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Terry and Jan Todd Library

Terry and Jan Todd Library

Terry Todd began collecting books and magazines in the field of physical culture as a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1960s. He was encouraged in this effort by his weightlifting coach, Professor Roy J. McLean, who shared Todd’s love for the history of strength training.  Professor McLean had accumulated...

Judy Gedney Collection

udy Gedney, a retired college professor, has been involved in powerlifting as a competitor and administrator since the late 1970s and has won many national and world championships and set many national and world records in the sport.

Alton Eliason Collection

Eliason was a gym owner in the 1930s and 1940s, a writer, a collector, and a lifelong physical culturist and organic gardener who also promoted bodybuilding and weightlifting competitions in the New England area.    

David Chapman Collection

Chapman is a collector, journalist, and author of several books, including Sandow the Magnificent.

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.

William B. Ward Collection

William B. Ward Collection

A Wichita Falls, Texas native, William B. Ward was an avid sports fan and collector of sports memorabilia. Reflected in the contents of this collection is Mr. Ward’s lifelong passion for all sports, but particularly those of Texas and California, the two states in which he lived.   The Ward Book Library (searchable via the UT...

Albert Davis Boxing and Sport Photography Collection

Albert Davis Boxing and Sport Photography Collection

Albert Davis was a theater and sports enthusiast and an avid collector of theater and sports-related memorabilia. At the time of his death, his collection contained 100,000 photographs.  This collection contains the sports photography portion of his collection and includes photographs and cabinet cards of such boxing and wrestling legends as John L. Sullivan, Jack...

Thomas “Stout” Jackson Collection

Stout Jackson was a traveling strongman from Texas who toured the western US in the early part of the twentieth century, generally appearing in small towns and county fairs. He later settled in south Texas, designed and built several outdoor theaters and drive-in movies, and sometimes gave strength exhibitions.

William Taft Collection

Retired University of Missouri journalism professor and Bernarr Macfadden scholar, Taft collected an amazing array of research materials on Bernarr Macfadden.