by Joseph Patton, DLIS graduate student
After their legendary 1958 season with the winning of the Lambert Cup, the UB Bulls football program continued to challenge itself and raise its own reputation within the collegiate football community. The Cup win granted the team a certain amount of prestige and Buffalo started to challenge known big contenders during their seasons. The Bulls played schools like Boston College, V.M.I., Temple, Army, Villanova, and Bucknell. Though like any team they had their good and bad seasons, UB was able to hold their own against some tough opponents. The late 50s and early 60s under the coaching of Dick Offenhamer is considered one of the high points in the program by many with some impressive wins and successful seasons.
Along with the team victories, there was greater attention paid to the program by the student body and faculty alike. Some of this increase is visible in the documentation of the era. The 1961 season was not the most successful the Bulls had seen, but you wouldn’t know that from the game programs. Illustrated by Kevin Weil, each program cover was unique for each game. Dressed in his Western attire the UB Bull successfully thrashes his opponents with almost no effort. Of note on the cover of the UB/Temple program is the autograph of famous funny man Bill Cosby who played for Temple in the game. Be sure to look into the pieces as well for some wonderful 60s era photos and advertisements too.
*This post is part of an occasional series written by University Archives graduate assistants. To prepare students for careers in Special Collections, our graduate assistants survey, process, and describe archival collections, digitize items for online use, and provide reference service to patrons. These posts allow our students to share their experience and impressions of working with primary source material in the Archives.