Scope and Contents
Formats include correspondence, ephemera, typescript and printed book draft manuscripts, clippings, printed material, photographs, video and audio recordings on various media, artifacts, scrapbooks, and digital files, among other materials.
Subjects include West's time at East Bank High School; his college recruitment and basketball career at WVU; his employment with the Lakers; the West by West book; West's career as a basketball coach for the Lakers and manager for the Memphis Grizzlies; his family life; events honoring West; various individuals, including Chick Hearn, Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley, Ann Dinardi, Jerry's brother David West, and the West and Creasey families; and other subjects.
For more information on Jerry West, see the Historical Note.
- 1938-2016, undated
- Majority of material found within 1950-2011
- West, Jerry, 1938- (Creator, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
West played basketball at East Bank High School, excelling enough to be invited to an all-star game in 1956. He then attended WVU, where he boarded in the house of Ann Dinardi and played for the basketball team under Coach Fred Schaus, earning a number of honors and awards.
After graduating in 1960, he began a very successful 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and co-captained the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome. His nicknames include "Mr. Clutch," for his ability to make big plays in clutch situations; "The Logo," in reference to his silhouette being used in the NBA logo; and "Zeke from Cabin Creek," for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West married his college sweetheart, Martha Jane Kane, in 1960. They had three sons, David, Michael, and Mark, before divorcing in 1976 or 1977. He married Karen Christine Bua in 1978, and they had two sons, Ryan and Jonnie.
After his playing career, West was head coach of the Lakers from 1976-1979. He then worked as a player-scout for three years, and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. He became general manager of the Lakers in 1982, and served as general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007.
19.1 Linear Feet (19 feet 1/2 in. (6 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (18 document cases, 5 in. each); (4 large flat storage boxes, 4 in. each); (6 large flat storage boxes, 1 1/2 in. each); (1 large flat storage box; 2 in.); (1 large flat storage box; 3 in.); (3 large flat storage boxes, 5 in. each); (4 large flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (1 artifact box, 4 1/2 in.); (4 records cartons, 15 in. each))
74.7 Gigabytes (1450 digital files)
- A&M 3884, Jerry West Papers
- Jane LaBarbara; Laureen Wilson
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