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Old 06-08-2016, 09:15 PM
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Default William Reid Harvard Coach Photo Question

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I recently acquired the cabinet photo scanned below. Is this William Reid the coach of Harvard football in the early 1900s? I believe it is, but it is always good to check. I also was pleased to read about his involvement with Roosevelt to make the game less violent. Please feel free to show any other items related to Reid or Harvard during his time there.

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:33 PM
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According to Intercollegiate Football 1869-1934 Reid graduated Harvard in 1901 and coached Harvard for the 1901, 1905, and 1906 seasons - in The History of Football at Harvard 1874 - 1948 they don't picture him as a coach, but do have this photo as a player



In the more recent book, Images of Sport, Harvard Football, they have a different photo and a brief write up




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Old 06-09-2016, 03:06 PM
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My copy is packed away but I believe there are some photos of Reid in the book BIG-TIME FOOTBALL at HARVARD, The Diary of Coach Bill Reid. I know there is a photo of him on the cover and it seems like there is a small photo section inside?
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:45 PM
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Thanks guys! The dealer I bought it from actually had the Harvard Athletics book with him and did show me the photos in there. They certainly look like him to me but I am not an expert. The dealer said he had several items from the Reid estate and is fairly certain this photo came with the other items. I have no idea what else he had, but I am glad this photo was saved (he bought the items in the early 1980s and sold the other stuff around the same time). I do trust his memory but I always like to get confirmation. I can post a 600 dpi scan if anyone needs it for facial comparison. Again, he does look very similar to the photos revmoran posted (at least to me).

Alan
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:37 AM
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Hi-
I spoke to the dealer yesterday, and he confirmed he purchased the photo directly from Harvard's archives. He had a friend who worked there and let him know that when the Reid family donated their papers related to William. Harvard had duplicates of this photo, and one of Reid in a baseball uniform, and they actively sold their duplicates during this period. Thanks again for everyone's help.

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