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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 June 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, by appointment only.   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.

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 Terry Todd “Special Issue” of Iron Game History

The Terry Todd “Special Issue” of Iron Game History

Since we began Iron Game History in 1990, we’ve dedicated a full issue of Iron Game History to one person as a memorial tribute on several rare occasions. The last person to be so honored, in fact, was Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Tommy Kono whose life is detailed in a special double issue of IGH published in 2017. Last month, however, we mailed out a very different kind of special issue about the life of Terry Todd, who passed away in 2018. Instead of having people write tributes to Terry, I decided to republish pieces written by Terry at various...

STRONGMAN PROJECT Celebrates the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo by Looking Back at the Golden Age of American Weightlifting

STRONGMAN PROJECT Celebrates the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo by Looking Back at the Golden Age of American Weightlifting

According to weightlifting historian John Fair, the Golden Age of American Weightlifting was defined as the period from 1945 to 1960. It was a time when American athletes regularly populated the podiums of international weightlifting competitions. In fact, counting from the Paris World Championships in 1946 through the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the United States weightlifting team won seven of eleven world team titles and more than half of the individual titles. Some of the greatest lifters in history were members of the United States weightlifting teams during this successful run of years. Over on Strongman Project, we have...

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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