Skip to main content

Ronnie Caveness Papers

Identifier: MC 2245

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs and memorabilia, including jerseys from the football career of Ronnie Caveness.


  • 1960 - 2017

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions apply: Textiles in boxes 3-5 can only be viewed with the assistance of an archivist.

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply. No Interlibrary Loan. Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Ronnie Caveness was born on March 6th, 1943, in Houston, Texas. Caveness earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas where he played college football as a linebacker. In 1963, Caveness was awarded the first team All-American by Football News. While on the team, Caveness led his team to an undefeated 1964 season. The 1964 Razorback team went on to win the National Championship, as they were the only team in the nation to go undefeated. After the 1964 season, Caveness was declared an All-American by several different outlets including The American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, and the Football Writers Association of America. Through these honors, he was the University’s first two-time All-American.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Caveness was drafted as the 16th pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. There, he played for the 1965 season and then played for the Houston Oilers through the 1968 season. He finished his professional football career with the New England Patriots, playing there for two seasons.

Following his football career, Caveness lived in Little Rock, Arkansas and worked as a sales manager. He also became president of the Little Rock Razorback Club. In 2010, Ronnie Caveness was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

This collection includes photographs and materials of Caveness’ sporting career, as well as team memorabilia of the teams Caveness played on. On May 10, 2014, Ronnie Caveness, passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 71.


11.12 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 5 OV folders)


Materials are arranged by size and then by team with smaller items first, then textiles, followed by oversize items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ronnie Caveness Papers were donated by Ronnie Caveness, Jr. of Fayetteville, AR on September 2021.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Martin and Amy Allen, completed in October 2021

Ronnie Caveness Papers
Margaret Martin and Amy Allen
October 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444