Northwestern University Archives Football Films Collection

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The Northwestern University Archives holds many hundreds of hours’-worth of football films, dating from 1929 to the recent past. Our goal is to digitize these films, some of which are fragile, and to make them available to fans of college football all over the world.  Below you will find what has been done so far--an exciting selection of game films, including the 1949 Rose Bowl game, and the notorious 1982 Lake the Posts game.
 
 
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This site will be updated as more films are digitized—so please check back frequently.

Each link below leads to one of the football films. We have also included links to the program covers and rosters, when available.

Date Game

 Score 

Program Cover, Rosters, Notes
1929: Nov 16 NU v Indiana IND 19-14 Program cover & roster
1930: Nov 1 NU at Minnesota NU 27-6  
1931: Oct 24 NU at OSU NU 10-0  
1931 Season Highlights N/A  
1935: Nov 9 NU at Notre Dame NU 14-7  
1936: Oct 31 NU v Minnesota NU 6-0 Program cover & roster
1936: Oct 31 NU v Minnesota   Same game as above with more game footage
1937: Oct 9 NU v Michigan NU 7-0  Program cover & roster
1938: Oct 22 NU at Illinois NU 13-0  
1939: Oct 21 NU v Wisconsin NU 13-7  
1940: Nov 2 NU v Minnesota MINN 13-12  Program cover & roster
1940 : Nov 9 NU v Illinois NU 32-14  
1941: Oct 4 NU v Kansas State NU 51-3  
1941: Oct 11 NU v Wisconsin NU 41-14  
1941: Nov 8 NU v Indiana NU 20-14  
1943: Oct 30 NU v Minnesota NU 42-6  
1943: Oct 16 NU v Great Lakes NU 13-0  Program cover & roster
1943: Nov 25 NU v Indiana NU 14-6  
1945: Sept 22 NU v Iowa State NU 18-6 Program cover & roster
1948: Sept 25 NU at UCLA NU 19-0  
1948: Oct 23 NU v Syracuse NU 48-0  Program cover & roster
1948: Nov 6 NU at Wisconsin NU 16-7  
1949: Jan 1 NU v U Cal ROSE BOWL NU 20-14 Program cover & roster
1950: Nov 25 NU v Illinois NU 14-7 Program cover & roster
1951: Oct 6 NU v Army NU 20-14 Program cover & roster
1951: Oct 20 NU v Navy NU 16-7 Program cover & roster
1955: Nov 19 NU v Illinois TIE 7-7  Program cover & roster
1956: Nov 17 NU v Purdue NU 14-0  
1956: Nov 24 NU v Illinois NU 14-13  Program cover & roster
1959: Sept 26 NU v Oklahoma NU 45-13  Program cover & roster
1959: Oct 17 NU at Michigan NU 20-7  
1959: Oct 24 NU at Notre Dame NU 30-24  
1962 Practice Game N/A  
1962: Oct 6 NU  v Illinois NU 45-0 Program cover & roster
1962: Oct 27 NU v Notre Dame NU 35-6 Program cover & roster
1962: Nov 3 NU at Indiana NU 26-21  
1962: Nov 10 NU at Wisconsin UW 37-6  
1963: Sept 21 NU at Missouri NU 23-12  
1963: Oct 19 NU v Miami (OH) NU 37-6  
1967: Sept 23 NU v Miami (FL) NU 12-7 Program cover & roster
1969: Oct 18 NU v Wisconsin NU 27-7  
1970 NU v Wisconsin Freshman Game N/A  
1970: Sept 5 Football Practice N/A  
1970: Sept 19 NU v Notre Dame ND 35-14  
1970: Sept 26 NU at UCLA UCLA 12-7  
1970: Oct 3 NU v Southern Methodist SMU 21-20  
1970: Oct 10 NU v  Illinois NU 48-0  
1970: Oct 17 NU at Wisconsin
NU 24-14  
1970: Oct 24 NU v Purdue NU 38-14  
1970: Oct 31 NU at OSU OSU 24-10  
1970: Nov 14 NU at Indiana NU 21-7  
1970: Nov 21 NU at MSU NU 23-20  
1970 Highlight Reel N/A  
1971: Apr First Scrimmage N/A  
1971: Apr Second Scrimmage N/A  
1971: Apr Third Scrimmage N/A  
1971: May Fifth Scrimmage N/A  
1971: Sept 4 Football Practice N/A  
1971: Sept 11 NU v Michigan UM 21-6  
1971: Sept 18 NU at Notre Dame ND 50-7  
1971: Sept 25 NU v Syracuse NU 12-6  
1971: Oct 2 NU v Wisconsin NU 24-11  
1971: Oct 9 NU at Iowa NU 28-3  
1971: Oct 16 NU v Purdue PU 21-20  
1971: Oct 23 NU at Indiana NU 24-10  
1971: Oct 30 NU at Illinois ILL 24-7  
1971: Nov 6 NU v Minnesota NU 41-20 Program cover & roster
1971: Nov 20 NU v MSU NU 28-7 Program cover & roster
1971 Big Ten Time Highlight Reel N/A  
1973: Oct 13 NU v Iowa NU 31-15  
1979: Sept 15 NU v Wyoming NU 27-22  
1981: Nov 20 NU v MSU MSU 61-14  
1982: Sept 25 NU v Northern Illinois NU 31-6 Program cover & roster
1986: Nov 15 NU v MSU NU 24-21  

 

For more information about these football games, and other athletic events at Northwestern from tug-of-war to ultimate Frisbee, contact the University Archives at archives@northwestern.edu. Also on our website: virtual and multimedia exhibts including NU Football History and the History of the Wildcats

 

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