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Furman Bisher papers

Furman Bisher papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Furman Bisher papers
Creator: Bisher, Furman
Inclusive Dates: 1940s-2011
Language(s): English
Extent: 19.75 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
Collection Number: ms3768
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

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 in the New Georgia Encyclopedia; Furman Bisher, The Furman Bisher Collection (Dallas, Tex.: Taylor Publishing, 1989), GV583 .B53 1989.

Scope and Content

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.

Organization and Arrangement

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

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Atlanta journal-constitution
Baseball -- History.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Football (sports)
Journalists -- Georgia -- Atlanta.
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)

Related Collections in this Repository

Audiovisual items for this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Notebooks

111940s, 1948, 1949
12Masters, 1953
141956, 1958
171963, 1964
181966-1967, 1969
19(folder 1 of 2), 1970
110(folder 2 of 2), 1970
111Football, 1972
112Football, 1973
113(folder 1 of 2), 1974
114(folder 2 of 2), 1974
21Masters, 1975 January-May
221975 June-August
231975 November-1976 January
241976 January, October-November
25Masters, Olympics, World Series, 1976
261977 January-March
27Football, 1977 April-May
281977 June-August
291977 September-December
210World Series, Spring training, 1978
211Super Bowl, Masters, Kentucky Derby, 1978
212U.S. Open, 1978 June-December
213Masters, World Series, 1979
311979 May-July
32Football, 1979 August-September, November
33(folder 1 of 2), 1980s
34(folder 2 of 2), 1980s
351980 January-May
36Masters, 1980 August-October
37World Series, Spring training, 1980
38Football games, 1980
391981 January-June
310World Series, Spring training, 1981
311PGA, 1981 June-September
312Football, 1981 September-October
41Bowl games, 1982 January-March
421982 May-June
43Masters, Wimbledon, 1982 May
441982 July-1983 January
45Wimbledon, 1983 May-July
46World Cup, 1983 June-August
471983 October-December
481984 February-May
49Golf, 1984 May-June
410World Series, 1984 July-October
411Olympics, 1984
412Super Bowl, 1985 August
4131985 February-October
511986 January-February
521986 April-June
531986 July-August, November-December
54Wimbledon, 1986
551987 April-June, August-September
56World Series, 1987 July
571987 November-December
58Winter Olympics, 1988
59Winter Olympics, US Open, Kentucky Derby, 1988
510World Series, Spring training, 1988
511Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, 1988
5121988 February-March, July-October
611989 February, April-June
62Super Bowl, 1989
63Wimbledon, 1989
64Football, 1989 August-October
65Super Bowl, Spring training, 1990 August-October
66U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, 1990
67(folder 1 of 2), 1990
68(folder 2 of 2), 1990
69Football, Ryden Cup, 1991
610Kentucky Derby, 1991
611Football, 1991
71Super Bowl, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Olympics, 1992
72Olympics, Super Bowl, 1992
74Spring training, NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, 1993
75Ryder Cup, Masters, 1993 April-May, August-September
77Football, 1994
78Football, 1994 June-August
79Olympics, Spring golf, 1994
710Super Bowl, 1994
711Spring training, PGA, 1995 May-July
712World Series, Water polo, 1995
81Masters, 1995
83Football, 1996
85Olympics, Super Bowl, U.S. Open, 1996
86Masters, Masters, Super Bowl, 1996
88Masters, PGA, 1997
89Super Bowl, U.S. Open, World Cup, 1997
810Kentucky Derby, U.S. Open, 1998
811Golf, 1998 August-October
813Super Bowl, Golf, 1999
814Spring training, 1999
91Masters, Football, 2000
93NFL playoffs, Super Bowl, 2000
94Football, 2001
95Basketball, Football, 2001
96Masters, NFL Championship, 2001
97Golf, Super Bowl, 2002
98Football, 2002
910Masters, Spring training, 2003
911U.S. Open, British Open, 2004
912Baseball, Super Bowl, 2004
913Golf, 2004
101Baseball, football, 2005
102Braves, 2005, 2006
105Braves, 2008
106Baseball, undated
107Masters, Golf, undated
108Masters, PGA, undated
109Football (folder 1 of 2), undated
1010Football (folder 2 of 2), undated
1011NFL Scouting, undated
1012(folder 1 of 13), undated
1013(folder 2 of 13), undated
111(folder 3 of 13), undated
112(folder 4 of 13), undated
113(folder 5 of 13), undated
114(folder 6 of 13), undated
115(folder 7 of 13), undated
116(folder 8 of 13), undated
117(folder 9 of 13), undated
118(folder 10 of 13), undated
119(folder 11 of 13), undated
1110(folder 12 of 13), undated
1111(folder 13 of 13), undated

2. Clippings

OS2[oversize], 1949-1951
OS2"Furman to Grizzard: This ain't no goddam magazine, it's a newspaper!" [oversize], 1970
131960 November-1966 December
1411967 January-1971 March
142Bob Zuppke, 1954
143Pop Warner
144Clippings and articles
146Drafts of articles
147Bisher's article, History of Augusta National Golf Course
148Blackie Sherrod clippings, 1998-2000
149Clippings about Furman Bisher

3. Research/Professional

151Master clippings, correspondence, 1951-2010
152Masters, 1958-2008
153Masters start lists (folder 1 of 2), 1953-2009
154Masters start lists (folder 2 of 2), 1953-2009
173Arnold Palmer book project
155Certificates, 1961-1981
156Certificates, Associated Press Newswriting Award, 1951-1994
OS1Certificates, Associated Press Newswriting Award [oversize], 1968
172Articles and correspondence, 1956-1962
157Correspondence, 1996-2011
158Bisher biographical sketch
159Pete Rademacher
1510Chilton Thorington bio file
171National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
1511National Baseball Hall of Fame - Committee on Baseball Veterans, 2004
1513Furman AJC plus ad
1514MLB/NFL trading card packs
1515Names badge/id card
OS1Plaques [oversize]
1516Peachtree Golf Club [history]
1517Media Guides - League Championship Series, 1991-1995
1518Golf Writers Association of America membership directory, 1993
1519Media Guides - World Series, 1983-1995
1520Media Guides - All-Star Game, 1991, 1995

4. Photographs/Slides