Edmund M. Cameron records, 1929 - 1972

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Cameron, Edmund McCullough, 1902-1988
Edmund "Eddie" McCullough Cameron (1902-1988) served as head basketball coach, head football coach, and Athletic Director during his 46 year career at Duke University. He was known for enhancing Duke athletics and the Department of Physical Education by improving and adding facilities and expanding athletic programs. The Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke was named in his honor. The Cameron papers include correspondence, reports, memoranda, scrapbooks, and other printed materials. Among the major subjects of the collection are the Duke basketball and football teams, the Duke athletic department, the Duke Department of Physical Education, collegiate athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Atlantic Coast Conference. English.
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University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

The collection includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, scrapbooks, and other materials related to Cameron's career at Duke University. The first series, Subject Files, consists of office files, primarily correspondence, from the 1950s to the early 1970s, during Cameron's term as Athletic Director. The second series, Correspondence, also consists of some professional correspondence, but includes a number of personal letters and dates from the 1940s to the 1970s. The Clippings series is a brief collection of articles saved by Cameron. The Manuals and Printed Materials series includes reports and guides published by the NCAA and the ACC during the 1950s through the 1970s. The Scrapbooks series consists of three disassembled scrapbooks dating from the 1920s through the 1970s. These books include correspondence, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, game programs, and tickets and other memorabilia.

Biographical / historical:

Edmund "Eddie" McCullough Cameron was born on April 22, 1902, in Manor, Pennsylvania. An excellent student, Cameron also won acclaim for his athletic talents at the Culver Military Academy and Washington and Lee University. He joined Duke University in 1926 as the freshmen football, basketball, and baseball coach. In 1929, Cameron was named head basketball coach. He also assisted in coaching football with head coach Wallace Wade. In 1942, Cameron became head football coach, and in 1946 he again served as assistant coach with Wade. Both the basketball and football teams experienced record successes under Cameron's leadership.

In 1951, Cameron was named Athletic Director, and also directed the Department of Physical Education. He expanded the range and quality of athletic facilities at Duke. In 1953, he helped found the Atlantic Coast Conference and served as chairman of the ACC Basketball Committee for 19 years. He also chaired the basketball committee in the Southern Conference for 20 years.

Cameron was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1972, the Duke Indoor Stadium was renamed the Cameron Indoor Stadium. Cameron retired on August 31 of that same year. He died on November 25, 1988, at the age of 86. He was survived by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Toms Cameron, and four children.

Acquisition information:
The Edmund M. Cameron Records were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1972 (A72-30), 1973 (A73-74, A73-122), 1989 (A89-0052), and 1990 (A90-99).
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Processed by University Archives Staff

Completed 1990

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, July 8, 2003

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[Identification of item], Edmund M. Cameron Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.