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Vic Boff Collection

Boff, a longtime physical culturist and founder of the Association of Oldetime Barbell and Strongmen, was friends with many people involved in the field, including George F. Jowett and Joe Bonomo. He was also the most well-known winter bather during the middle part of the 20th century.

Maude Frank Collection

Maude Frank, who lived on Long Island, became interested in the field of physical culture because of her conversion to vegetarianism.

IronMan physical culture magazines, first founded by publisher Peary Rader, waiting to be processed.

Sydell Herbst and Christopher Gian-Cursio Collection

Christopher Gian-Cursio was a naturopathic doctor, nutritionist, author, editor, and researcher. The collection reflects Gian-Cursio’s professional career as a practicing Natural Hygienist and his extensive research into the development and pioneers of the health movement in America, especially James Jackson’s “Our Home on the Hillside” Hygienic Institute in Dansville, N.Y. Also included in the collection...

Physical culture items, including books and a plaster cast of a hand, in a display case, in the Reading Room; a statue and photograph of former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry are in the background.

Charles Yesalis Collection

Dr. Charles Yesalis has studied the role of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and other performance enhancing drugs (PED) in sports and society for over twenty-five years.   He is considered a leading expert in the field and is often called upon to testify and explain the affects of AAS and PEDs on athletes.   This collection also includes...