The Ade Schwammel Collection consists of materials pertaining to Oregon State College football, primarily the 1933 team, also known as the Ironmen. The materials include photographs of the team, coaches and players; the original cartoon drawing (framed) of Schwammel drawn by Associated Press sports cartoonist Thomas Paprocki ("The Pap"); Schwammel's All-American sweater insignia (framed); and a copy of the February 1934 issue of The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta.
The thirty-two photographs include autographed images of players on the 1932 and 1933 football teams, including Vic Curtin, Clyde Devine, Harry Field, Norm Franklin, Hal Joslin, Woody Joslin, Ed McIntosh, Hal Moe, Hal Pangle, Bill Tomsheck, and Whitey Wedin; photographs of coaches Paul Schissler and Lon Stiner and of the 1933 team; and an image of Ade Schwammel taking a tour with other All-Americans of the Prima Brewery before the 1934 Chicago All-Star Game.
An addition to the Schwammel Collection (Accession 2001:072) contains newspaper clippings, photographs, a magazine article on the Beavers Football team, and an embroidered orange "O" from Schwammel's letterman's jacket. These materials pertain to Ade Schwammel's participation on the Beavers Football team from 1931 to 1933 and membership in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
A second addition to the Schwammel Collection (Accession 2005:005) consists of a biographical essay featuring highlights from Schwammel's life and football career, a newspaper clipping, and photographic images. Numbering 12 prints in total, the images show Ade Schwammel socializing with other football players, mostly Green Bay Packer teammates. In addition to John Schwammel, Ade's son, these images feature Verne Lewelln, Lon Evans, Buckets Goldenberg, Bart Starr, and Roy Nitschke. Two of the twelve images depict a Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers game in September 1976. The clipping pertains to Schwammel's status as football's first designated "All-American" player.