November 17, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Football

Last Updated on December 10, 2021

"Red" Harold Grange

This primary source spotlight shines a light on the sport of American football.

Spinner Play, lithograph by American artist Benton Spruance – guided primary source analysis activities

Football images

Football films

Sports Byline USA radio program football audio recordings

Topics in Chronicling America – The 1905 Movement to Reform Football

More historic newspaper coverage of football

Books about football 1871-1923

Football” poem by Louis Jenkins

U.S. legislation related to football

National Football League background information and links Library of Congress Business Reference Services

Library of Congress blog posts

Today in History primary source collections

More curated collections of sports resources


  1. Here are two books that you might enjoy reading and connecting some primary sources to them.
    -Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football’s Greatest Battle
    by Lars Anderson

    – The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins.

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