With a lot of talk yesterday about media guides, I thought I would point out something pretty cool that not many people know about. Over the last couple of years, the Athletic Communications Office has been working with the UW Digital Collections folks in getting all of our old media guides into a digital, searchable format.
Well that process is now finished and anyone with access to the internet can “thumb” through the football media guides back to 1971 and including a couple earlier editions. The evolution of the guide is interesting to trace. In 1971, the “Football Facts” was a 56-page paperback largely devoid of any action photos. By 1999, following a Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship season and heading into Ron Dayne’s senior year, the book had grown to 320 pages and was full of pictures, including campus scenes, stadium atmosphere shots and numerous action photos of current and former Badgers.
The collection is a tremendous resource for Badger football fans with a little time on their hands and a thirst for historical knowledge. My boss, Justin Doherty, told me he has used these extensively during his research for a new book he is doing on Dayne and the day he broke the NCAA career rushing record (due out in October).
And lest anyone think that these records will be lost with the elimination of the printed guide, everything (and in some cases, in more detail) is still in the “Wisconsin Football Factbook” we have been compiling for a number of years.
Also included in the Athletic Department Collection are men’s basketball media guides starting from 1949 and men’s hockey guides starting in the late ‘60s.
The University of Wisconsin Digital Collection as a whole contains numerous documents including yearbooks, Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, a photo archive and much more.