The Santa Clara University Men’s Football & Rugby Club Records, 1869-1993 (bulk 1929-1993), document the history of men’s
football and rugby over a 120-year period and an 85-year period, respectively. The records consist of media guides, newspaper
clippings, photographs, players and coaching staff rosters, score cards, and season schedules. The media guides are publications
used by local and national media to track the teams, and include historical records, photographs, player profiles, season
previews and team statistics. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Santa Clara University Men’s Football
& Rugby Club Records, 1869-1993 (bulk 1929-1993).
Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College and is California’s oldest operating
institution of higher learning. It was established on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asìs, the eighth of the original
21 California missions. The college originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank
until 1853. The institution became known as the University of Santa Clara in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law
were added. For 110 years, Santa Clara University was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and
Santa Clara University became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students and faculty
tripled over the next decade and the university began the largest building program in school history with eight residence
halls, a student union, and an athletic stadium. In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the
undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the university for
generations to come. In 1985, the university adopted Santa Clara University as its official name.
10.0 linear feet,
16 boxes, 17 bound volumes
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