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National Football League (NFL) Team Media Guides Collection

Identifier: FBP 540

Scope and Contents

This collection contains media guides published by teams in the Natinal Football League. The annual guides published prior to each NFL season generally included a review of the previous season (including statistics), a preview of the upcoming season (including schedules and opponent information), and photographs and bios of players, coaches, and staff. Other content sometimes included broader material about the history of the franchise, information about the city, and other information for members of the media. Some guides contain information about other personnel associated with the team like cheerleaders. Some guides contain advertisements. The media guides tend to become larger, longer, and more substantial through the years. Formats include media guides.


  • Creation: 1944-2013

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Media guides—also known as press guides or “dope books”—originated by the 1930s as a way for sports teams to provide information to members of the press about their teams, players, coaches, schedules, and other topics. Originally typed, mimeographed, and stapled sheets, the guides evolved dramatically after World War Two to highly informative trade paper publications available to the public. By the early 21st century, many teams began replacing printed guides with online guides.


32 Cubic Feet (64 document cases (letter size))

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Media Guides are arranged alphabetically by the most recent geographical location of the franchise (as of 2023) and then chronologically.

Processing Information

Most media guides are not housed in folders.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556