1 box (.5 cu. ft.)..
Arranged in chronological order.
Ralph Douglass papers contain materials related to Douglass' work to create and gain NCAA approval for a new numerical font, Modern Gothic, to be used on football jerseys as a more legible alternative to the block font. Douglass argued his font could be more easily spotted and read by fans, journalists, people watching games on television, and especially in blurred photographs. The collection contains correspondence, news clippings, stencils, copyright information, advertisements, and an interview transcript. Also included are photographs of Modern Gothic used on football jerseys during games as well as a side by side comparison of fonts.
Ralph Waddell Douglass, professor and commercial artist, was born December 29, 1895 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1920 with a Bachelors of Arts. He moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1929 upon acceptance of a teaching position in calligraphy and painting at the University of New Mexico where he taught from 1929-1961. Douglass' ability with art is nationally well known, and his painting of the New Mexico scene is widely accepted. He has been represented in numerous group art exhibits and has held one-man shows in many universities. His interest in football led Douglass to develop a new style of lettering for athletic jerseys. This style is known as Calligraphic Lettering and was adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1956 and published by Watson Guptill Publications 1948. He died in Albuquerque on May 5, 1971.
Collection is open for research.
Cite as: Ralph Douglass Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
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