University Libraries is joining Ohio State’s celebration of Woody Hayes birth with both physical and digital exhibitions of the famed coach’s life.
A display of memorabilia belonging to Coach Hayes and his wife Anne is on display through February 28 in the Special Collections area on the first floor of the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue.
The exhibit uses photographs, documents, books, and artifacts from the Wayne W. “Woody” Hayes Papers and other archival collections to tell the story of Hayes’ successful football coaching career at Ohio State as well as other less well known aspects of his life and career, such as his interest in military history and politics.
Some of the highlights include one of Hayes’ playbooks, family photos, letters from US Presidents Ford and Nixon, a piece of a goal post from the 1955 Rose Bowl, and the couch from Hayes’ office.
A second digital display, “Woody Hayes: 100 Years On and Off the Field,” recalls Hayes time at Ohio State, his education and military service, politics and philanthropy, and his family and friends.