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Basketball Coach's records

Call Number: RG 66/13/3


This series, from the Athletics Department record group at the University of Kansas, consists of correspondence and related materials from the basketball coach's office when Forrest C. "Phog" Allen held the position. It also contains records from Allen's position as head of the Department of Physical Education, a position he held concurrently for several years. Topics include but are not limited to basketball conferences and tournaments; coaching schools; committees with which Allen worked; interactions with other offices, colleges, and schools at KU; the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); physical education curriculum; how World War II affected KU; recruitment for KU Athletics; and correspondence with and regarding notable athletes. The records are organized alphabetically by topic or correspondent's family name.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1955


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Biography of Forrest C. Allen

Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen, was born November 18, 1885 in Jamesport, Missouri. Allen matriculated at the University of Kansas in 1905 but only attended for one year because of financial reasons. While still a student at KU he was invited to coach the Baker University basketball team and did so from 1905-1908. He briefly coached the KU basketball team from 1907-1909 and the Haskell Indian Institute basketball team from 1908-1909.

Allen left KU in 1909 to study osteopathic medicine at the Central College of Osteopathy in Kansas City. After graduation in 1912, Phog was hired as physical education director and coach at Missouri State Normal School, now known as Central Missouri State University. He returned to Kansas as the Athletic Director in 1919, also serving as coach of the basketball team, a post that he had held for 37 years until his retirement in 1956.

During his tenure at KU, Allen was influential in raising money to build the Memorial Stadium and Memorial Union after World War I. Basketball became an official Olympic sport in 1936 in part due to his advocacy. In 1952 the KU men's basketball team won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship under Allen's coaching. He coached the basketball team that won the Olympic Gold medal in Helsinki in 1952. Allen also served as the first president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches after helping found the association.

Allen Fieldhouse, built in 1955, was named for him and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. Coach Phog Allen died on September 16, 1974 and was buried in Oakhill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.


21 Linear Feet (21 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

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Physical Location

RG 66/13/3

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized copies of all materials in this records series are available at the "Phog Allen Papers," available at

Related Materials

This series is part of the Atheltic Department records held at the University Archives, located at RG 66. Additional records belonging to Phog Allen's time at the University of Kansas as athletic director can be found at RG 66/11/4.

Digitized photographs of Phog Allen are available at:

Guide to the Phog Allen Papers in the Basketball Coach Records
Basketball Coach's records
Finding aid compiled by bas, 2017. Finding aid encoded by bas, 2017. Revised by mwh, ew, 2019.
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Phog Allen papers in the Basketball Coach's records series, RG 66/13/3, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States