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Guide to the Dean S. Wright Collection, 1957 - 1965, 1995

Abstract

Dean Wright played football for the Duke University Blue Devils from 1958 to 1961. During this time, the Duke football team earned two consecutive ACC Championships (1960 and 1961) and won the Cotton Bowl (1961). Dean Wright received many honors as an outstanding player, including the Team MVP Award and invitations to play in the honorary North-South Game (1961) and in the All-America Game (1962). The Dean S. Wright Collection consists of clippings, correspondence, awards, memorabilia, photographs, game programs, and a textbook, which document Dean Wright's student life and football career, Head Football Coach Bill Murray, and the Duke University football team from 1958 to 1962.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dean S. Wright collection, 1957 - 1965, 1995
Creator
Wright, Dean Scanlan, 1941-2002.
Extent
0.25 Linear Feet , 100 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Dean S. Wright Collection features awards, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, game programs, and a textbook, but the bulk of the collection is made up of clippings. These clippings consist of newspaper and magazine articles collected by Dean Wright, his family, and friends from a variety of sources. These include local papers, such as the Duke Chronicle, the Durham Morning Herald, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Charlotte Times, as well as regional and national press, such as the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Dallas Morning News, and the Buffalo Evening News. These clippings and other materials document Dean Wright's student life and football career, Head Football Coach Bill Murray, and the Duke University football team from 1958 to 1962.

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Contents of the Collection

Awards, 1960-1961 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence, Dec. 1957- Sept. 1962

Includes Wright's student housing assignment, welcome letters from Duke Football players and coaches, and an invitation to the North-South Game.

Box 1
Memorabilia, 1958-1961

Includes game tickets, Duke University fee statement and course card.

Box 1
Photographs, ca. 1958-1962

Includes 8 photos of Dean Wright playing football and receiving awards.

Box 1

Programs include invitational "All-Star" games played or attended by Dean Wright, but not by the Duke football team. Duke Football programs for regular home, away, and tournament games, can be found in the Dept. of Athletics Records.

North-South College All-Star Football Game, Dec. 25, 1961

Includes North-South game ticket and game patch.

Box 1
All-America Game, June 29, 1962
Box 1
North-South College All-Star Football Game, Dec. 25, 1965
Box 1
Textbook: A Guide to Sea Power, Dept. of Naval Science, Duke University, 1960

Textbook published as an instructional aid for the use of midshipmen in the Depts. of Naval Science at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

Box 1

These clippings consist of newspaper and magazine articles collected from local, regional, and national sources, which document Dean Wright's student life and football career and the Duke University football team from 1958 to 1962.

Technical Services staff created preservation copies of all newspaper clippings for the collection. Original clippings were returned to the Wright family in 2004.

1958-1959
Box 1
1960
Box 1
1961
Box 1
1962, 1995 and undated
Box 1

Historical Note

Dean Scanlan Wright was born in Brownsville, Texas on February 14, 1941, and grew up in Coral Gables, Florida. He attended Duke University and earned a psychology degree in 1962. While at Duke, Wright played football for the Blue Devils from 1958 to 1961, as halfback. During this time, the Duke football team earned two consecutive ACC Championships (1960 and 1961) and won the Cotton Bowl (1961). Dean Wright received many honors as an outstanding player, including the Team MVP Award and invitations to play in the honorary North-South Game (1961) and in the All-America Game (1962).

After college, Wright was drafted into the National Football League to play for the Houston Oilers, but he injured his knee after one season and returned to Florida. Wright then became a pilot, flying for a number of airlines during his career. Dean Wright died on March 31, 2002 in Coral Gables, Florida. He was survived by his wife, Vivian Wright.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Dept. of Athletics Records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Office of Sports Information Subject Files. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dean S. Wright Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dean S. Wright Collection was received by Duke University as a gift from Vivian Wright in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte, completed March 2004. Technical Services staff created preservation copies of all newspaper clippings for the collection. Original clippings and duplicate materials were returned to the Wright family in 2004.

Encoded by Jill Katte, March 2004

Updated by Jill Katte, April 2004

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