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Guide to the Men's Basketball Poster Collection, 1959-2013

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Summary

Basketball team posters are usually produced at the start of a new basketball season, depicting the season's team player lineup and sometimes the game schedule. The Men's Basketball Poster Collection is comprised of posters featuring the Duke Blue Devils Men's Basketball Team.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.01.15.0015
Title
Men's Basketball poster collection
Date
1959-2013
Extent
5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Men's Basketball Poster Collection is comprised of posters featuring the Duke Blue Devils Men's Basketball Team. These posters typically depict the entire team posing for a photograph, sometimes with the team coach; several posters commemorate championship wins or the game results for the season, while a few feature only the Blue Devil or an illustration of some team members. Posters range in size from 12"x18" to 36"x48" with considerable individual variation in size. Posters collected by University Archives from a variety of sources are generally unsigned. Most posters donated by Jim Jarvis were autographed by the entire team and/or Coach Mike Krzyzewski and are mounted on foam core board.

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Arrangement

The posters are arranged chronologically.

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Men's Basketball Poster Collection, University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Duke University "Blue Devils", 1959-1960

Includes season schedule and advertisement for Pepsi-Cola.

Box 1
Folder 1
Duke Basketball, undated

Illustration of Blue Devil mascot dunking ball.

Box 1
Folder 1
Off and Running, 1977-1978

Illustration of Blue Devil mascot dunking ball.

Box 1
Folder 1
"The Spirit Lives On...", 1978-1979
Box 1
Folder 1
Duke Basketball Show, 1979

Created by WRAL-TV.

Map-case OC:IX Top
Folder 1
1979-1980 ACC Champions, 1980
Box 1
Folder 1
A Portrait of Champions, 1980-1981

Includes season schedule.

Box 1
Folder 1
A Portrait of Champions, 1980-1981
Box 1
Folder 4
Gene Says Goodbye, 1981

Image of Gene "Tinkerbell" Banks and description of his final Blue Devils basketball game against UNC.

Box 1
Folder 1
The Defense Never Rests, 1981-1982

Includes season schedule.

Box 1
Folder 1
The Defense Never Rests, 1981-1982
Box 1
Folder 4
World Class, 1983-1984
Box 1
Folder 1
World Class, 1983-1984
Box 1
Folder 4
The Right Stuff, 1984-1985
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 1
The Right Stuff, 1984-1985

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 4
Formula for Success, 1985-1986
(2 items)

Includes season schedule.

Box 1
Folder 2
Formula for Success, 1985-1986
Box 1
Folder 4
ACC Champions, 1985-1986
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 2
A Banner Year, 1985-1986
(2 items)

Includes season results, honors, and awards.

Box 1
Folder 2
Taking Care of Business, 1986-1987
(3 items)

Includes one copy autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 2
Taking Care of Business, 1986-1987
Box 1
Folder 4
ACC Champions, 1986-1987
Box 1
Folder 2
Duke 1987, 1986-1987

Includes season results and player awards.

Box 1
Folder 2
Tradition, 1987-1988
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 2
Tradition, 1987-1988
Box 1
Folder 4
ACC Champions, 1987-1988
Box 1
Folder 2
Championship Crowns, 1988

Includes season results and awards.

Box 1
Folder 2
Encore, 1988-1989
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 2
Encore, 1988-1989

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 4
East Regional Champions, 1988-1989
Box 1
Folder 2
Heroes, 1988-1989

Includes season results and awards.

Box 1
Folder 2
Red, White, and True Blue, 1989-1990
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 2
Red, White, and True Blue, 1989-1990

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Box 1
Folder 4
A Special Team, 1989-1990

Includes season results and awards.

Box 1
Folder 2
Duke's Young Guns, 1990-1991
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 2
Duke's Young Guns, 1990-1991

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 5
National Basketball Champions, 1991

Illustration of players and coaches created by Coca-Cola.

Box 1
Folder 3
National Basketball Champions, 1991
Box 1
Folder 5
Champions! Herald-Sun front page poster, April 2, 1991

Poster version of the front page of the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper with photos and article "Devils bring it home!"

Box 1
Folder 3
Duke's All-American Candidates, undated

3H poster featuring Thomas Hill, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill.

Box 1
Folder 3
NCAA Champions, 1991
(2 items)

Includes season results and awards

Box 1
Folder 3
Where Dreams Begin, 1991-1992
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Where Dreams Begin, 1991-1992

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Box 1
Folder 5
1992 NCAA Champions, 1992
(0 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
1992 NCAA Champions, 1992

Includes mounted poster autographed by Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Box 1
Folder 5
Simply the Best, 1992-1993
Box 1
Folder 3
Simply the Best, 1992-1993

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 5
Defining Duke Basketball, 1993-1994
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Defining Duke Basketball, 1993-1994

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 5
History in the Making, 1994-1995
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
History in the Making, 1994-1995

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Box 1
Folder 5
Networking, 1995-1996
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Networking, 1995-1996

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 5
Back in Black, 1996-1997
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Back in Black, 1996-1997

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 6
Blue Planet, 1997-1998
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Blue Planet, 1997-1998

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 6
Championship Vision, 1998-1999
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Championship Vision, 1998-1999

Includes mounted poster autographed by team.

Box 1
Folder 6
Forever Duke, 1999-2000
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
Forever Duke, 1999-2000

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Box 1
Folder 6
The Big Dance, 2000-2001
(3 items)

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 1
Vote Coach Krzyzewski Mayor of Bracketville, undated

Nike promotional poster.

Box 1
Folder 3
Champs! Duke Blue Devils Sports Illustrated cover, 2000-2001

Poster of Sports Illustrated cover featuring Shane Battier.

Box 1
Folder 3
2001 National Champions, 2001
(2 items)
Box 1
Folder 3
2001 National Champions, 2001

Includes mounted poster autographed by Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 1
Deja Blue, 2001-2002
Box 1
Folder 3
Deja Blue, 2001-2002

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 1
Duke Rocks, 2002-2003

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 2
Lights! Cameron! Action!, 2003-2004

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 2
Vintage, 2004-2005

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 2
100 Seasons, 2004
Oversize-folder 2
Believe, 2006-2007

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 3
Goodfellas, 2009-2010

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 3
One, 2010-2011

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 3
First Class, 2011-2012

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 4
Fight, 2012-2013

Includes mounted poster autographed by team and Coach K to Jim Jarvis.

Oversize-folder 4
 

Historical Note

Basketball was first played at Trinity College in 1906, introduced by then-Athletic Director Wilbur Wade Card. Since then, men's basketball has been played each year at Trinity College and later Duke University, appearing in the NCAA Tournament dozens of times, winning the national championship four times (in 1991, 1992, 2001, and 2010).

Prior to 1980, team posters depicting the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team in uniform and listing the season's games were often created, as were special publicity and commemorative posters for tournaments, championships, and rivalry games. In 1980, Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) became head coach of the team, taking over for Bill Foster. Shortly after his arrival, Coach K's wife, Carol "Mickie" Krzyzewski, began a traditional of creating a thematic poster for each season's team. Mrs. Krzyzewski, and later their daughter Debbie Krzyzewski, collaborated with graphic designer Jim Jarvis and others (including photographer Chris Hildreth) to create a new poster every year, using a variety of themes and styles. Basketball team posters are usually produced at the start of a new basketball season, depicting the season's team player lineup and sometimes the game schedule.

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Provenance

The Men's Basketball Poster Collection was received by the University Archives from several sources: Jim Jarvis in 2015, multiple other sources.

Processing Information

Processed by: Tracy M. Jackson, February 2015.

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2015.0009, multiple other accessions.