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Willie Evans collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 31-3-1355

Scope and Contents

The Willie Evans collection includes personal correspondence, awards, clippings and articles as early as 1957, pertaining to Evans' football career and the Buffalo Bulls, streaming video pertaining to Evans' career, the 1958 Lambert Cup story, the Buffalo Bulls' 2008 International Bowl game in Toronto, printed football materials, various photographs of Evans, some with 1958 Bulls teammates, football apparel, Evans' UB ID cards from 1957-1960, nametags, and miscellaneous items pertaining to Evans.


  • 1957-2015


Terms of Access and Use

The Willie Evans collection, 1957-2015, is open to researchers. The majority of the collection may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Willie Roy Evans, born December 1, 1937, was a football player for the University of Buffalo Bulls from 1956 until his graduation in 1960. In 1958 Evans and his team won the Lambert Cup, an annual award given to the best Division I college football team in the eastern United States, and a bid in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Since Orlando was in the segregated south in 1958, Evans and another play of color, Mike Wilson, were barred from playing in the stadium. The team decided to opt out of the Bowl since not everyone on the team was welcome to play. Evans graduated in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. However, he was cut in the Bills' inaugural season. Evans worked as a physical education teacher and coach in the Buffalo public schools. In 1988, he earned his Masters in educational administration from State University of New York at Buffalo was then appointed Superintendent of Physical Education for the Buffalo Public Schools. In 1972 he joined the UB Alumni Association and served as their president. Evans was inducted into the UB Athletic Hallof Fame in 1978. The Alumni Association renamed its Legacy Scholarship the Willie R. Evans UB Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship in 2009. In the same year, Evans was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Evans received numerous awards from UB including the Community Leadership Medal, Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Russell J. Gugino Award. Along with his 1958 Bulls teammates, he received the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the State University of New York at Buffalo's highest award, in 2009. Willie R. Evans died on January 4, 2017 at 79 years of age.


6.5 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 document case, 1 manuscript box, and 3 oversize boxes)

3.29 Gigabytes (169 files)

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A collection containing items related to UB Alumnus Willie Evans, class of 1960, including awards, correspondence, apparel, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, DVDs, football programs, photographs, and other items documenting Evans' time as a student athlete at the university.


This collection is arranged in six series: Series I: Awards; Series II: Scrapbooks, Ephemera, and Printed Materials; Series III: Audiovisual; Series IV: Correspondence; Series V: Photographs; Series VI: Apparel.

Born-digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content. The original order of the files is retained.

Acquisition Information

The Willie Evans collection was donated to the University Archives by Jay Friedman, Assistant Athletic Director for Engagement, the State University of New York at Buffalo Division of Athletics, in August 2018. The donation was coordinated by Scott Hollander, Assistant University Librarian for Technology and Outreach.


No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Lucy Bell, November 2018; finding aid encoded by Lucy Bell, November 2018. Supervised by Sarah Cogley.

Digital material processed by Grace Trimper, April 2022.

Digital files were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and DVDs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines.


Finding Aid for the Willie Evans Collection
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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Cogley and Lucy Bell
6 November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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