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York Barbell Company iron boots, designed to allow weightlifters to attach barbell plates to either side of the boots.

Barbells & Bios: Iron Boots

Iron Boots are an item long since forgotten by the fitness industry. Difficult to put on, dangerously loose at times and quite awkward to use, it is unlikely that the boots were built to last the tests of time. Tucked away in the back end of the Stark Center’s archives are several pairs of Iron...

December 10, 2019January 31, 2020
Headshot of IronMan magazine founder Peary Rader, in a suit, from the Peary and Mabel Rader Collection.

Barbells & Bios: The Peary and Mabel Rader Collection

  Fans of the Iron Game will undoubtedly be familiar with the name Peary Rader. For more than fifty years, Peary, and his wife Mabel, oversaw the organization, publication and popularization of Iron Man magazine from their home town in Nebraska. They also proved pivotal in the organization of American weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding, for...

October 4, 2019February 19, 2020
Front Cover of Prof. Attila Scrapbook

Professor Attila’s Scrapbook

The digitization of the pages in Attila’s scrapbook was made possible by a grant from the Utopia Project, an outreach of the General Library System at The University of Texas at Austin. The images were done on a special scanner that allows the book to rest upward in an open position rather than having to...

Wrestler and strongman George Hackenschmidt, with a sash of championship medals, and in a front single biceps pose, from the George Hackenschmidt Collection.

George Hackenschmidt Scrapbook

We are happy to make available the digitized version of one of our most important documents—the 600-page scrapbook owned for decades by George Hackenschmidt, the World Wrestling Champion during the early part of the 20th century. Read More about the scrapbook To learn more and to view other resources about George Hackenschmidt, check out the...

The cover of the University of Texas The Longhorn football program, the first time the term Longhorn was used, from the Clyde Raab Littlefield Collection.

Commemorative 1914 UT Longhorns Publication

Publication from 1915 celebrating the 1914 UT football season. The game-by-game feats and their measures are chronicled within its pages. We welcome you to deepen your understanding of this historic season through this digitized artifact. To learn more UT’s Football Program check out our online exhibit “Longhorn Legacy“.

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength) by Edmond Desbonnet

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength) by Edmond Desbonnet

Les Rois de la Force (The Kings of Strength), written by French physical culturist and magazine publisher Edmond Desbonnet, is regarded by sports historians and private collectors as one most significant books ever published on the history of the Iron Game. Although not yet published in an English translation, what makes the book so valuable...