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Michael O'Shaughnessy Collection

Identifier: UA23H

Scope and Contents

Series I: Media, Circa 1979-1981, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2008 contains 16mm film reels, audio cassettes, VHS cassettes, audio CDs, and DVD copies of footage collected on the early years of UCF Football and subsequent years following it.

Series II: Photographs, Circa 1973-1998, holds original as well as reproduced photographs showing UCF sports teams and players.

Series III: Documents, Circa 1979-1980, 1983, 1987-1998, 2002, 2005-2007, holds documents, newspaper articles, and journal articles related to UCF sports, professional sports, or Mr. O'Shaughnessy himself.

Series IV: Ephemera, Memorabilia, & Posters, 1978-1998, 2002-2009 contains ephemera including game tickets, parking passes, and buttons. Memorabilia includes a UCF basketball jersey, a football from the first home game against the Fort Benning Doughboys, football cleats, jacket, pants, socks, and towels.


  • Created: 1973-2009
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1979-1998



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Biographical or Historical Information

UCF Football began in January 1979 when the newly inaugurated Dr. Trevor Colbourn announced he would look into a football team for the university. Within several months, Dr. Colbourn and Athletics Director Jack O'Leary approved the formation of a new football team for UCF, which started play later that fall in NCAA Division III. Since then, UCF Football has seen enormous growth both with the success of its former players as well as its facilities. Several players went on to have stellar careers in the NFL, including UCF's most famous player, Daunte Culpepper. UCF Football came home to Brighthouse Networks Stadium in September 2007 (renamed Spectrum Stadium in 2017) after playing their first twenty eight seasons at the Florida Citrus Bowl (renamed Camping World Stadium in 2016) in downtown Orlando, Florida.

Mr. O'Shaughnessy is a graduate of UCF where he participated in varsity collegiate baseball and football and was a radio commentator for Sunshine Network Radio regarding UCF football. He is the proprietor of Michael O'Shaughnessy Real Estate Brokers, member of the Winter Park Development Corporation, and the founder of The Millennium Woman Foundation. Mr. O'Shaughnessy is also the author of the books Millennium Woman - A Guideline to Personal Security and Financial Prosperity for Today's Woman (2000) and Blue Collar Iron Man (2006). An avid paddleboarder, Mr. O'Shaughnessy holds three Guinness world records and two world records in the sport which includes the fastest crossing of the English Channel, Florida Straits, Cuba to the United States, Irish Sea and Scotland's largest body of fresh water, Loch Ness. In 2010, Mr. O'Shaughnessy was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. Mr. O'Shaughnessy is still active with UCF Athletics and resides in Ponce Inlet with his wife and children.


10 boxes (5.83 Linear Feet)

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The collection holds footage of primarily the UCF Knights Football team in various media formats, photographs, newspaper articles, journal articles, posters, ephemera, as well as those relating to Michael O'Shaughnessy.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in four series chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Michael O'Shaughnessy gifted these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2006 (CFU2006_11) and in 2013 (CFU2013_08).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2006_11; Additions: CFU2013_08

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 Athletics Collection, University of Central Florida Photograph Collection, and University of Central Florida Audio, Visual, and Multi-Media Collection. Additionally, publications have been catalogued, which includes UCF Football Media Guide with the catalog record found here; UCF Emphasis Volume 11, Number 2 with the catalog record found here; Pegasus Volume 1, Number 5 with the catalog record found here; and UCF Game Knight with the catalog record found here. There are also publications awaiting to be catalogued, they are: UCF News for Neighbors Volume 4, Issue 2; Golden Knights Gameday - UCF vs Pittsburgh; Golden Knights Gameday - UCF vs. University of Southern Mississippi Game Program; UCF Golden Knights - UCF vs. West Virginia University Game Program; UCF Football Gameday - UCF vs. University at Buffalo Game Program; UCF vs. Valdosta State University Game Program; UCF vs. Bethune-Cookman University Game Program; UCF vs. Western Kentucky University Game Program; UCF vs. University at Buffalo Game Program; UCF vs. Eastern Kentucky University Game Program; UCF vs. Samford University Game Program; UCF vs. Troy University Game Program; UCF vs. Samford University Game Program; Central Florida Football 1997 Yearbook; Central Florida Football 1998 Yearbook; UCF Football Fan Guide; Saint Leo College vs. UCF Game Program; Emory & Henry vs. UCF Game Program; UCF Fighting Knights Official Souveneir Program; UCF vs. Presbyterian College Official Souveneir Program; UCF vs. Hampden-Sydney College Official Souveneir Program; UCF vs. West Georgia College Game Program; UCF vs. Troy University Game Program; UCF vs. Southern Connecticut State; UCF vs. Liberty University Game Program; UCF vs. College of William & Mary Game Program; Georgia Southern University vs. UCF Game Program; UCF vs. Gardner-Webb University Game Program; UCF vs. Bethune-Cookman University Game Program; UCF vs. Yale University Game Program; UCF vs. University of Memphis; University of Florida vs. UCF Game Program; UCF Sports Newsletter September 1988; UCF Sports Newsletter October 1989; UCF Baseball 1979 Guide; 1988 Knights Baseball Guide; UCF 1993 Baseball Guide; UCF 2006 Baseball Guide; UCF 1991-1992 Basketball Game Program; and Big Time Basketball University of Central Florida Media Guide '94-95.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by April Karlene Anderson in 2007. The photographs were placed in acid free folders and then housed in acid free containers. DVDs were removed from their original cases and placed in archival DVD sleeves. The poster was placed in an oversized acid free folder and stored in a flat file archives drawer. The finding aid was updated for consistency among all collections by Mary Rubin in 2012, resulting in edition 2. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 3, by Mary Rubin in 2015. Additional materials processed by and finding aid edition 4 prepared by Steven Trelstad in 2017, in which the entire collection was overhauled from .5 linear feet to 5.83 linear feet. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 5.

Michael O'Shaughnessy Collection
April Karlene Anderson; Additions integrated by Steven Trelstad
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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