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Notre Dame Archives

The University of Notre Dame Archives is responsible for the collection, maintenance, and preservation of the official records of the University of Notre Dame as well as other records that document the life of the Catholic Church and her people as lived in the American context.

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  1. A good friend of mine is an alumni of N.D. and he said it is one of the best colleges in the U.S. to attend. One day I’ll have an opportunity to see a football game in Irish country….how ironic that the founder was French.

    • We think it’s a great place too, but we are a little biased. 🙂

      While many students were and still are from Irish descent, Notre Dame’s early students also came from Polish, German, Italian, and Latin American descent. Around the turn of the 20th century, sports writers referred to Notre Dame’s sports teams by a variety of names, including Ramblers and Catholics. The “Irish” moniker may have come out of the stereotype of Catholics being Irish (particularly in large cities such as New York and Boston). During this time, Notre Dame was probably more known nationally as a premier Catholic institution than she was for having Irish immigrant students. We can only make guesses to the players’ heritages by their last names, but by looking at the football all-time line-ups, you’ll see many names that are not Irish, such as Schwartz, Carideo, and Savoldi, with a Norwegian Coach Knute Rockne.

      I hope you are able to come up for a game. It’s an amazing experience that should e on everyone’s bucket list.

  2. Effie says:

    Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?