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Joseph P. Viviano Basketball Audio Recordings

Identifier: XUA-108

Content Description

Collection contains 8 reel-to-reel audio recordings of Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) men's basketball games, 1957-1959, including recordings from the 1957-1958 season in which Xavier beat the University of Dayton 78-74 to win the 1958 National Invitation Tournament.


  • 1957-1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use. Material must be used by appointment in the Archives Research Room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is the physical property of Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). Copyright status is unknown. Copyright law of the United States governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph P. Viviano was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) men's basketball team while attending the University. A forward, Viviano lettered three years in basketball, was team Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959, and was named Second Team All-NIT in 1958. He is a member of the Xavier 1,000-Point Club, having led the team in scoring his junior and senior years as well as leading the team in rebounding his junior year. During his senior year, he was the team's co-captain with fellow Hall of Famer Hank Stein. Viviano was nicknamed "Mr. Dependable" during his playing days.

During Viviano's Xavier basketball career, the Musketeers won the 1958 National Invitation Tournament Championship with a 78-74 overtime victory over the University of Dayton. They were coached by James (Jim) McCafferty.

After graduating from Xavier, Viviano was selected in the tenth round of the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals. He served as president and chief operating officer of Hershey Foods from 1994 until he was named vice chairman in 1998. He also served as a member of the Xavier University Board of Trustees.

Citation: Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio). Department of Athletics. "Hall of Fame - Joseph P. Viviano"


8 Reels (8 reel-to-reel tapes)

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Collection contains 8 reel-to-reel audio recordings of Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) men's basketball games, 1957-1959.


Collection is arranged into one series: Series I, basketball audio recordings. Within the series, recordings are organized by date.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to the fragility of the original reels, format obsolescence, and the availability of playback equipment, access to the original recordings is limited and researchers must use digital files of the recordings. Contact University Archives staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph P. Viviano, XUA-2005-100
Joseph P. Viviano Basketball Audio Recordings
University Archives and Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati Ohio 45207 US