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Wandering Weevils football team materials

Wandering Weevils Football Team Materials

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Finding aid for the Wandering Weevils Football Team Materials

MSS.01.04

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: Wandering Weevils Football Team Materials
Dates: 1940-1998
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
AbstractThis collection contains biographical information on Stewart Ferguson and both contemporary and retrospective accounts of his team's activities.
Identification: MSS.01.04
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection consists of one file.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information on Stewart Ferguson and both contemporary and retrospective accounts of his team's activities.


Biographical Note

In the years 1939-1941, Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) had a unique football team. The Wandering Weevils (the school mascot was the Boll Weevils) played for fun and to entertain the fans. Stewart Alfred Ferguson, a ministerial-student-turned-coach, had become tired of the pressure of competitive sports and the emphasis on winning at any cost. He agreed to take the coaching job at Arkansas A and M on the condition that he be allowed to make all the coaching decisions. He emphasized fun and sportsmanship, and playing for the love of the game. His Boll Weevils performed comic stunts to entertain the crowd. They played teams all over the country, winning only three out of thirty-three games, and became known as the "Wandering Weevils." The 1941 season was the Wandering Weevils' last, as the country had entered World War II.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- Biography.
Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College -- Football -- History.
Ferguson, Stewart A.
Football coaches -- Biography.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wandering Weevils Football Team Materials, MSS 01-04, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Frank Carson, April 2001


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