Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE AS393
Accession Number: 89-061, 96-070
Collection Number: Archives Series 393
Creators: Zorn, Bill (1899-1987)
Title: Bill Zorn Papers.
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.
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.
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.
Personal Names: Zorn, Bill,
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire – Athletics
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire – Faculty
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – History
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.
Extent: 2.15 linear feet (1 archives box and one oversized box)
Eau Claire Resume
Awards and Honors
“Bill Zorn Night” Records
“Mr. Enthusiasm” Personal
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Speech Notes and Misc. Stories
Humor Clippings and Correspondence
Rotary Club Records
Misc. Programs and
Newsletters – Prior to Eau Claire
Waite High School
Newspaper Stories and Team Roster
Diary – lists basketball and football notes, schedules and plays
Right hand fingerprints
Box of sporting event ticket stubs
Diary – includes hunting diary and list of anecdotal events and stories
Portraits of Zorn
N. A. I. A. Award of Merit
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bill Zorn Day framed comic strip
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.
Extent: 2.95 linear feet (3 archives boxes and one oversized box)
1/1, 1/4-1/16, 2/6, 2/15
Student Disciplinary Action and Correspondence
Campus Staff and Faculty Disciplinary Action
Federal Housing Project
Dr. Harry Student Affairs Correspondence
Students for a Democratic Society
Box/Folder 2/11, 2/14
Rehabilitation Foundation Guide for Alcoholism
Campus Safety and Welfare
Wynot Alcoholic Treatment Center
Illegal Drug Information
Student Life Organizations and Events
Organization Commission and Constitutions
Fraternity and Alumni Association Newsletters
Wisconsin State Colleges Public Relations
Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire Foundation
Scholarship and Loan
Trustee Endowment Fund Agreement
“Stuffy” Culver Memorial
National Defense Loan Fund
Scholarship and Loan Fund Report
Athletic Scholarship Committee
Student rally posters
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.
Extent: 4.55 linear feet (7 archives boxes and one oversized box)
Athletic Budget and Expenditures; MAA log of dues
1931, ca. 1949-1967
Wisconsin State College
Athletic Conference – History, Constitution, Game
Intercollegiate Athletics Principles of Conduct
WSUAC Activity Fee Survey
WSUAC Athletic Directors Meeting
Athletic Director Correspondence
WSUAC Football Meetings and Reports
Athletic News Releases
Athletic Injuries – Reports and Expenditures
Minneapolis Laker Game
“Dad’s Night” Planning and
Hall of Fame
Ade Olson Tribute
New Athletic Appointments Correspondence
Professional Baseball Student Paper
Box/Folder 9/1, 9/10
Scores, Plays Rosters and Handbooks
ca. 1955-1956, 1967
Converse Basketball Yearbooks
Novak’s System of Basketball Handbook
Basketball Player Prospects Correspondence
Basketball News Releases
Football Game Records
ca. 1927, 1931-1938
Pre-season Letters to Football Players
Athletic Eligibility Proposal
Carson Park Football Stadium Addition
Locker Room Athletic Poems
Recording of “Mr.
Basketball team photographs
Basketball individual photographs
Basketball action photographs
13/11, 14/1-14/9, 15/5
Spalding’s Official Football Guides
1916-1917, 1919, 1922, 1924, 1926-1927, 19311932, 1934-1938, 1940-
Scrapbook – basketball and football action, individual and team shots, newspaper clippings
Wisconsin State College Athletic Conference Code of Ethics
Football team picture
Two large posters of newspaper clippings and basketball team photo
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).
Extent: 2.55 linear feet (2 archives boxes and one oversized box)
5/3, 5/5, 5/7, 6/1-6/2, 6/46/8, 7/10
5/4, 5/6, 5/8, 6/3, 6/7-6/8
NAIA Annual Meetings and Administrative Reports
NAIA Committee Handbook
NAIA Hockey National
NAIA History, Newsletters and Constitution
NAIB – Correspondence,
Executive Committee Minutes, Budget Reports and Membership
NAIA Hall of Fame Award and three other awards
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.
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 archives box)
“Value of Physical Fitness”
Civilian Pilot Training
Enlisted Reserve Student Records
Enlisted Reserve Student Records
Civilian Pilot Training
Civilian Pilot Training Clothing Records
301st Air Corps Unit
Eau Claire Flying School
Administration - Misc.
Physical Fitness and Recreation Program
Navy Pre-Flight School Physical Fitness Program
Series 6: Newspaper Clippings
Series contains newspaper clippings involving sporting and other university events involving Zorn.
Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)
Undated Newspaper Clippings
Zorn Exhibit Material (Rick Pifer)