Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Title UA37 Faculty Personal Papers
Series 5. Edgar Allen Diddle
Creator Diddle, Edgar Allen, 1895-1970
Description Artificial collection of records created by and about E.A. Diddle during his tenure as athletic director and coach at Western Kentucky University from 1922-1964. It consists mainly of scrapbooks of clippings regarding Hilltopper basketball and get well cards. William Jenkins' interviews regarding Diddle used in preparation of his book Man with the Red Towel are also included.
Other Creators Gardiner, C. Harvey
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1922
Year Range To 1998
Admin / Biog History Edgar Allen Diddle was born near Gradyville in Adair County, Kentucky on March 12, 1895 to John Haskins and Mary Elizabeth (Hughes) Diddle. He attended Centre College in Danville from 1915 to 1917, entered the U.S. Army, then returned to Centre for a time. After coaching briefly at the high school level, Diddle arrived at Western Kentucky in 1922. He was initially athletic director and coach of all sports. As the Hilltoppers' men's basketball coach from 1922 to 1964, he compiled a career record of 759 victories and 302 defeats and took his teams to ten OVC championships, eight National Invitational Tournaments and three National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments. WKU's Diddle arena was dedicated November 7, 1963 in his honor. E.A. Diddle married his former women's basketball player Margaret Louise Monin in 1923. He died January 2, 1970. He was inducted into Western's newly created Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, and into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. [Encyclopedia of Kentucky]
Subjects Western Kentucky University
People Diddle, Edgar Allen, 1895-1970
Finding Aids
Related Publications Jenkins, William. The Man with the Red Towel. GV884.D53 M34x 2000
Related Materials MSS Montell, B91AF29 recording 31
UA1F - WKU Archives Vertical File
UA1C - University Archives Photograph Collection
UA1C11/16 E.A. Diddle Photograph Collection
UA19 - Athletics Department Records
Catalog Number UA37.5
Physical Characteristics Includes audio cassettes and reel to reel tapes which can be played. Use audio cassettes whenever possible.
Copyrights Photocopies of no more than 1/3 of the total.
Dates of Creation 1922-1998
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 12 boxes
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions see individual folders and images for restrictions
Parent ID UA37
Level of Description Series
Containers Baseball
Basketball, Women
Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Correspondence - Personal
Wetherby Photo Album
ROTC Summer Camp
Basketball Recruitment
Coach Diddle, Mister Diddle: Motivator of Men
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Hilltopper Scrapbooks
College High Scrapbook
Get Well Scrapbooks
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Film/Video/Audio File - Interviews
Scrapbook - Hilltoppers
Scrapbook - Hilltoppers
Film/Video/Audio File
Child Records UA37/5/1 E.A. Diddle Speech
UA37/5/2 E.A. Diddle Speeches and Interviews
UA37/5/3 E.A. Diddle Interview
UA37/5/4 E.A. Diddle Interview
UA37/5/5 Dero Downing & Kelly Thompson Interview
UA37/5/5 Coach E.A. Diddle Memorial Service