Furman Bisher papers

Furman Bisher papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Bisher, Furman
Title: Furman Bisher papers
Dates: 1940s-2011
Quantity: 19.75 Linear feet (18 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3768

Biographical/Historical Note

Furman Bisher (1918-2012) began his career in journalism as the editor of the Lumberton (N.C.) Voice in 1938. From 1943 to 1946 he served as a U.S. Naval officer, in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He joined the Charlotte News in 1940, becoming sports editor in 1948, and in 1950, he joined the Atlanta Constitution as sports editor. From 1950 to 1968, Bisher was a moderator on the weekly Atlanta TV show, “Football Review.” On February 3, 1957 he joined the Atlanta Journal as sports editor and columnist. He also became a columnist for Sporting News. Bisher retired from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution in 2009.

Bisher had articles published in Saturday Evening Post, Sports, True, Sports Illustrated, and other national magazines. His writing was selected for numerous anthologies, including Best Sports Stories of the Year twenty-three times. He received the Georgia AP Sports Writing Award eighteen times, was named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year nineteen times, and won the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism award in 1996. He was inducted into the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame (1989), the International Golf Writers Hall of Fame (1989), the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1990), and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1995).

For additional information, see: Furman Bisher, New Georgia Encyclopedia; Furman Bisher, The Furman Bisher Collection (Dallas, Tex.: Taylor Publishing, 1989), GV583 .B53 1989.


Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of notebooks created by Bisher to record sporting events, article ideas, and interviews with various athletes. The notes cover a wide range of sports at the professional and college level. Included are notes covering the World Series, Super Bowl, Masters, Kentucky Derby, and five Olympic games. There are clippings documenting Bisher's column from Charlotte News, Atlanta Journal, and Atlanta Journal Constitution. The research/professional files include clippings, correspondence, and printed materials about the Masters. Also included are certificates and plaques documenting Bisher's successful career.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series: notebooks, clilppings, research/professional, photographs/slides, and audiovisual materials.


Index Terms

Atlanta journal-constitution.
Baseball--History.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.).
Football (sports)
Journalists--Georgia--Atlanta.
Masters Golf Tournament
NASCAR (Association).
Newspapers--Georgia.
Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.--Sports.
Olympic Games (21st : 1976 : Montréal, Québec).
Olympic Games (23rd : 1984 : Los Angeles, Calif.).
Olympic Games (24th : 1988 : Seoul, Korea).
Olympic Games (25th : 1992 : Barcelona, Spain).
Olympic Games (26th : 1996 : Atlanta, Ga.).
Super Bowl.
World Series (Baseball)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Furman Bisher papers, ms 3768. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.


Related Material

Related material in other repositories: Southern Bases Video and Audio Recordings, mss 735, Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Notebooks, 1940s-2008

BoxFolder
111940s, 1948, 1949
2Masters, 1953
31956
41956, 1958
51959
61960s
71963, 1964
81966-1967, 1969
9(folder 1 of 2), 1970
10(folder 2 of 2), 1970
11Football, 1972
12Football, 1973
13(folder 1 of 2), 1974
14(folder 2 of 2), 1974
BoxFolder
21Masters, 1975 January-May
21975 June-August
31975 November-1976 January
41976 January, October-November
5Masters, Olympics, World Series, 1976
61977 January-March
7Football, 1977 April-May
81977 June-August
91977 September-December
10World Series, Spring training, 1978
11Super Bowl, Masters, Kentucky Derby, 1978
12U.S. Open, 1978 June-December
13Masters, World Series, 1979
BoxFolder
311979 May-July
2Football, 1979 August-September, November
3(folder 1 of 2), 1980s
4(folder 2 of 2), 1980s
51980 January-May
6Masters, 1980 August-October
7World Series, Spring training, 1980
8Football games, 1980
91981 January-June
10World Series, Spring training, 1981
11PGA, 1981 June-September
12Football, 1981 September-October
BoxFolder
41Bowl games, 1982 January-March
21982 May-June
3Masters, Wimbledon, 1982 May
41982 July-1983 January
5Wimbledon, 1983 May-July
6World Cup, 1983 June-August
71983 October-December
81984 February-May
9Golf, 1984 May-June
10World Series, 1984 July-October
11Olympics, 1984
12Super Bowl, 1985 August
131985 February-October
BoxFolder
511986 January-February
21986 April-June
31986 July-August, November-December
4Wimbledon, 1986
51987 April-June
6World Series, 1987 July
71987 November-December
8Winter Olympics, 1988
9Winter Olympics, US Open, Kentucky Derby, 1988
10World Series, Spring training, 1988
11Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, 1988
121988 February-March, July-October
131988
BoxFolder
611989 February, April-June
2Super Bowl, 1989
3Wimbledon, 1989
4Football, 1989 August-October
5Super Bowl, Spring training, 1990 August-October
6U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, 1990
7(folder 1 of 2), 1990
8(folder 2 of 2), 1990
9Football, Ryden Cup, 1991
10Kentucky Derby, 1991
11Football, 1991
121991
BoxFolder
71Super Bowl, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Olympics, 1992
2Olympics, Super Bowl, 1992
31992
4Spring training, NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, 1993
5Ryder Cup, Masters, 1993 April-May, August-September
61990
7Football, 1994
8Football, 1994 June-August
9Olympics, Spring golf, 1994
10Super Bowl, 1994
11Spring training, PGA, 1995 May-July
12World Series, Water polo, 1995
BoxFolder
81Masters, 1995
21995
3Football, 1996
41996
5Olympics, Super Bowl, U.S. Open, 1996
6Masters, Masters, Super Bowl, 1996
71997
8Masters, PGA, 1997
9Super Bowl, U.S. Open, World Cup, 1997
10Kentucky Derby, U.S. Open, 1998
11Golf, 1998 August-October
121999
13Super Bowl, Golf, 1999
14Spring training, 1999
BoxFolder
91Masters, Football, 2000
22000
3NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, 2000
4Football, 2001
5Basketball, Football, 2001
6Masters, NFL Championship, 2001
7Golf, Super Bowl, 2002
8Football, 2002
92002
10Masters, Spring training, 2003
11U.S. Open, British Open, 2004
12Baseball, Super Bowl, 2004
13Golf, 2004
BoxFolder
101Baseball, football, 2005
2Braves, 2005, 2006
32006
42006-2007
5Braves, 2008
6Baseball, undated
7Masters, Golf, undated
8Masters, PGA, undated
9Football (folder 1 of 2), undated
10Football (folder 2 of 2), undated
11NFL Scouting, undated
12(folder 1 of 13), undated
13(folder 2 of 13), undated
BoxFolder
111(folder 3 of 13), undated
2(folder 4 of 13), undated
3(folder 5 of 13), undated
4(folder 6 of 13), undated
5(folder 7 of 13), undated
6(folder 8 of 13), undated
7(folder 9 of 13), undated
8(folder 10 of 13), undated
9(folder 11 of 13), undated
10(folder 12 of 13), undated
11(folder 13 of 13), undated
BoxFolder
121Notes
2Notes
 

2. Clippings, 1949-2000

Box
OS2[oversize], 1949-1951
"Furman to Grizzard: This ain't no goddam magazine, it's a newspaper!" [oversize], 1970
Box
131960 November-1966 December
BoxFolder
1411967 January-1971 March
2Bob Zuppke, 1954
3Pop Warner
4Clippings and articles
51974-1991
6Drafts of articles
7Bisher's article, History of Augusta National Golf Course
8Blackie Sherrod clippings, 1998-2000
9Clippings about Furman Bisher
 

3. Research/Professional

BoxFolder
151Master clippings, correspondence, 1951-2010
2Masters, 1958-2008
3Masters start lists (folder 1 of 2), 1953-2009
4Masters start lists (folder 2 of 2), 1953-2009
5Certificates, 1961-1981
6Certificates, Associated Press Newswriting Award, 1951-1994
Box
OS1Certificates, Associated Press Newswriting Award [oversize], 1968
BoxFolder
157Correspondence, 1996-2011
8Bisher biographical sketch
9Pete Rademacher
10Chilton Thorington bio file
11National Baseball Hall of Fame - Committee on Baseball Veterans, 2004
12Newsletters
13Furman AJC plus ad
14MLB/NFL trading card packs
15Names badge/id card
Box
16Plaques
Box
OS1Plaques [oversize]
BoxFolder
1516Peachtree Golf Club [history]
17Media Guides - League Championship Series, 1991-1995
18Golf Writers Association of America membership directory, 1993
19Media Guides - World Series, 1983-1995
20Media Guides - All-Star Game, 1991, 1995
 

4. Photographs/Slides

BoxFolder
1521Slides
22Slides
23Slides
24Slides
25Slides
26Photographs
Box
OS1Photograph
 

5. Audiovisual Materials

33.0 items
Item
har-bish_0001Golf with a purpose: the story of East Lake 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0002Ty Cobb: Baseball's Immortal and Royston's Native Son 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0003ESPN Distant Replay, week 7, Tommy Nobis (NFL Films), 1999 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0004ESPN Distant Replay, week 2, NFC Divisional Playoff Game (NFL Films), 1980, 1999 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0005ESPN Sports Century, Greatest Athlete #14, Hank Aaron, 1999 October 29 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0006ESPN Sports Century, Greatest Athlete #20, Ty Cobb, 1999 September 17 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0007ESPN Sports Century, Greatest Athlete #29, Arnold Palmer, 1999 July 2 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0008ESPN Sports Century, Greatest Athlete #38, Ben Hogan, 1999 April 30 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0009ESPN Sports Century, Greatest Athlete #44 [no name listed], 1999 March 12 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0010The Sprint International [golf] Tournament Highlights, 1998 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0011NFL Films Presents: Jim Brown, Player of the Millennium, parts 1 & 2 [press preview copy] 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0012Chick-fil-A Charity Championship sponsorship video, 1999 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0013The Story of Golf (Cramer Prodns./The Carver Group) 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_0014The Magic Jersey (Disney Channel Production, rough cut for preview) 1.0 videotape
Item
har-bish_001550th Anniversary Southern 500 Darlington 1.0 DVD
Item
har-bish_0016[Unidentified audiotape] 1.0 reel
Item
har-bish_0017Henry Aaron #1 1.0 reel
Item
har-bish_0018Henry Aaron #2 1.0 reel
Item
har-bish_0019Henry Aaron #1 and #2, 1973 1.0 reel
Item
har-bish_0020Henry Aaron [sides A and B], 1974 February 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0021Henry Aaron ["Tom Braatz" is written on the other side and crossed out on the Aaron side. Tape may contain 2 different interviews or one may be taped over.], 1974 April 5 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0022Sarazen #1 and #2, 1975 November 11 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0023Sarazen #3, 1975 November 11 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0024Nicklaus, FLA. [sides one and two], 1975 November 17 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0025Snead #1 and #2, Highland Beach, FLA, 1975 December 10 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0026Snead #3 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0027Stonehouse 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0028Demaret (3) [side A]; Jack Burke [side B], 1976 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0029Demaret [sides A and B], 1976 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0030Palmer #1 and #2, 1976 1.0 audiocassette
Item
har-bish_0031Sarazen, 1988 1.0 microcassette
Item
har-bish_0032Sarazen #1 and #2, 1991 November 1.0 microcassette
Item
har-bish_0033Sarazen #3 1.0 microcassette