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Men’s College Basketball Conference Media Guides Collection

Identifier: BKC 530

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of media guides for college basketball conferences. The media guides typically contain pictures, articles, statistics, schedules, and information about the conference teams and their players, coaches, and other personnel. The guides also usually contain administrative information about the conference, its constituent colleges/universities, historical data about the conference and other information for members of the media. The media guides tend to become larger, longer, and more substantial through the years. Some guides are fall seasonal media guides and include abbreviated sections on fall sports other than football. These are indicated by asterisks after the year in the date field.

Formats include media guides.


  • Creation: 1950-2003

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.


3.5 Cubic Feet (7 document cases (letter size))

Language of Materials



Media Guides are arranged alphabetically by name of the conference and then chronologically.

January 2024
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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