Slater, Colby E. "Babe." Collection

Collection Number: D-394

Correspondence, diaries, publications, ephemera, photographic material, and realia. Most of the collection pertains to Slater and the United States Olympic Rugby Team winning gold medals at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium (1920) and Paris (1924). The collection also includes material related to the history of the University of California, Davis; the First World War; agriculture; and the history of Yolo County, California
person picture

5.3 linear feet


1917 graduate of the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis) who served with the United States Army Medical Corps in France during the First World War. An outstanding athlete, Slater won Olympic gold medals for rugby in 1920 and 1924. Around 1927, he bought land in Clarksburg, California where he farmed for many years.

Inclusive Dates

1906-2001, (bulk 1917-1957)


California History

Additional Collection Information

Finding Aid on the Online Archive of California
Website highlighting the Colby E. "Babe" Slater Collection and the return of rugby to the Olympics


Most collections are stored offsite and need to be retrieved for your research visit. To begin the request process, researchers should request boxes via the Special Collections Request System (Aeon) at least seven business days before visiting. Please check your Aeon account to confirm that the item status is listed as “Available in Reading Room” before visiting.