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Ade Schwammel Collection, 1931-2005

Collection Overview

Title: Ade Schwammel Collection, 1931-2005

Predominant Dates: 1932-1934

ID: MSS Schwammel

Primary Creator: Schwammel, Ade

Extent: 0.74 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


Ade Schwammel was an Oregon State College student and football player from 1930-1934 and was chosen as an All-American at tackle for the 1933 season. His papers include photographs, newspaper clippings, a drawing by an Associated Press sports cartoonist, and an embroidered "O" from Schwammel's letterman's jacket, and other items.

Scope and Content Notes

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Ade Schwammel attended Oregon State College during the 1930/31 through 1933/34 academic years and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He played on the 1931-1933 football teams and was chosen as an All-American at tackle for the 1933 season. The 1933 team was 6-2-2, including a victory over eastern power Fordham and a 0-0 tie with defending Pacific Coast champion, University of Southern California (USC). The team played the entire USC game without a substitution which ended USC's 26-game winning streak and earned the Beavers national recognition as the "Ironmen." Schwammel played professional football for the Green Bay Packers in 1934-37 and 1943-44.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 document box and 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Other photographs of the 1933 football team are available in Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC) and the Football Photograph Collection (P 004). Information about the 1933 season is provided in the 1934 Beaver yearbook, issues of the Oregon State Monthly from the fall of 1933, and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: Ade Schwammel Collection (MSS Schwammel), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


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