Introducing the




A New Stark Center Resource

Opening video courtesy of Sansom Media. 

Winter Storm Update — Stark Closure 

Due to on-going repair of storm-related damage, the Stark Center galleries remain closed (as of April 2021).  However, the Reading Room is open and we welcome visitors.  Students and researchers wishing to visit the Reading Room may do so between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.  Please note that covid-related building access procedures are still in place.  Email us at this address or call us at 512-471-4890 for more information.

To learn more about the damage to our galleries, please read Jan Todd’s blog for details.

We will post updates as soon as we learn them.

–Jan Todd, Stark Center Director.  


Advertisement for the 2021 Clyde Rabb Littlefield Lecture


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...

Clyde Littlefield & The Texas Relays

Clyde Littlefield & The Texas Relays

After last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are back! This year’s meet is slightly different than usual. It will not include high school teams or individual athletes and it will take place over three days instead of four. The Clyde Littelfield Texas Relays is one of the nation’s premier track & field events. Top-level athletes, their coaches, and track & field fans from all over the Southwest travel to the University of Texas every spring to compete. Last year’s cancellation was the first since 1935, so in celebration of the meet’s return —...

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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