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Veryl A. Switzer Papers

Call Number: RH MS P879


The Veryl A. Switzer Papers are those of a native Kansan who played football at Kansas State University before playing professional football for five years and serving in the Air Force. He returned to Kansas State University as an administrator and was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.


  • Creation: 1982 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Veryl A. Switzer

Veryl A. Switzer was born in 1932 in Nicodemus, Kansas. He graduated from Bogue High School in 1950 and then proceeded to Kansas State University, graduating in 1954. While there he played football, earning a number of honors, including being named to the All Big Seven football team and being an All American for several years. After graduation, Switzer was a first round National Football League draft pick; he played for five years before being sidelined by a knee injury. After playing professionally and serving the U.S. Air Force for two and a half years, Switzer worked for the Chicago Public School System for ten years before returning to Kansas State University in 1969. From 1973 to 1988, Switzer was Associate Dean and Assistant Vice-President for university minority affairs. In 1982 he received a Presidential Award for Distinguished Services to Minority Education at KSU. After his "semi-retirement" in 1988, Switzer became Associate Athletic Director for Academics. For his athletics, he was a charter member of the KSU Sports Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Switzer was also active in the community. He was elected to the Manhattan USD 383 School Board and served from 1970-1978; he has also served on the state Board of Directors of the Kansas Children's Service League. He is also still an active member of the Nicodemus, Kansas community.


2 folders (1 folder (22 x 37 cm.) + 1 oversize folder (59 x 90 cm.))

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Veryl A. Switzer Papers date from 1982 to 1987 and consist of biographical materials, information on KSU African American athletes, and a newspaper clipping. The newspaper clipping is oversized and located at RH MS R267.

Physical Location

RH MS P879

Physical Location

RH MS R267

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Veryl A. Switzer, 1987.



Guide to the Veryl A. Switzer Collection
Veryl A. Switzer Papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Veryl A. Switzer Collection, RH MS P879, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

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