Cradle of Coaches Archive: Bob Kurz Collection Edit


MSS Coll Cradle Kurz
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  • 1945 – 2007 (Creation)


  • 0.42 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 1 Boxes (Whole)



  • Preferred Citation

    Researchers are requested to use the following citation in all footnote and bibliographic references:

    Bob Kurz Collection, Cradle of Coaches Archive, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries, Oxford, OH

  • Biographical / Historical

    Bob Kurz is a Miami University Alumnus, editor, writer, and contributor to the rich history of sports at Miami University. Kurz began his career at Miami University as a freshman in 1954, and joined the Miami Student as a sports writer that same year. Kurz quickly became connected with the sports community at Miami after seeing his first Miami football game at Miami Field under coach Ara Parseghian.

    After his graduation in 1958, Kurz was hired by Miami University as the Sports Information Director, where he stayed for seven years. During this time, he was also a part-time editor for Beta Theta Pi, a position held by Kurz for many years to come.

    In 1965, Kurz announced his resignation from Miami University, in order to pursue a career at the Dallas Times-Herald. Upon his departure, Kurz was regarded as “widely known and highly respected,” among his colleagues and associates at Miami University.

    In 1983, Kurz’s book Miami of Ohio, The Cradle of Coaches, was published. The book was the first of its kind (coining the phrase “Cradle of Coaches”) and put into perspective the rich coaching history at Miami University. The book highlights the stunning history of football at Miami from its beginnings through 2002.

    In 1992, Kurz was inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association, which was established to further recognize the contributions of a select few Miamians to the awe-inspiring history of sports at Miami.

    In 2004, Kurz and his wife, Marian, provided funding for the construction of the Cradle of Coaches Plaza, or the grand entrance to Yager Stadium. Comprised of life sized statues and boastful architecture, the plaza pays homage to the great coaching legends of Miami’s past.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Bob Kurz Collection forms a portion of the Cradle of Coaches Archive and includes manuscripts, news clippings, publications, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the Cradle of Coaches.

    This collection is from the personal files of Bob Kurz, Miami University alumnus (’58), former sports information director at Miami University (1958-1965); Cradle of Coaches member; author of Miami of Ohio: The Cradle of Coaches; and originator of the nickname, “Cradle of Coaches.”

    Items in this collection include: Correspondence regarding Kurz’s resignation from Miami University; Miscellaneous news clippings about the Cradle of Coaches; Correspondence between Kurz and other Cradle members; Manuscripts pertaining to the publication of Kurz’s book; Collection of Weeb Ewbank memorabilia; Other Miami publications; Autographed books; and Miscellaneous photographs.

    Of special note are original letters from Paul Dietzel, John Pont, and Earl Blaik; correspondence from numerous publication houses on the occasion of Kurz’s resignation from Miami University; and a small collection of photographs of Weeb Ewbank with memorabilia from his days at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. Also included are two books inscribed to Bob Kurz by Weeb Ewbank, one book inscribed to Bob Kurz by Paul Brown, plus one signed copy of Miami of Ohio: Cradle of Coaches by Bob Kurz.

  • Arrangement

    Series I: Resignation from Miami University

    Subseries I: News Articles

    Subseries II: Correspondence Series II: News Articles, Publications, and Vitas

    Subseries I: News Articles

    Subseries II: Publications

    Subseries III: Vitas Series III: Correspondence

    Series IV: Weeb Ewbank Memorabilia

    Subseries I: Great Lakes Naval Academy

    Subseries II: Weeb Ewbank Publications Series V: Miami of Ohio: The Cradle of Coaches Book

    Series VI: Photographs

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is under the rules and regulations of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries. The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries, owns the property rights to this collection. Learn more about our policy here:

  • Language of Materials

    Materials are in English.

  • Custodial History

    Items in this collection were donated to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives by Bob Kurz.

  • Accruals

    No further additions are expected.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processing completed in 2008 by Kimberly Shann. Finding Aid revised 2019-09-12 by Tiffany Dogan and Cody Sprunger.

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