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Collection TitleCL 175 Ernie Davis Memorabilia CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2019
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library Bob Mace in 2019.
Terms:Afro-American football players; College sports; Davis, Ernie, 1939-1963; Elmira (N.Y.); Elmira Free Academy; Football; Football players; Heisman Trophy; High Schools – Athletics; Syracuse University
Historical:Ernie Davis (1939-1963) grew up in Elmira where he played football and basketball at Elmira Free Academy and Neighborhood House. He attended Syracuse University where he played football from 1959 to 1961. Know by the nickname “The Elmira Express,” he became the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner in 1961. In 1962, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns but was diagnosed with leukemia before he ever got to play. He died on May 18, 1963 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira. In 2008, the film The Elmira Express: the Story of Ernie Davis was released about his life story.
Scope:The Ernie Davis Memorabilia Collection contains items related to Ernie Davis and his football career including press clippings, photographs, and other ephemera.
Notes:Located: Reading Room, Unit 03, Top Shelf
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1956-2008
AbstractThis collection contains materials related to Ernie Davis collected by Bob Mace.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Souvenir card from Ernie Davis Day at the Neighborhood House, February 3, 1962.Card 010101
Sports cards for Ernie Davis, ca. 1979. Card010102
The Heisman Collection Series II sports cards, 1992. Cards010103
Book - Always Ernie by Laura Milazzo, 2003.Book010104
(5) Photographs of Ernie Davis playing football and greeting fans, 1960-1963. Photographs010201
Program - Ernie Davis Community Center, Inc., memorial dinner: 1995, 1996 & 1999. Program010301
Program - Premiere of "The Express" at Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, September 12, 2008. Program010302
Magazine - Boy's Life: October 1960. (includes article on Ernie Davis)Magazine010401
Magazine - Sport: November 1960. (includes article on Ernie Davis)Magazine010402
Magazine: True, the Man's Magazine: Football Yearbook 1960. Magazine010403
Magazine - Sports Illustrated: September 4, 1989. (includes article on Ernie Davis)Magazine010404
Newspaper clippings about Ernie Davis and Elmira Free Academy (EFA) sports, 1956-1958. Newspaper Clippings010501
Newspaper clippings about Ernie Davis and Syracuse University football, 1959-1963. Newspaper Clippings010601
Newspaper clippings about Ernie Davis, his death, his memory, and the film "The Express," 1963-2008.Newspaper Clippings010701

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