History Section
Created
5/27/01;
Updated
1/22/17

 






Featured Historical Research and Articles

One of the goals of this site is to explore the history of football at Northwestern.  Below are links to some of the original research into NU football history, and links to articles regarding the history of the 'Cats.


Here is a comprehensive history of NU's uniform,
from "NWU" jerseys to Under Armour...
 

The gallery covering 1895-1985 of
football program cover artwork...

 

Although the school does not recognize it, NU has
the oldest college program in the midwest...
 


Research provides several NU games
not in the official records...
 


In 2003, evidence came to light of NU's
tenth win in 1903...
 


Bio of College Football Hall of Fame
member Jimmy Johnson...
 

In 2005, the 'Cats celebrated 100 years of
playing football on Central Street...
 


What were the circumstances after the
Chicago Tribune called NU "The Wildcats"?
  

The list of all of the Wildcats historical trophies,
  including information about the Fire Bell...
 

The Wildcats were the first college team
to wear modern plastic helmets...

Visual proof that Art Murakowski's
1949 Rose Bowl touchdown was good...

Here is a detailed timeline of
Northwestern's Rose Bowl season...



Don't miss historical info in other sections, including Photos, 'Cat Data Extra (with info about home game site history, attendance records, and homecoming records), Bowl Histories, Lost Fight Songs, and more.


Non-Football Historical Research and Articles


The weird 100-year history of NU's annual candle ceremony...
 




Northwestern Wildcat Football: The Book


The 2005 book about NU football history is still available...




NU Football: An Anecdotal History

During the offseason HailToPurple.com occasionally posts small excerpts from Gary Barnett's High Hopes, Walter Paulison's Tale of the Wildcats, local newspaper columns, and several other sources that give anecdotal histories of Northwestern Football.  Click below to view the history passages, in the order of the events they describe.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three



NU's official football results (which can be found in the media guide)  include the dates of each game, the opponent played, the location and the score.  However, for many games between 1882 and 1937 some of this information is missing.   Using Tale of the Wildcats, James Howell's Web site research, old copies of the Daily Northwestern and the Chicago Tribune,  and other schools' media guides, I have tried to fill in some of the holes that are in the Northwestern football media guide's official history and game-by-game results.  Click below to view the current draft and "work in progress" list of NU games (Note: this file is NOT a Web html file, but an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file, which may be downloaded or simply invoked to view online: history.pdf