder 10/13

Locker Room Athletic Poems

ca. 1942

Box/Folder 12/7

Recording of “Mr.

Enthusiasm” cheer

1977

Box/Folder

13/1-13/2, 13/4

Football Photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/3

Photograph negatives

ca. 1946-1947

Box/Folder 13/5

Track photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/6

Miscellaneous photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/7

Homecoming photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/8

Basketball team photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/9

Basketball individual photographs

undated

Box/Folder 13/10

Basketball action photographs

undated

Box/Folder

13/11, 14/1-14/9, 15/5

Spalding’s Official Football Guides

1916-1917, 1919, 1922, 1924, 1926-1927, 19311932, 1934-1938, 1940-

1941, 1945

Box/Folder 15/1

Football Programs

ca. 1933-1966

Box/Folder 15/2-15/4

Basketball Programs

ca. 1939-1972

Box/Folder 16/1

Scrapbook – basketball and football action, individual and team shots, newspaper clippings

undated

Box/Folder 16/1

Wisconsin State College Athletic Conference Code of Ethics

undated

Box/Folder 16/1

Football team picture

undated

Box/Folder 16/1

Two large posters of newspaper clippings and basketball team photo

undated

Series 4: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Subseries contains Zorn’s personal records, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, speeches and other miscellaneous records. Also included are records of Zorn’s involvement with the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB).

Dates: 1944-1977

Extent: 2.55 linear feet (2 archives boxes and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 5/2

NAIB Meetings

1946-1949

Box/Folder

5/3, 5/5, 5/7, 6/1-6/2, 6/46/8, 7/10

NAIA/NAIB

Correspondence

1949-1962, 1965-1969

Box/Folder

5/4, 5/6, 5/8, 6/3, 6/7-6/8

NAIA Annual Meetings and Administrative Reports

1952-1960, 1965-1969

Box/Folder 6/5

NAIA Committee Handbook

ca. 1958-1959

Box/Folder 6/9

NAIA Hockey National

Tournaments and

Correspondence

1969-1970

Box/Folder 6/10

NAIA Miscellaneous

1970-1977

Box/Folder 6/11

NAIA History, Newsletters and Constitution

ca. 1944-1976

Box/Folder 6/12-6/13

NAIB – Correspondence,

Executive Committee Minutes, Budget Reports and Membership

1945-1954

Box/Folder 16/1

NAIA Hall of Fame Award and three other awards

1956-1964

Series 5: Air Force Training Program

Series contains records of the military training program that was housed on the Eau Claire campus from 1943-44. It includes enlistment forms and applications, correspondence, fitness guides and statistics, government property inventory and other records. A few photographs are also found in the subseries of recruits participating in the program.

Dates: 1941-1944

Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 archives box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 4/1

“Value of Physical Fitness”

Speech

1942

Box/Folder 4/2

Civilian Pilot Training

Applications and

Correspondence

1942

Box/Folder 4/3

Enlisted Reserve Student Records

1942-1943

Box/Folder 4/4

Enlisted Reserve Student Records

1942-1943

Box/Folder 4/5

Civilian Pilot Training

Agreements/Press Releases

1942-1943

Box/Folder 4/6

Civilian Pilot Training Clothing Records

1942-1943

Box/Folder 4/7

301st Air Corps Unit

1944

Box/Folder 4/8

Eau Claire Flying School

1942-1943

Box/Folder 4/9

Civil Aeronautics

Administration - Misc.

1941-1943

Box/Folder 4/10

Physical Fitness and Recreation Program

undated [1943]

Box/Folder 4/11

Government Property

1944-1945

Box/Folder 5/1

Navy Pre-Flight School Physical Fitness Program

1942

Series 6: Newspaper Clippings

Series contains newspaper clippings involving sporting and other university events involving Zorn.

Dates: 1929-1964

Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 12/1

Undated Newspaper Clippings

undated

Box/Folder 12/2-12-6

Newspaper Clippings

ca. 1929-1964

Box 12

Zorn Exhibit Material (Rick Pifer)

1987

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