This .21 linear foot collection spans the years from 1910-1980, with the bulk of the collection between the years 1923-1938. The James E. Ward Papers primarily document the 1923-1928 seasons of Vanderbilt football and key players during those seasons (Vanderbilt Football and University Materials Series). The Ward Papers also contain materials related to James Ward’s professional, collegiate, and personal activities and give a window into Nashville society during his time (James E. Ward Personal Materials Series). The James E. Ward Papers contain materials such as newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, broadsides, menus, fraternity memorabilia, scrapbook, and correspondence.
The Vanderbilt Football and University Materials Series, 1923-1941 contains materials related to the 1923-1928 football seasons, team members, and miscellaneous Vanderbilt athletics, as well as materials concerning Vanderbilt University. Materials in the series are newspaper clippings, football broadsides, programs, banquet menus, promotional booklets, photographs, and other background materials. The folders in the series are arranged chronologically by year and the documents within the folders are arranged chronologically when identified by date. Notable persons in this series are Bill Spears, Bill Hendrix, Jesse James, Dan McGugin, Chancellor Kirkland, Cap Alley, as well as materials on Camp Kallamuchee, where Bill Spears was a counselor.
Photographs related to the football team are separated in a different folder in the series and several are identified as being from the 1926-1927 season. One photograph identifies Bill Spears, Bill Hendrix, and Bob Sims; the other photographs do not identify players by name. Included in this folder are pictures from Camp Kallamuchee.
The James E. Ward Personal Materials Series, 1910-1980 contains materials related to James Ward’s professional, collegiate, and personal activities. The bulk dates are 1924-1935. James Ward was active in collegiate and civic activities and this series is representative of his involvement in Nashville society during the years 1927-1937, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, Commodore Club, and the Rotary Club. The Nashville Society file contains materials related to Bill Spears and the Personal Materials file contains materials relating to James Ward’s trip on the S.S. Leviathan. The folders in the series are grouped by subject and the items within the folders are arranged chronologically when identified by date. The series includes one photo of the Rotary Club Board of Directors (Folder 1).