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Packers players carry coach Vince Lombardi off the gridiron at Lambeau Field after the team won the 1961 World Championship (before there was a Super Bowl)

When Vince Lombardi arrived in Green Bay in 1959, he told fans, "You will be proud of the team because I will be proud of the team." As you wait for a chance to show your Packer pride when they play in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, we thought you might enjoy brushing up on some Packers history. Here you can browse more than 1,000 pages of articles, books and pictures about the Packers. Most of this material is available through the generosity of the Green Bay Packers organization, which holds the copyright and allowed us to share these treasures with all Packers fans for nonprofit use.

The Early Years of Packer History

If you want to begin at the beginning, read Richard Von Scotter's 2005 article, "Big Bay Blue: When Curly, Johnny Blood, and Green Bay Showed the Way," from our "Wisconsin Magazine of History." You can follow that up by browsing dozens of Packers game programs and promotional materials from the 1940s, when Curly Lambeau was still in charge.

Documenting the Lombardi Era

Another collection of memorabilia that documents the arrival of coach Vince Lombardi includes tickets, booster tags and a 1963 letter from Lombardi to season ticket holders. The Packers also permitted us to share all 500 pages of pictures and articles contained in the yearbooks from the Lombardi Era, 1960-1967. Were you lucky enough to take in a game at Lambeau Field during one of those seasons?

At the peak of their fame, the team issued these 1966 and 1967 pre-season media guides. Network reporters used these 70-page pamphlets, produced by the Packers' public relations director, in the TV booth. The pamphlets brought together the history of the team, information about the players and coaching staff, and previous season statistics and records for easy reference.

In 1967, after nine winning seasons with the Packers, Lombardi decided to retire as head coach but retain his position as general manager. The Packers produced this commemorative book the following year to honor the man who brought glory back to Green Bay.

You'll find a more detached perspective on Lombardi in biographer Michael O'Brien's 1987 article, "In Search of Vince Lombardi: A Historian's Memoir." O'Brien describes the eight years he spent researching and writing a biography of the legendary Packers coach.

A Modern Packer Artifact

If you're still glowing from the Packers' victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game, you can learn about an earlier defeat of the Bears, just a week after the death of Reggie White, and see the jersey Brett Favre wore that day. Just three days before this 2005 Bears game, almost 50 current and former Packers attended White's funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Packers all wore a decal on their helmets with White's jersey number, 92, during the game. Quarterback Brett Favre wore this jersey to lead his team to a 31-14 rout of the Chicago Bears the following Sunday.

Finally, we've mounted a selection of Packers photographs, 1949-2009, online at Wisconsin Historical Images. Go Pack Go!

:: Posted February 3, 2011

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