Opening video courtesy of Sansom Media. 

Stark Center Re-Opening

We are pleased to announce that the Stark Center Reading Room will re-open – by appointment only – starting Monday, August 24th.   Our galleries and exhibits will remain closed through the fall semester.  The  Stark Center is located in the North End Zone (NEZ) building; to access this building you must complete a check-in procedure.  Once you schedule your appointment with us, we will email you the link to the form you’ll need to complete this procedure. To make your appointment, either call (512-471-0995) or email the Stark Center at least 30 minutes before you arrive.  For more information, click here.
–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.

The Ph.D. Program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies

The Ph.D. Program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies

Last October we celebrated our tenth anniversary with a special day-long event at the Stark Center for the subscribers of our journal, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture (now in its 30th year).  Many of our subscribers had never been to see the Center and so as we planned the day, we allowed plenty of time for wandering through the exhibits and then had several speakers who talked about how they used the Center for research.  Among those was Dr. John Fair whose forthcoming book on Olympic weightlifter Tommy Kono is based on the Kono archives, which John...

Barbells and Bios: Health and Strength Magazine, Part V

One of my favourite treats at the end of the year was the publication of sporting annuals. Based in Ireland, I would eagerly await the sale of soccer, rugby, boxing and wrestling annuals more so than my Christmas presents. Annuals offered an opportunity to reflect on the successes, and failures of the previous year. Much like these blog posts, they represented an opportunity to pause and reflect on some of the lesser known or understudied aspects of the sporting calendar. By now, my fondness for Health and Strength magazine is rather obvious. What continually draws me to this magazine is...

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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