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Edited Autobiography of General Robert R. Neyland

Identifier: AR-0780

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Robert Neyland's edited autobiography from 1944 is hand-typed and bound in a hardback book. The piece is in good condition, but is filled with pencil marks and editing throughout the work. His autobiography covers topics spanning from his childhood, to his service in the Army during both World Wars, to his athletic career, and his time spent coaching for the University of Tennessee.


  • 1944

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This collection includes one typed copy of General Robert R. Neyland's edited autobiography. Topics covered include Neyland's deployment during the World War I &II, his political views, and his coaching career. The copy is hardback and has pencil marks for editing errors throughout the entire piece.

Biographical/Historical Note

General Robert Reese Neyland (1892–1962) was an American football player, coach and officer in the United States Army. He attended Westpoint Academy graduating in 1916 and reaching the rank of brigadier general after serving in WWI and WWII. On July 16, 1923, Neyland married Ada "Peggy" Fitch (September 1, 1897 – March 7, 1976) of Grand Rapids, Michigan.They had two sons, Robert, Jr., born February 11, 1930, and Lewis Fitch, born December 6, 1933.

General Neyland served three stints as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee (UT) from 1926 to 1934, 1936 to 1940, and 1946 to 1952. As head coach, he established a winning tradition with several undefeated season records and bowl wins. Neyland's record with the Tennessee Volunteers is 173 wins in 216 games, six undefeated seasons, nine undefeated regular seasons, seven conference championships, and four national championships. He is one the few college football coaches to have won national titles in two non-consecutive tenures at the same school. Neyland then went on to serve as UT athletic director from 1946 to 1962. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1956 and the plans he drafted for the renovation and expansion of Neyland stadium were used after his death to rennovate Neyland Stadium and formed the basis for the majority of expansion since the the late 1970s.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA