Charles McCaffree Jr. Papers
UA.17.354

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
McCaffree, Charles
Title
Charles McCaffree Jr. papers
ID
UA.17.354
Date [inclusive]
1929-2011
Extent
3.5 Cubic feet 3 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 reel of film
Language
English

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/Historical

Charles McCaffree Jr. was born October 16, 1907 in Canova, South Dakota. McCaffree’s love of swimming began at the YMCA pool in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. From there, he followed his brother to the University of Michigan, where he competed as a freestyler under the direction of Coach Matt Mann. McCaffree graduated from Michigan in 1930 and got his first coaching job at Battle Creek High School where his teams won six straight state titles. In 1936, McCaffree returned to the University of Michigan to be the assistant swim coach to Mann, but it was only for a year. He got a job as the head swim coach at Iowa State from 1938-1941. Athletic Director Ralph Young invited McCaffree out to Michigan State College to view the new Jenison Field House facilities. At that point, Young hired McCaffree to be MSC’s new head swim coach. For the next 29 years, McCaffree, affectionately called “Coach MAC”, would be the head swim coach at MSU and lead his teams to many titles and championships. During his time, the men’s swim team had a record of 191-58-2. His teams won eight straight Central Collegiate Conference championships, two Michigan AAU titles, one Canadian crown, and one National AAU title, prior to State’s entry into the Big Ten. In 1957, the Spartan’s won their first Big Ten team championship and in NCAA competitions, his teams finished second once and third three times, and averaged nearly a fifth-place finish over the whole period. With the popularity of MSU’s swimming team, talented young men flocked to East Lansing. McCaffree had the chance to help coach U.S. Olympians, which included Howard Patterson, George Hoogerhyde, Clarke Scholes, Gary Dilley, Ken Walsh, and Pete Williams. Scholes and Walsh both won gold medals and Dilley won a silver medal. McCaffree also went on to coach other U.S. teams. In 1959, he was the head coach of the U.S. Pan American team and was assistant manager to the U.S. men’s team in the Olympic Games at Munich in 1972. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Water Polo Committee. He was also the meet manager of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in 1964 and 1968, meet director in 1972, and assistant meet director in 1976. Along with coaching, McCaffree served as secretary of the NCAA swimming rules committee, editor of the NCAA Swimming Guide, member and secretary of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Committee, member of the National AAU Men’s Swimming Committee and the National YMCA Aquatic Committee. In the summer of 1945, McCaffree was part of the U.S. Army Special Service Sports School as a staff member. In 1961, he was elected president of the College Swimming Coaches Association. Along with numerous awards, McCaffree was presented the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy in 1965 and inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976. McCaffree retired as the MSU head swim coach in 1969 and served as director of MSU Men’s Swimming Programs for the next five years. In 1975-1979, he was the executive secretary of the MSU Varsity Alumni ‘S’ Club. McCaffree was honored with the naming of the IM West pools, the Charles McCaffree Pools, during a halftime ceremony at the 1979 homecoming game. In 2011, McCaffree was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Throughout McCaffree’s career was his wife, Esther. They were married on December 28, 1933 in Cadillac, Michigan. They had four children together: David, Don, Chuck, and Peggy. Charles McCaffree died December 13, 1980 in Austin, Texas at the age of 73.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains papers, correspondence, articles, photographs, and scrapbooks all relating to Charles McCaffree Jr.'s coaching career. Materials include items relating to his pre-MSU days, the Porpoise Fraternity, and his time as the U.S. National Swimming Team coach. The photographs and scrapbook albums include Battle Creek High School swimming team, Iowa State College, University of Michigan, the Pan-American games, and photos of McCaffree. Awards, certificates, and plaques McCaffree received are also part of the collection. Also, a reel of film from the 1952 Olympics of the Men's 400 Meter Freestyle Semi-Finals.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2, 2015

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

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

Corporate Name(s)

  • Iowa State College.
  • Michigan State College.
  • Michigan State University. Porpoise Fraternity. Beta Chapter.
  • Michigan State University. Varsity S Club.
  • Pan American Games.
  • Rose Bowl (Football game). (1954 : Pasadena, Calif.)
  • United States Swimming (Organization).
  • University of Michigan.

Genre(s)

  • Certificates
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)
  • School yearbooks
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sports films

Personal Name(s)

  • McCaffree, Charles
  • McCaffree, David

Subject(s)

  • College sports
  • Olympic athletes
  • Olympics
  • Swimming
  • Swimming -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Swimming -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

58th Annual NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Program March 26-28, 1981 

5435 1

1957 Big Ten Championship Reunion September 2007 

5435 2

Big Ten Dual Swimming Meet Pamphlets 1960 

5435 6

Awards and Honors for McCaffree 1930-1963 

5435 3

Battle Creek High School 1931-1936 

5435 4

Battle Creek High School Yearbook 1936 

5435 5

Big Ten Swimming Championships 1957 

5435 7

"Biggie" Munn's 25th Anniversary...Program April 15, 1971 

5435 8

Bill Heusner Service Award 2010, 2013-2014 

5435 9

Charles McCaffree Award Information 2014 

5435 10

Central Sports School, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, U.S. Army 1945 

5435 11

Death Announcements and Memorials of McCaffree 1981 

5435 12

Drawing. "A Swimmer" May 30, 1959 

5435 13

Employment Offer to Work at MSC 1941 

5435 14

Friends of "Frim" Program (Lyman L. Frimodig) May 14, 1960 

5435 15

"General Record and Major Transformations in the Sport of Men's Swimming at Michigan State University" by James Stewart undated 

5435 16

History of McCaffree 1969, 1972, 1975, 1979, undate 

5435 17

Hubert E. Gluski Award List undated 

5435 18

International Swimming Hall of Fame Congratulatory Letters 1976 

5435 19

International Swimming Hall of Fame Inducting Charles McCaffree 1976 

5435 20

International Swimming Hall of Fame Inducts Clarke Scholes 1980 

5435 21

International Swimming Hall of Fame Programs 1970, 1975 

5435 22

Iowa State College 1937, 1941, undated 

5435 23

MAC Day May 18, 1974 

5435 24

MAC Day Congratulatory Letters April - June 1974, undated 

5435 25

McCaffree Awards and Certificates 1930 - 1974, undated 

5435 26

McCaffree Inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame 2011 

5435 27

Men's Senior National A.A.U. Outdoor Swimming and Diving Championship 1957 

5435 28

"The Mentor: Journal of the Coaching Professions" August 1960 

5435 29

Michigan A.A.U. Swimming Championships January 17, 1942 

5435 30

MSC Varsity Swimming Captains List 1922-1954, undated 

5435 31

MSU Olympians 1960, undated 

5435 32

MSU Swimming and Diving Media Guide 1995-1996 

5435 33

MSU Varsity Alumni "S" Club Olympic Library 2008, 2010 

5435 34

Naming of IM Pools to Charles McCaffree Pools 1979 

5435 35

NCAA Swimming Championship Sticker 1967 

5435 36

Newspaper Article Announcing Charles McCaffree's Birth from 1907 May 15, 1974 

5435 37

Newspaper Clippings. Pan American Games Swimming Tryouts May 28, 1959 

5435 38

Newspaper Clippings. McCaffree's Retirement July 22, 1969 

5435 39

Newspaper Clippings. MSC Swimmers 1947, 1950, 1960, 1967, undated 

5435 40

Newspaper Clippings. Olympics 1952 

5435 41

Newspaper Clippings. West German Swimming Championships 1969 

5435 42

Olympic Pictorial, United States Olympic Team Trials Program 1968 

5435 43

Porpoise Fraternity 1945-1949, 1955, undated 

5435 44

Prospects for '49 1949 

5435 46

Roger Harmon Death Notice undated 

5435 47

Rose Bowl Program, Ticket, and Sticket Pendant 1954 

5435 48

Swimming Championships Program Cover 1959 

5435 49

Swimming Pamphlet undated 

5435 50

"The Snake Dance of Youth, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity" by Charles McCaffree May 26, 1943 

5435 51

University of Michigan Assistant Swim Coach 1936, undated 

5435 52

University of Michigan Newspaper Clippings and Ticket Stubs 1926, 1928-1929 

5435 53

University of Michigan Report Card Circa 1937 

5435 54

U.S. Swimming Team Trip to Europe and the Near East 1955 

5435 55

U.S. Olympic Team Final Swimming Trials for Men and Women 1948 

5435 56

U.S. Olympic Teams 1972 

5435 57

Varsity Alumni 'S' Club Newsletter, Vol. 19 No. 1 Winter 1981 

5435 58

Varsity 'S' Club undated 

5435 59

Varsity 'S' Club Varsity Letter Membership Card February 19, 1942 

5435 60

Varsity Swimming Land Exercises for Competitive Swimming undated 

5435 61

Varsity Swimming Team Awards Program April 8, 1980 

5435 62

Washington High Schools, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Yearbook and clippings 1925-1926 

5435 63

White House Swimming Pool 1975 

5435 64

YMCA 1980, undated 

5435 65

Photographs 

Box Folder

300 Yard Medley Relay 1956 

5435 66

400 Yard Free Style Relay 1956 

5435 67

1957 Big Ten Championship Reunion September 2007 

5435 68

A.A.U. Award Swimming with McCaffree and Mike Burton 1970 

5435 69

Battle Creek High School McCaffree Award 1978 

5435 70

Battle Creek High School Team Photograph 1932-1936 

5435 71

Big Ten Championship at MSU 1959 

5435 72

Big Ten Swimming Championship 1959 

5435 73

Bob Allwardt and Orlin Johnston with "Spartan Spirit Conquers" S in Pool undated 

5435 74

Charles and Esther McCaffree and Clifton Wharton 1974 

5435 75

Charles and Esther McCaffree and Governor Earl Warren undated 

5435 76

Free Style Relay Team 1950 

5435 77

Freshman Swimming Team 1950 and 1958 

5435 78

Group of Central Sports School Men in Rome, Italy September 1945 

5435 79

Group of Faculty from the Central Sports School after meeting with Pope Pius XII July 29, 1945 

5435 80

Indoor and Outdoor Pools 1959 

5435 81

Iowa State College Freshman Team 1941 

5435 82

Life photo of Clarke Scholes and Ray Reid May 26, 1951 

5435 83

MAC Day October 20, 1979 

5435 84

Matt Mann's Boys Coaching - NCAA East Lansing, Michigan 1941 

5435 85

McCaffree, Charles Jr. 1929, 1975, 1979, undated 

5435 86

McCaffree Awards and Certificates 1956-1980 

5435 87

McCaffree Accepting the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy 1965 

5435 88

McCaffree and Group picture undated 

5435 89

McCaffree at the Aquatic School 1949 

5435 90

McCaffree in Swim Gear and the Battle Creek High School Swimming Team 1930 

5436 1

McCaffree Indoor Pool undated 

5436 2

McCaffree Inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame 1976 

5436 3

McCaffree Pool Side at the West Pool undated 

5436 4

McCaffree standing Pool side undated 

5436 5

McCaffree with Gift at Retirement 1969 

5436 6

Medley Relay Team 1949-1950 

5436 7

Michigan Big Ten Dual Meet Champions 1930 

5436 8

Michigan Coaches NCAA, Ann Arbor 1939 

5436 9

MSC Swimming Team. Cincinnati Trip 1948 

5436 10

MSC Swimming Team. Nebraska Trip 1948 

5436 11

MSC Swimming Team. Yale Trip 1948 

5436 12

MSC Swimming Team Members 1946-1954, undated 

5436 13

Naming of the IM West Circle Pool to the Charles McCaffree Pools 1979 

5436 14

NCAA Championships. 400 Year Freestyle Relay Team 1958 

5436 15

NCAA Championships. 400 Yard Medley Relay Team 1958 

5436 16

NCAA Championships. SMU. Matt Mann's Boys Coaching Swimming 1960 

5436 17

NCAA Championships. University of Texas 1951 

5436 18

NCAA Championships. Yale. Matt Mann's Boys Coaching Swimming 1946 

5436 19

NCAA Championships Awards undated 

5436 20

NCAA Swimming Rules Committee Meeting April 1, 1957 

5436 21

Pan American Games 

Box Folder

Pan American Games 1959 

5436 22

Charles McCaffree thrown into the Pool 1959 

5436 23

Charles McCaffree wearing Pan American Games Blazer 1959 

5436 24

Swimmers Showing their Medals 1959 

5436 25

Men's Swimming Team 1959 

5436 26

Pan American Swimming and Diving Tryouts 

Box Folder

"Biggie" Munn presenting an Award 1959 

5436 27

Charles McCaffree and Ray Daughters 1959 

5436 28

Clarence Pinkston and Barbara Gilders 1959 

5436 29

Place Winners 1959 

5436 30

Place Winners 110 Yards Backstroke 1959 

5436 31

Place Winners 220 Yards Freestyle 1959 

5436 32
Box Folder

People Eating Dinner undated 

5436 33

Porpoise Fraternity Outstanding Freshman Swimmer Award 1950 

5436 34

Porpoise Swimmers Bust 1948 

5436 35

Porpoise Water Show 1953 

5436 36

Reunion of University of Michigan Swimmers May 1980 

5436 37

Swim and Stay Fit with the the Ingham Co. Chapter and Michigan State Police. McCaffree and John B. Swainson, Governor of Michigan undated 

5436 38

Swimming Clinic with McCaffree and Adolph Kiefer undated 

5436 39

Swimming Coaches Association of America Awards Presentation 1961 

5436 40

Swimming Team Member 

Box Folder

Baldwin, Charles undated 

5436 41

Barber, Thomas Circa 1944 

5436 42

Dilley, Gary undate 

5436 43

Ducleck, John undated 

5436 44

Duke, Jim undated 

5436 45

Dzioba, Ed undated 

5436 46

Gluski, Hubert undated 

5436 47

Hefferman, Harold 1943 

5436 48

Hellwege, John undated 

5436 49

Himmelein, Fred 1942 

5436 50

Korten, Don undated 

5436 51

Miller, Roger undated 

5436 52

Paganini, Frank 1956 

5436 53

Paton, Henry Don undated 

5436 54

Patterson, Donald 1959 

5436 55

Patterson, Howard undated 

5436 56

Patton, David undated 

5436 57

Payette, Thomas 1955 

5436 58

Scholes, Clarke 1952 

5436 59

Seibold, Dave undated 

5436 60

Seibold, Jack undated 

5436 61

Shoup, Harold A. undated 

5436 62

Stewart, William 1959 

5436 63

Stillman, Frederick 1945 

5436 64

Williams, Ray undated 

5436 65

USA Olympic Men's Swimming Team Group Photo 

Box Folder

 1948 

5436 66

 1968 

5436 67

 1972 

5436 68
Box Folder

Varsity Swimming Team 1950, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1959 

5436 69

Women at the Outdoor McCaffree Pool undated 

5436 70

Scrapbooks 

Box Folder

MAC Day 1974 

5436 71

Visit to Europe 1945 

5436 72

McCaffree Stepping Down as Head Swimming Coach 1965-1969, undated 

5436 73

Olympic Patches and McCaffree Accepting Award 1964-1970, undated 

5436 74

United States Olypmic Men's Swimming Team 1972 

5436 75

Audio Visual 

Reel Carton

Film. Men's 400 Meter Freestyle Semi-Finals for 1952 Olympic Games 1952 

1 1

Oversize Materials 

Box

NCAA Championships, University of Texas, Austin, Texas (10 photographs) 1951 

5726

National Collegiate Champions 400 Yard Relay (3 photographs) 1951 

5726

Michigan - Big Ten - NCAA Champions Group Photo 1928 

5726

University of Michigan Water Polo Team Group Photo (2 photographs) 1929-1930 

5726

Iowa State College - Big Six Champions (4 photographs) 1938-1941 

5726

Michigan Big Ten Dual Meet Champions 1930 50th Reunion May 1980 

5726

Certificates 

Box

U.S.A. Air Forces Rest Camp 1945 

5726

National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Merit Award 1964 

5726

National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Life Membership 1960 

5726

National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Presents Honorary and Life Membership March 24, 1971 

5726

Plaques 

Box

College Swimming Coaches Associaton of America 

5437
Box

 March 22, 1961 

5437

 July 1, 1969 

5437

 March 21, 1973 

5437

The International Swimming Hall of Fame April 19, 1976 

5437

United States Olympic Committee Circa 1975 

5437

For Outstanding Service, Long Beach, The International City Circa 1968 

5437

National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association March 24, 1971 

5437

The College Swimming Coaches Association of American, Inc. 1974 

5437

Outstanding Contributions to the Sport of Swimming from the Class of '66 Circa 1966 

5437

Swimming Hall of Fame making McCaffree as a Charter member 1971 

5437

Appreciation of efforts in Support of the United States Olympic Swimming Team Circa 1976 

5437