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         1986ua024 
         
             
                 William H. Townsend papers, 1946-1958
                     1986ua024 
                 
                 Townsend, William H. papers 
                 Finding aid prepared by Janice Childers 
             
             
                 
                     
                 
                 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
                 
                     Special Collections 
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                     Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 
                     (859) 257-8611 
                     SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 
                 
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             William H. Townsend papers 
             1986ua024 
             
                 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
             
             
                 
             
             
                 0.44 Cubic feet 
                 1 box 
             
             1946-1958 
             The majority of materials in the William H. Townsend papers relate to the point-shaving scandal involving several University of Kentucky basketball players and the NCAA investigation into these allegations during 1951-1952. 
             
                 Townsend, William H.,  (William Henry), 1890-1964 
             
         
         
             Conditions Governing Access note 
             Collection is open to researchers by appointment. 
         
         
             Conditions Governing Use note 
             The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. 
         
         
             Preferred Citation note 
             1986ua024: [identification of item], William H. Townsend papers, 1946-1958, University of Kentucky Special Collections. 
         
         
             Historical note 
             William H. Townsend was born in Anderson County, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1912. He represented Adolph Rupp in Adolph Rupp vs. Cowles Magazine, Inc., in which Rupp sued the publishers of 
                 Look  magazine for defamation. Townsend was the president of the UK Alumni Association during the 1951-1952 NCAA investigation into violations at the university, and served on a special committee charged with drawing up new policy proposals for intercollegiate athletics at UK. 
             Townsend may be best known as a Lincoln scholar and collector, and he was also the founder and first president of the Kentucky Civil War Round Table in 1953. 
             In 1951, a scandal erupted involving several University of Kentucky basketball players accused of shaving points, resulting in an NCAA investigation. Ultimately, the basketball program at UK was handed the "death penalty," barring the team from play during the 1952-1953 season. 
             The other well-known outcome was the indictment for perjury and acquittal of Bill Spivey, whom several other players implicated in the point-shaving scandal. Spivey proclaimed his innocence for the rest of his life, but the negative publicity not only led to his permanent suspension from UK's basketball program, but also resulted in his being barred for life from NBA play. 
         
         
             Scope and Contents note 
             The majority of materials in the William H. Townsend papers relate to the point-shaving scandal involving several University of Kentucky basketball players and the NCAA investigation into these allegations during 1951-1952. These materials include correspondence, statements, indictments, reports, and minutes. 
             Also included in the collection are general materials relating to the Alumni Association, including commencement programs, publications, minutes, and a listing of alumni contacts. The materials span the years from 1946-1958. 
         
         
             Arrangement note 
             This collection is arranged in two topical series: I. Athletics investigation II. University of Kentucky Alumni Association 
         
         
             Donovan, Herman Lee, 1887-1964 
             Kirwan, Albert Dennis. 
             National Collegiate Athletic Association. 
             Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977 
             Spivey, Bill. 
             University of Kentucky Alumni Association. 
             University of Kentucky--Basketball. 
             Basketball Betting. 
             Basketball players--Kentucky. 
             College sports. 
             Sanctions, administrative. 
             Universities and colleges. 
         
         
             
                 
                     Athletics Investigations 
                     I 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     The 
                         Athletics Investigations  series contains correspondence, minutes, reports, and statements generated by the university, regulatory bodies, attorneys, and affected parties relating to the NCAA, SEC, and SAC investigations into allegations of game fixing by basketball players. 
                 
                 
                     
                         Correspondence between Herman Donovan and other interested parties 
                         1 
                         1 
                         November 1951-May 1953 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Indictment and correspondence, Bill Spivey case 
                         1 
                         2 
                         December 1951-April 1952 
                     
                     
                         
                             Letter from Shelby Blatterman to Herman Donovan expressing disagreement with UK's handling of Bill Spivey case 
                             1 
                             2 
                             6 
                             March 4, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Response from Herman Donovan to Shelby Blatterman explaining actions taken by the university in the Bill Spivey case, page 1 
                             1 
                             2 
                             7a 
                             March 6, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Response from Herman Donovan to Shelby Blatterman explaining actions taken by the university in the Bill Spivey case, page 2 
                             1 
                             2 
                             7b 
                             March 6, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Response from Herman Donovan to Shelby Blatterman explaining actions taken by the university in the Bill Spivey case, page 3 
                             1 
                             2 
                             7c 
                             March 6, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Reply from Shelby Blatterman to Herman Donovan regarding different outlook on Bill Spivey case 
                             1 
                             2 
                             8 
                             March 10, 1952 
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         SEC (SouthEastern Conference) statements and correspondence 
                         1 
                         3 
                         November 1951-March 1953 
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 1 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15a 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 2 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15b 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 3 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15c 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 4 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15d 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 5 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15e 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Statement to Executive Committee of Southeastern Conference by Herman Donovan, page 6 
                             1 
                             3 
                             15 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Press statement on SEC ruling by Herman Donovan and A.D. Kirwan 
                             1 
                             3 
                             17 
                             August 11, 1952 
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) memoranda and correspondence 
                         1 
                         4 
                         May-November 1952 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) memoranda and correspondence 
                         1 
                         5 
                         October 1951-August 1954 
                     
                     
                         
                             Letter from NCAA President H.C. Willett informing Herman Donovan of ruling and punishment, page 1 
                             1 
                             5 
                             17a 
                             October 22, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Letter from NCAA President H.C. Willett informing Herman Donovan of ruling and punishment, page 2 
                             1 
                             5 
                             17b 
                             October 22, 1952 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Response from Herman Donovan to H.C. Willett pledging compliance with NCAA ruling 
                             1 
                             5 
                             18 
                             October 30, 1952 
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         UK Board of Trustees and staff memoranda, statements, and correspondence 
                         1 
                         6 
                         1946-1952 
                     
                     
                         
                             Letter from Bill Spivey to Herman Donovan proclaiming innocence in point-shaving incident and asking to be considered ineligible for play 
                             1 
                             6 
                             5 
                             December 24, 1951 
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Special committee reports and correspondence 
                         1 
                         7 
                         January-July 1952 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Adolph Rupp vs. Cowles Magazine, Inc. 
                         1 
                         8 
                         1952 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         General materials on investigation 
                         1 
                         9 
                         circa 1951-1952 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Lucille Crumley Bradberry vs. Edward William Curd, et. al 
                         1 
                         10 
                         April 1953 
                     
                 
             
             
                 
                     University of Kentucky Alumni Association 
                     II 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     The 
                         University of Kentucky Alumni Association  series contains miscellaneous materials relating to Townsend's responsibilities to the Alumni Association, and includes commencement programs, publications, notes, minutes, and member listings. 
                 
                 
                     
                         Alumni Association materials 
                         1 
                         11 
                         1948-1958 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         List of alumni contacts 
                         1 
                         12 
                         circa 1950-1964