Ten Years Strong

Join us as we celebrate the Ten Year Anniversary of the Stark Center.

Opening video courtesy of Sansom Media. 

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), The Stark Center is temporarily closing to visitors until further notice. Center staff will be working during this time and will happily respond to research requests during this period; please email (rather than phone) the Stark Center or the individual staff member you wish to reach. Please note that our digital collections, e-books, and the back issues of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture remain online and available to the public. Thank you for understanding. Please check back for updates and additional information. Stay Safe!
–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.


Congratulations to Ryan Murtha!

Congratulations to Ryan Murtha!

Ryan’s essay, “Untangling the Differences between Live and Filmed Sport, or Why are Sports Movies Bad?” was selected for the R. Scott Kretchmar Student Essay Award by the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS). A three-member IAPS panel grants the award to an essay of outstanding quality addressing any philosophical issue arising in sport or a related area. Ryan will present his essay at the Annual Meeting of IAPS. Ryan Murtha is a PhD student in the Physical Culture & Sport Studies program. Originally from Philadelphia, he majored in economics and history as an undergrad before coming to...


Wilmer Allison and Dave Snyder Tennis Collection Photos

As a center for the history of sport and physical culture, the Stark Center benefits greatly from the rich athletics tradition of the University of Texas at Austin. Today’s short post looks at one of the sports in which the University of Texas has excelled for most of a century, tennis.  The Stark Center has holdings relating to two of the school’s most famous tennis coaches, Wilmer Allison and Dave Snyder. This post discusses images of the two coaches found in the Wilmer Allison and Dave Snyder Tennis Collection. These photographs give a brief insight into the mens’ respective tenure...

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.

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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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