Introducing the




A New Stark Center Resource

Opening video courtesy of Sansom Media. 

Winter Storm Update — Stark Closure 

The Stark Center will be entirely closed for the next several weeks as we work on repairing damage caused by the recent winter storm in Austin.  Please read Jan Todd’s blog for details.

The Reading Room will not be open for study, and we will have limited ability to assist with research requests during this time. However, some staff will be working at home and will be able to provide assistance.  So please email us at this address or call us at 512-471-4890 and we will try to do what we can

We will post updates as soon as we know the full extent of the damage to The Center.

–Jan Todd, Stark Center Director.  


Welcome to the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. The Stark Center is a library containing thousands of books and magazines related to sports, fitness, nutrition, and alternative medicine; an archive containing films, photography, and the personal papers of prominent athletes, coaches, writers, and educators; a digital resource; and, an exhibit space, featuring The Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture.



Please Watch for Updates on Reopening. Some of the most beautiful photos ever taken show a totally still body of water in which the scenery on land is replicated in crystalline perfection in its mirrored surface. The photo might show a pond in New England reflecting the fall leaves, a lake out west reflecting the Rockies, or even a skyline reflected in the ocean on a still day at the beach.  Architects design special pools to create such double beauty like the one that runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital, and the gorgeous...

John Davis on the Cover of Ebony Magazine, May 1952

John Davis on the Cover of Ebony Magazine, May 1952

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to celebrate by sharing this issue of Ebony Magazine from May 1952. (Unfortunately, I’m late to publish this post due to Winter Storm Uri and the issues it created at The Stark Center. Please forgive my tardiness). In the lead up to the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, Ebony published articles previewing the Games and the Black athletes who were set to compete. The 1952 Summer Games were highly anticipated because, for the first time in history, the Soviet Union would send its best athletes to the competition. The Cold War was...

The Stark Center is a research center housed within the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education.  We are a unique combination of library, archive, and gallery/exhibit space.  Click on the images below for more information.

Browse the Complete Journal Archive


The Stark Center is committed to making its resources available to the public.  To that end, we are creating a variety of digital projects, including flipping books and interactive exhibits.


The Stark Center features collections from around the world related to all aspects of physical culture and sports.

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