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Personal papers of Robert Timmons

Call Number: PP 289


Robert "Bob" Timmons was the head track coach at the University of Kansas (KU), 1965-1988. In 2002, he published the booklet The NCAA: Who Protects Student Athletes? A Proposal for a Student Athletes' Bill of Rights. This collection contains newspaper articles and periodicals regarding this subject, as well as materials regarding sports at Wichita East High School and other Wichita, Kansas area sports organizations. There are also miscellaneous newspaper articles from 2002-2005, compiled by Timmons, as well as a run of the NCAA News from 1988.


  • Creation: 1930 - 2006


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Biography of Robert Timmons

Robert "Bob" Timmons was the head track coach at the University of Kansas (KU), 1965-1988. Timmons graduated from KU with a master's degree in education in 1950, and coached at several Kansas high schools before coming to KU as an assistant coach in 1965. His coaching career at the University of Kansas includes four NCAA championships, as well as numerous indoor, outdoor, and cross-country championships. Timmons retired as head coach in 1988, and returned to coaching high school athletics.

In 2002, Timmons self-published The NCAA: Who Protects Student-Athletes? A Proposal for a Student Athletes' Bill of Rights, which lists 10 student-athlete "rights," ranging from the right to participate to the right to work, with special emphasis on establishing a fair system of punishment for school or team infractions.

In 2005, Timmons donated Rim Rock Farm (of North Lawrence), the home course of the KU cross-country team since 1980, to KU Endowment.


30 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 289

Physical Location

PP 449

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Robert Timmons, 2007

Related Materials

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Guide to the Robert Timmons Collection
Personal papers of Robert Timmons
Finding aid prepared by kmc, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by kmc, 2007
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Personal papers of Robert Timmons, University Archives, PP 289, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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