WILLIAM OLIVER HUNNICUTT, JR. COLLECTION
SOURCE: Dr. and Mrs. William Oliver Hunnicutt III
SIZE: 8 linear feet
SHELVING UNITS: 8 Manuscript Boxes
PROCESSING: CDK, December 1998
The collection was presented to the Troup County Archives by Dr. and Mrs. William Oliver Hunnicutt III, in 1998. The materials were collected by his father Oliver Hunnicutt and family between about 1937-1998.
Oliver Hunnicutt was born in Macon, Georgia on May 29, 1914. He attended Lanier High in Macon and then went on to attend prep school at Brewton Parker Institute until 1936. In 1940, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Education and earned a Master of Science in Education from Auburn University in 1954. While at U.G.A., he ran track and played halfback for the Bulldogs. His coaching career began in 1941 when he served as head coach at Gainesville High School. In 1942, he moved to LaGrange, and became head coach and Athletic Director at LaGrange High. From 1943-1945, he left LaGrange High to serve in World War II. He served in the Air Force in the Pacific during this time. In 1945, he returned and achieved an impressive record coaching the Grangers during a 28 year coaching career. He led the team to two state championships in 1955 and 1958. He retired from LaGrange High with a record of 187 wins, 96 losses, and tied 19 games.
He received many honors including being named the Atlanta Touch Down Club's Coach of the Year in 1955 and being elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1961. In 1970, he was elected to the National Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta Chapter.
Oliver Hunnicutt was married to the former Olivia Leggett. They had three sons: Pat, Jim, and Charles. Olivia died on July 14, 1997. Hunnicutt was an elder of the LaGrange First Presbyterian Church.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The materials in this collection date from about 1937-1998 and consist mostly of scrapbooks of photographs (both original prints and copies), newspaper clippings, game programs, correspondence, and memorabilia relating to Hunnicutt's coaching career, family, University of Georgia, and World War II. Two boxes contain greeting cards and correspondence on occasions such as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Coach Hunnicutt assembled these scrapbooks during his last years. His arrangement has been left intact.
Among the loose items are university and state high school football programs dating from the 1930s til the 1980s. Programs from other organizations Hunnicutt belonged to, such as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Touch Down Club, are included as well. Also included are high school yearbooks and plaques, awards, and diplomas belonging to Hunnicutt.
Note: Materials relating to LaGrange High School athletics are not sorted by year or by sport. Researchers may want all the scrapbooks for needed information. Materials relating to the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange will be found mixed throughout.
Box 1 - Scrapbooks
Vol 1-12 Greeting Cards and correspondence
13-24 Greeting Cards and Correspondence
25-29 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Atlanta Touch Down Club programs 1943-1996
30 1940-1941 Gainesville High Football Scrapbook and 60 Years of GHS Football Program
31 University of Georgia Football Programs 1937-1973
University and state high school football programs 1938-1995 (loose items)
32-34 AAF - Air Force Papers, 1943-1945: WWII Pacific photos, newspaper clippings, and
photos and football programs of military teams
35-41 LaGrange High, 1917-1990s: team rosters, playbooks, team photos, newspaper clippings,
football game programs, athletic photos
42 Troup County School System Christmas Party, 1997
LaGrange High Football Programs, 1948-1998 (loose items)
43-45 Portraits and snapshots of family on vacations, reunions, holidays, and other occasions;
newspaper clippings of family members
56-59 Athletic and family photos, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and greeting cards
60 Oliver Hunnicutt at University of Georgia in the 1930s; football and track photos,
newspaper clippings, itineraries for away football games (this scrapbook contains the largest number of photos of Hunnicutt as an athlete)
Diploma, Master of Science in Education, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1954
Hawaiian Flyers team photo, 1945
Unidentified football team photo, c.1945
61-68 Athletic and family photos, newspaper clippings, correspondence, greeting cards, and awards
69-70 Fourth of July Parade 1990; Photos, cards, and newspaper clippings from "Sweet Land
of Liberty" Parade in which Hunnicutt was Grand Marshall
Gainesville High Class of 1941 Reunion notebook, 1995
LaGrange High reunions notebook, Classes of 1944-46, 1954, 1957, 1961, and 1964
Radiator, Gainesville High Yearbook, 1942
Financial Record, 1953-1967
Christmas with Coach Oliver Hunnicutt guestbook, 1997
Map notebook; includes maps of Georgia
University of Georgia
LaGrange High School Football
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Atlanta Touchdown Club
First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange