Football at TU

With cozy autumn weather comes the University of Tulsa’s football season! Before attending a game, take a look at some early football photos. Our first highlighted collection is the Albert A. Exendine papers which includes the Carlisle Indian School football team from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Carlisle Indian School was a Native boarding school from 1879 through 1918. Many of these students came from Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Two of those Oklahoma star athletes include Jim Thorpe and Albert Exendine.

Jim Thorpe, Gus Welch, and A.H. Exendine



Another highlighted collection is the Francis Albert Schidt scrapbooks, which include 4 volumes of University of Tulsa sporting and other events. The University has roots in the Presbyterian School for Indian Girls, a small boarding school in Muskogee, Indian Territory, which was founded in 1882. The school was then converted into Henry Kendall College 1894. The year of Oklahoma’s statehood, 1907, Henry Kendall College moved to Tulsa and in the 1920s was renamed as The University of Tulsa. Below are some photographs from Kendall College.



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