Southern Methodist University

Fred Benners scrapbooks and clippings

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Benners, Fred Hagaman
Title: Fred Benners scrapbooks and clippings
Dates: 1936-1956
Abstract: Fred Benners played football and baseball for Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1952. His scrapbooks and clippings reflect his athletic career.
Accession No: SMU 2006.0395
Extent: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Fred Benners (born in 1930) attended Highland Park High School, where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduating in 1947, Benners attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee before transferring to Southern Methodist University in 1948.

Fred Benners played football for SMU from 1949 to 1951. His greatest contribution to the team was his passing skills, especially during a key game leading SMU to victory against Notre Dame (27-20) in 1951.

While at SMU, Benners was also a member of the Air Force ROTC and the baseball team. He was drafted by the New York Giants to play football professionally.

After one year of professional football, Benners returned to SMU to work on a law degree and was admitted into the bar. In 1954 he was assigned to the legal office at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. After returning to Dallas, Benners served as a co-chairman for the Young Voter's Committee of Dallas County in 1961 and practiced as an attorney in torts and probate law.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains numerous newspaper clippings in scrapbooks and loose clippings pertaining to Benners’ career as an SMU athlete and as a professional athlete with the New York Giants football team. The clippings span from 1936 until 1956, with the majority concentrated from 1950 to 1953.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Newspaper Clippings and Publications
Series 2: Scrapbooks


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Benners, Fred Hagaman.
Southern Methodist University -- Football
New York Giants (Football team)
Football players.

Related Materials

Fred Benner photographs are also found in the "Heritage Hall collection of Southern Methodist University athletics photographs and memorabilia." (SMU 2007.0406)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fred Benners scrapbooks and clippings, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Gerry York, 2006.

Custodial History

Fred Benners donated these scrapbooks and clippings during the construction of Heritage Hall (SMU sports museum in Paul B. Loyd, Jr. All-Sports Center). Gerry York deposited them to the SMU Archives in December 2006.

Processing Information

Miles Vaughn processed this collection and wrote the finding aid in the summer of 2007.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Newspaper Clippings and Publications, 1936-

This series contains newspaper clippings, magazine covers and articles concerning Fred Benners' athletic career at SMU and with the New York Giants.
Box Folder
1 1 1936 Newspaper Clippings
2 1947 Newspaper Clippings
3 SMU Baseball 1950
4 1950 SMU vs. Ohio State
5 1950 Newspaper Clippings
6 1950 All-Southwest Conf. Football Squad certificate
7 1951 Season
8 1951 SMU 27 – Notre Dame 20
9 1952 Newspaper Clippings
10 1953 Newspaper Clippings
11 Publications
12 W.H. Benner (Father) Clippings
13 Park Cities History Articles

Series 2: Scrapbooks

This series contains two large scrapbooks with newspaper clippings concerning Benners' athletic career.
2 "The Dallas Morning News" Scrapbook
3 "Scrap Book" of Newspaper Clippings