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Jefferson T. Hennessy Papers

Collection 155

Hennessy, Jefferson T. (1929-2015). Papers, 1958-1985, n.d.

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Jefferson Hennessy served as a member of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Health and Physical Education Department from 1959 until 1985. During that time, he coached the USL gymnastics and trampoline teams. His squads were among the best in the United States, and he coached several international champions. Hennessy was active in national and international trampoline organizations as an official and as a coach of U.S. national teams.

This collection reflects Hennessy's coaching career and his efforts to promote the sport of trampoline. It contains information on his USL squads and results of many of the meets in which they participated. The collection also has records reflecting Hennessy's involvement in international organizations.

There is a good deal of material on Hennessy's most successful pupils: Frank Schmitz, Wayne Miller, Leigh Hennessy, and Judi Ann Ford. Ms. Ford reigned as Miss America from 1968-1969.

Jeff Hennessy donated the collection.

Series:

A. Publicity  
  1. Clippings, etc. 1-1 through 2-14
  2. Programs 2-15 through 3-4
  3. Periodicals 3-5 through 3-11
B. Photographs  
  1. USL Club 4-1 through 4-8
  2. Other 4-9 through 4-16
C. Meet Results 5-1 through 6-5
D. Personal  
  1. Writings 6-6 through 6-13
  2. Correspondence and Records 6-14 through 7-7
  3. Family 7-8 through 7-13
E. Miscellaneous  
  1. Trampoline 7-14 through 7-17
  2. Gymnastics 7-18
  3. Diving 8-1 through 8-3
  4. Physical Education 8-4 and 8-5

Inventory:

   
A. Publicity
  1. Clippings, Press Releases, Articles, etc.
1-01 Gymnastics: 1959 - 1960: August
1-02 Gymnastics: 1960: December - 1961: August
1-03 Gymnastics: 1961: October - 1962: June
1-04 Gymnastics: 1962: October - 1963: June
1-05 Gymnastics: 1963: October - 1964: July
1-06 Gymnastics: 1964: September - 1965: July
1-07 Gymnastics: 1965: October - 1966: September
1-08 Trampoline: World Championships, 1966: April
1-09 Gymnastics: 1966: October - 1967: July
1-10 Gymnastics: 1967: September - 1968: August
1-11 Gymnastics: 1968: October - 1969: June
   
1-12 Judi Ann Ford: 1968: September - 1969: September
     
1-13 Gymnastics: 1969: October - 1970: August
     
1-14 Trampoline: 1970: September - 1971: May
1-15 Trampoline: 1971: November - 1972: August
2-01 Trampoline: 1972: October - 1973: August
2-02 Trampoline: 1973: September - 1974: August
2-03 Trampoline: 1974: September - 1975: August
2-04 Trampoline: 1975: September - 1976: July
2-05 Trampoline: 1976: December - 1977: July
2-06 Trampoline: 1977: October - 1978: August
2-07 Trampoline: 1978: September - 1979: July
2-08 Trampoline: 1979: August - 1980: August
2-09 Trampoline: 1980: September - 1981: August
2-10 Trampoline: 1981: September - 1985: May
    includes personal material on Hennessy and family
     
2-11 Swimming and diving: 1960
2-12 Swimming and diving: 1961
2-13 Swimming and diving: 1962
2-14 Swimming and diving: 1963-1964, 1967
   
A. Publicity
  2. Programs
2-15 National Gymnastics Clinic: 1961-1971
     
2-16 AAU Championships
    Gymnastics: 1962-1968; Trampoline: 1971; Trampoline and Tumbling: 1973-1978
     
3-01 NAIA and NCAA
    Gymnastics: NAIA: 1967, 1969; NCAA: 1970
    Trampoline: NCAA: 1969
     
3-02 World Championships
    World Age Group Championships: 1964-1974
    Final World Team Trial: 1970, 1972
     
3-03 International Meets: 1964-1974
     
3-04 Meets in Louisiana: 1968, 1976
   
A. Publicity
  3. Periodicals
3-05 Nissen News (US): 11/1965, 6-7/1970
3-06 Nissen News (GB) (International Trampoline Association News): 6/1965 - 6/1966, 8-9/1979
     
3-07 USTA News: (1973) - February, 1974
     
3-08 Other newsletters
     
3-09 Modern Gymnast: 10/1963; 3/1964; 2/1965; 4/1965; 5-6/1965; 1/1967
     
3-10 The US Gymnast: 12/1967, 11/1968
  The Gymnast: 1/1964, (10/1964)
  Acro Sports: 8/1876, 4-5/1977, 6-7/1977, 8-9/1978 [includes material on Leigh Hennessy's trip to Egypt]
   
B. Photographs
  1. USL Club
4-01 1959-1961
4-02 1962
4-03 1963
4-04 1964-1965
    for some negatives see 4-12
4-05 1966
4-06 1967
4-07 1969-1970
4-08 1974
    includes Jeff Hennessy, Jr. and Leigh Hennessy; negatives
   
B. Photographs
  2. Other
4-09 Trampoline workout (1962) (some negatives)
4-10 1960-1961: gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, diving
    Judy Wills, Linda Latiolais, Kenner Brousssard; some negatives
4-11 1961: Sarasota: prints and negatives
4-12 1963: miscellaneous
4-13 1967: NAAU; World Championship
4-14 1967: Sarasota
4-15 Hennessy, 1956-1963
4-16 Miscellaneous trampoline, n.d.; acrobatics
   
C. Meet Results (mainly score sheets)
5-01 1959-1960
5-02 1961: Spring
5-03 1962: Spring
5-04 1963: Spring - 1965: Spring
5-05 1966: Spring - 1967; Spring
5-06 1967-1968: notes, not scoring sheets
5-07 1969: Spring
5-08 1969: December - 1970: August
5-09 1970: October - 1971: August
5-10 1971: December - 1972: August: some score cards
5-11 1972: September - 1973: August
5-12 NAAU meet: March, 1973: score cards
5-13 1973: December - 1974: August
5-14 1974: September - 1975: August
6-01 1976: January - August
6-02 World Championships: 1976: July
6-03 1976: December- 1978: August
6-04 1979: March - 1980: July
6-05 1980: September - 1982
   
D. Personal
  1. Writings
6-06 Articles and papers
    "An Adaptation of Selected Trampoline Skills for Horizontal Bar Dismounts, " n.f.
    "A Positive Look at the Puck Position," AcroSport, April-May, 1978:22 also draft
    "The Relationship of Physical Fitness to Academic Success of Eighth-Grade Athletes," Education 501, Fall, 1957
    "Safety Awareness and Selected Trampoline Skills, (1980): letter to publisher
6-07 Articles and papers
    "Teaching Visual Awareness While Performing Twisting Somersaults," n.d.
    "Trampoline Twisting Techniques as Applied to Springboard Diving," 1983
6-08 Articles and papers
    "Rebound Diving," (1982) illustrations, letter
6-09 Articles and papers
    "A Fallacy: The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement - 'Trampoline',"3/5/1979 draft; letters
6-10 Trampoline section, Gymnastics Safety Manual, 2nd ed., edited by Gene Wettstone, University Park, Pa., 1979
    draft; page proof; letters
6-11 Thirty Five Years of Twisting Somersaults. Lafayette, 1985
     
6-12 Sections and chapters
    "Trampoline," World Book Encyclopedia, n.d. : drafts
    "Body Positions and Mechanics of Trampolining": chapter 2 of unidentified work, n.d.
     
6-13 Other
    material related to The Trampoline - As I See It: prospectus; letter
    outline of paper presented in Vancouver, B.C., Fall, 1981 (handwritten)
    bibliography, 1962-1966 (handwritten)
   
D. Personal
  2. Correspondence and Records
6-14 International trampolining: 1962 - 12/1964: AAU; FIT
6-15 International trampolining: 1965: January-June
7-01 International trampolining: 1965: July-December
7-02 International trampolining: 1966
   
7-03 U. S. Trampoline Champions in Action: 1965-1968
    materials related to trampoline training film
     
7-04 NAAU Trampoline Committee: 1965-1969
7-05 NAAU Trampoline Committee: 1970-1972
     
7-06 Proposed trips to China: 1973; 1983-1984
7-07 NASPE Hall of Fame nomination: 1980-1981
   
D. Personal
  3. Family
7-08 Jeff: articles about; certificates; memorabilia; etc.
7-09 Jeff: resumes, 1981-1983
7-10 Jeff: resume, 1984; Leigh: resume, 1984
7-11 Ruth: miscellaneous
7-12 Ruth: miscellaneous
7-13 Miscellaneous material about property
    Butcher Street; unidentified building
   
E. Miscellaneous
  1. Trampoline
7-14 International Trampoline Federation: documents on 1980 Congress
7-15 International Trampoline Federation: rule of competition, 1979
7-16 Articles
    See also: 8-01 and 8-05
7-17 Miscellaneous: instructor's manual; dealer catalogs; safety card
   
E. Miscellaneous
  2. Gymnastics
7-18 Miscellaneous
    study unit, 1958; dealers flyers, publications, etc.
    one contains mention of Frank Schmitz's death
   
E. Miscellaneous
  3. Diving
8-01 Articles: includes trampoline as instructional tool
8-02 Critique of Wayne Miller, Summer, 1962
8-03 Arcadia Air Products Company, 1960-1972, n.d.
 
E. Miscellaneous
  4. Physical Education
8-04 USL Health and Physical Education Department, Summer Employment Committee Records, 1977-1981, n.d.
8-05 Judi Ford Johnson
    papers written while student at University of Illinois, 1972: includes paper on trampoline