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Athletic Director's records

Call Number: RG 66/11/4


This series, from the Athletics Department record group at the University of Kansas, consists of correspondence and related materials from when Forrest C. Allen (better known as Phog Allen) was Athletic Director at the university. The records are organized alphabetically by topic or correspondent's family name. Topics include but are not limited to specific sports; equipment; stadium construction; administrative duties; and associations and clubs in which KU teams competed.


  • 1919-1943 (bulk 1920s-1930s)


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 Phog 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 when he retired 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.


10 Linear Feet (11 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Physical Location

RG 66/11/4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfers, Athletics Department.

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 basketball coach can be found at RG 66/11/3.

Guide to the Phog Allen Papers in the Athletic Department Records
Athletic Director's records
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Preferred citation
Athletic Director's records, RG 66/11/4, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States