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John C. Curl Collection of Xavier University Football Ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: XUA-116

Content Description

Collection contains a clipping, press releases, photographs, a football, and a stadium blanket from the 1950 Salad Bowl and the 1951 undefeated season. It also has a few items from team reunions and includes ephemera such as a beanie worn by first-year students in the class of 1952 (1948), three pennants, and X table displays.


  • 1948 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Researchers must view materials in the Archives Research Room by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor transferred any applicable copyright to Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. 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

John C. Curl was born on February 27, 1930 to Roy and Margaret Curl in Paris, Illinois. He was a member of the Xavier University football team from 1948 to 1952. He played his first year on the freshman team (1948-1949). On January 2, 1950, Xavier defeated Arizona State University 33-21 in the Salad Bowl, played at Montgomery Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. This was Xavier's first and only appearance in a post-season bowl game. Curl also played on the 1951 team, which was undefeated and outscored opponents by a total of 305 to 46. He graduated in 1952 and lived and worked in Cincinnati, Ohio after serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. He died on August 11, 2008.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton and 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) football ephemera and photographs related to the 1948-1951 seasons from John C. Curl, 1952 graduate and member of the football team.


Arranged at collection level in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rich Curl, XUA-2021-015.

Related Materials

For materials related to Xavier University Football, see XUA-82, Xavier University Football Collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Guide to the John C. Curl Collection of Xavier University Football Ephemera
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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