KU Libraries launch crowdsourcing campaign to “Preserve the Phog”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Each spring, KU’s campus erupts with excitement as KU basketball competes in March Madness. This year, KU students and alumni cheer on the #1 ranked Jayhawks in hopes of reclaiming the national title.

KU Libraries have launched a crowdsourcing projected to honor and remember the late Forrest “Phog” Allen, known as the “Father of Basketball Coaching” and creator of the NCAA Tournament. “Cordially yours, Forrest Allen: Preserving the legacy of the Phog,” works to preserve memorabilia from KU legend, Phog Allen. The campaign draws on current enthusiasm to remind fans that without Phog, March Madness wouldn’t exist. Gifts can be made online at www.launchku.org/phog.

Allen is well known on KU’s campus for his vast contributions to Jayhawk basketball, winning 24 conference championships and three national titles. His legacy is partially honored through the Allen Fieldhouse, the basketball arena on KU’s campus.

The University Archives at KU Libraries has a vast physical archive of Allen memorabilia, documents and materials.

“Housing records in the University Archives does not, unfortunately, ensure that they will be available for long-term research use,” said Becky Schulte, university archivist for KU Libraries. “Creating a digital archive is state-of-the-art in today’s environment, guaranteeing the best means to make materials available for future generations.”

“Cordially yours, Forrest Allen: Preserving the legacy of the Phog” is an effort to remedy deterioration through the preservation and digitization of more than 66,000 Phog documents. KU Libraries are hopeful that crowdsourcing provides students, parents and KU fans an opportunity to support the preservation of a KU legend and have provided incentives for donations.

For more information on the campaign, incentives and to donate, visit www.launchku.org/phog. KU Libraries encourage engagement through social media sharing and commenting.

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