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University of Central Florida Athletics Collection

Identifier: UA06A

Scope and Contents

Series I: Publications and Advertising, 1970-2009, is the largest of the series holding media guides, game programs, flyers, brochures, and pamphlets created for the many sports affiliated with the University. Some correspondence can be found in this series as well as schedule cards for certain sports.

Series II: Scrapbooks, 1968-1972; 1977-1987, were created by the Athletics Department to chronicle the history of FTU and UCF sports teams in the media. Game programs and flyers can be found throughout the scrapbooks. Some news clippings came from the University student newspaper, The Future, while the majority was taken from local newspapers.

Series III: Administrative, 1978-2000, holds the files of administrators who worked in the Athletics department during both the FTU and UCF years. The series currently contains the files of William 'Bill' Goldsby and Art Zeleznik. Goldsby was the Business Manager for the Athletics Department from 1978-1982. These files contain correspondence, press releases, and notes. Art Zelenik has been the Associate Athletic Director for Support Services since 1985. These files include documentation of the UCF athletics department budget, insurance, contracts, public relations, football files, and other miscellaneous materials.

Series IV: Press Releases, 1976-1988, 1990-1991; 1993-1994, are sports news notes that were released to the general media. Many athletic activities are highlighted here as well as some club sports and various clinics that were held over the years.

Series V: News Clippings, 1970-2005, are clippings from area and national newspapers and magazines that report on the activities of various athletics teams for the University.


  • Created: 1968-2009



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished records are protected by copyright. Permission to publish quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Athletics have always been part of UCF culture as well as a source of great pride. In 1969, the then Florida Technological University was approved by the Florida State Board of Regents to have its first sports team - basketball - with intercollegiate play starting in the 1969-1970 season. From early play at area high school gyms to on campus state-of-the-art athletic facilities, sports at UCF have grown enormously currently operating sixteen intercollegiate teams as well as thirty University sports clubs. From 1994 to 2005, UCF not only made forty-seven NCAA appearances but in those last five, ten UCF sports played in their postseasons. With the opening of the new Wayne Densch Sports Center in 2005, new fieldhouse and practice fields, and the renovated UCF Arena and the on-campus football stadium both opening in the Fall of 2007, athletics at UCF continue to grow with each successful season.


19 boxes (23.25 Linear Feet)

Language of Materials



The University of Central Florida Athletics Collection documents the history and operation of FTU and UCF sports and how University athletics have been chronicled in the media. The creation of several FTU and UCF sports teams are highlighted here, including the UCF football team in 1979. A large portion of this collection contains publications from most FTU and UCF sporting teams including yearly media guides used by local and national media outlets to aid in reporting on University sports.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into five series by the subject matter.

Method of Acquisition

Cheryl Flesch transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2004 (CFU2004_02) and 2006 (CFU2006_21). Gert Garman transferred additional materials in 2005 (CFU2005_02 and CFU2005_15) and in 2006 (CFU2006_07) and in 2007 (CFU2007_09). Jeff Garner transferred additional materials in 2006 (CFU2006_20). Jeff Rudolph gifted additional materials in 2006 (CFU2006_25). Sandy Pouliot transferred additional materials in 2006 (CFU2006_30). Joanne Griggs transferred additional materials in 2006 (CFU2006_31). Doug Richards transferred additional materials in 2006 (CFU2006_38). Additional materials transferred from unknown in 2006 (CFU2006_26) and 2007 (CFU2007_03).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2006_20; Additions: CFU2004_02*, CFU2005_15*, CFU2006_07, CFU2006_20, CFU2006_21*, CFU2006_24*, CFU2006_25*, CFU2006_30, CFU2006_31, CFU2006_38, CFU2007_03*, CFU2007_09*, CFU2009_02*; *Transfer numbers that are indicated with an asterisk are add-ons and the material from these collections might still be in unprocessed. The CFU numbers were added from the Accession and Transfer Records in October 2010.

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about this collection may be found in the University of Central Florida Office of the President Records, the University of Central Florida Office of the President: Charles N. Millican Papers, the University of Central Florida Audio, Visual, and Multi-Media Collection, the University of Central Florida Marketing Office Collection, the University of Central Florida Scrapbook Collection, and the University Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by April Karlene Anderson and Lindsay Mazziotto in 2006. All materials have been organized into acid-free folders and stored in acid-free boxes. Rusted paper clips and staples have been removed as well as all post-it notes. Scrapbooks have been cleared of any foreign debris, re-secured, and wrapped in acid-free, heavy duty archival paper. Additions to the collection were integrated by Nava Cohen in 2010, resulting in edition 2. The finding aid was updated for consistency among all collections by Mary Rubin in 2012. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 3, by Mary Rubin in 2015. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 4.

University of Central Florida Athletics Collection
April Karlene Anderson and Lindsay Mazziotto; additions integrated by Nava Cohen
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576