Charles W. Bachman Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bachman, Charles W., 1892-1985
Charles W. Bachman papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Charles W. Bachman, Jr. was born in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. Charlie played football for the University of Notre Dame 1914-16 and was a teammate of Knute Rockne's. He was the head football coach at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1933-1946. He also coached at Northwestern University, Kansas State University, the University of Florida and Hillsdale College.

The MSC football team was highly ranked during Bachman's years as coach and beat the University of Michigan four consecutive seasons (1934-1937). They also played in the 1938 Orange Bowl - Michigan State's first bowl appearance.

Charlie Bachman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978. Bachman passed away in 1985 at the age of 93 in Port Charlotte, Florida.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes correspondence of Charles W. Bachman regarding his nomination to the Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1978, and Michigan State Hall of Fame in 1981. There are also copies of newspaper and magazine articles relating to Bachman's career, as well as an obituary. There are two photographs of Charlie Bachman.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2015

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • Bachman, Charles W., 1892-1985
  • Heppinstall, Jack
  • Johnson, Henry A.


  • College sports
  • Football
  • Football coaches -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Newspaper clippings (copies) 1943, 1978, 1985 

F.D. 1

Correspondence 1916, 1978, 1981, undated 

F.D. 2

Photographs 1933, 1942 

F.D. 3