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Our collections have supported the research into women’s bodybuilding, the health food industry, gender equity in collegiate sports, strength training pioneers, boxing history and, well, the list is quite extensive.  We are honored to have contributed to a better understanding of the role that sport, fitness, and health play in society.  Below is brief list of the researchers, and their respective publications, who have found our collections helpful.



Publisher or University / Date

Adams, Aubrey Hygieia’s Feast: the Making of America’s Health Food Culture Dissertation: University of California, Irvine, 2014
Adams,  Mark Mr. America : how muscular millionaire Bernarr Macfadden transformed the nation through sex, salad, and the ultimate starvation diet Harper, 2009
Bagley, Meredith Playing fair: the rhetorical limits of liberalism in women’s sport at the University of Texas, 1927-1992 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2010
Beckwith, Kimberly Ayn Building strength: Alan Calvert, the Milo Bar-Bell Company, and the modernization of American weight training Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2006
Berg, Brennan Toward sustainable public health programs: a case study of local physical activity approaches Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2012
Berryman, Jack W.  and Roberta J. Park, eds. Sport and exercise science : essays in the history of sports medicine University of Illinois Press, 1992
Black, Jonathan Making the American Body: The Remarkable Saga of the Men and Women Whose Feats, Feuds, and Passions Shaped the Fitness Industry University of Nebraska Press, 2013
Bourne, Nicholas David Fast science: A history of training theory and methods for elite runners through 1975 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Bowling, Lewis Resistance training: the total approach (inludes lengthy chapter on history of resistance exercise by Jan and Terry Todd) Carolina Academic Press, 2007
Bronner, Simon Manly Traditions Indiana University Press, 2005
Buck, Joshua Michael The Development of the Performances of Strongmen in American Vaudeville between 1881 and 1932 Thesis (M.A.) University of Maryland at College Park
Buckland, Gail Who Shot Sports? Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Chapman, David and Patricia Vertinsky Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women Arsenal Pulp Press
Chapman, David L Sandow the Magnificent University of Illinois Press, 1994
Chen, Yiming Analyzing the policy impact of the Olympic strategy on the soccer professionalization in China Thesis: University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Dimeo, Paul History of Drug Use in Sport 1876-1976 Routledge, 2007
Ernst, Robert Weakness Is a Crime: The Life of Bernarr Macfadden Syracuse University Press, 1991
Fair, John D Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of  York Barbell Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999
Fair, John D Mr. America: The tragic history of a bodybuilding icon  University of Texas Press, 2015
Fitzpatrick, Shanon Pulp Empire: Macfadden Publications, Transnational America and the Global Popular Dissertation: University of California, Irvine, 2013
Foutch, Ellery E. Arresting beauty: The perfectionist impulse of Peale’s butterflies, Heade’s hummingbirds, Blaschka’s flowers, and Sandow’s body Dissertation: University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Frueh, Joanna, Laurie Fierstein and Judith Stein, eds Picturing the Modern  Amazon Rizzoli, 2000
Gerling, Daniel American wasteland : a social and cultural history of excrement, 1860-1920 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2012
Gillerman, Sharon Jewish Masculinities Indiana University Press, 2012
Gils, Bieke Pioneers of flight: An analysis of gender issues in United States civilian(sport) and commercial aviation 1920-1940. Dissertation: University of Windsor, 2009
Gray, Susan An examination of selected gender-equity factors in NCAA Division 1-A intercollegiate athletics from 2001-2003 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2004
Guttmann, Allen The Erotic in Sports Columbia University  Press, 1996
Harrell, Baker Beyond obesity: historical, social change approaches to improve the fitness of Americans Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2014
Heffernan, Conor Physical Culture in Ireland: 1893-1939 Dissertation: University College Dublin, 2019
Heffernan, Conor Indian Club Swinging in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century India and England Thesis:  University of Cambridge
Hemme, Florian Change in a public-recreation organization: a multiple-case study Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2017
Hoberman, John Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport  Free Press, 1992
Hughes, Ellen Roney Machines for better bodies : a cultural history of exercise machines in America, 1830-1950 Dissertation: University of Maryland, College Park, 2001
Hunt, Thomas  Drug games: the international politics of doping and the Olympic movement, 1960-2007 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2007
Hunt, Thomas Drug games: the International Olympic Committee and the politics of doping, 1960-2008 University of Texas Press, 2011
Kasson, John F Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male  Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America Hill and Wang, 2001
Kioussis, George Exceptions and exceptionalism: the United States Soccer Football Association in a global context, 1950-1974 Dissertation: University of Texas as Austin, 2015
Kodya, Mark An exploration of the history of weightlifting as a reflection of the major socio-political events and trends of the 20th century Dissertation: State University of New York Empire State College, 2005
Kolata, Gina Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss and the Myths and Realities of Dieting Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Kolata, Gina Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth About Exercise and  Health Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003
Kunitz, Daniel Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors HarperCollins, 2016
Leamer, Laurence Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger St Martin’s Press, 2005
LeClaire, Chris Steve Reeves: Worlds to Conquer Monomoy Books, 1999
Liokaftos, Dimitrios Genealogy of Male Bodybuilding: from classical to freaky Taylor & Francis, 2017
Liokaftos, Dimitrios From ‘Classical’ To ‘Freaky:’ An Exploration of the Development of Dominant, Organised, Male Bodybuilding Culture University of London, 2012
Lowe, Maria R Women of Steel: Female Bodybuilders and the Struggle for  Self-Definition New York University Press, 1998
Lowe, Maria Renee Beauty, strength and grace : a sociological analysis of female bodybuilding Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 1993
Marino, Nicholas Muscular Articulations: Towards a Theorization of the Interaction between Rhetoric and Physical Fitness Dissertation: Purdue University, 2017
Morais, Dominic Gray Strength in numbers : “Strength & Health” brand community from 1932-1964 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2015
Morton-Brown,  Marla Annette Physiology as performance: the impact of female body building on the natural attitude Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Morawski, Erica “Weakness is a crime, don’t be a criminal” : the construction and dissemination of body images in Physical culture magazine Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2007
Murtha, Ryan “When the guns boom”: the 1968 Olympics and the massacre at Tlatelolco Thesis: University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Ozyurtcu, Tolga Flex marks the spot: histories of Muscle Beach Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2014
Padurano, Dominique Making American men: Charles Atlas and the business of bodies, 1892–1945 Dissertation: Rutgers The State Univ. of New Jersey, 2007
Palella, John M. For a Love of Beauty and Strength: “A History of Muscularity, Masculinities, & American Culture, 1880-1973 Dissertation: State University of New York at Albany, 2016
Pearl, Bill Legends of the Iron Game (Three Volumes) Bill Pearl Enterprises, 2010
Pena, Carolyn Thomas de la The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built the Modern American New York University Press, 2003
Pollack, Benjamin Richard Becoming Jack LaLanne Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Pope, Harrison G. Jr., Katharine A. Phillips, Roberto Olivardia The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession Free Press, 2000
Price, Asher Earl Campbell: yards after contact University of Texas Press, 2019
Price, Asher Year of the dunk: a modes defiance of gravity Crown, 2015
Radley, Alan The illustrated history of physical culture Alan Radley, 2001
Roach Randy Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors Vol. 3 AuthorHouse
Roach Randy Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors Vol. 2 AuthorHouse, 2011
Roach, Randy Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors Vol. 1 AuthorHouse, 2008
Robbins, Kevin Harvey Penick: the life and wisdom of the man who wrote the book on golf Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Schelfhout, Sam “It is ‘force majeure'”: the abrupt boycott movements of the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympic Games Thesis: University of Texas at Austin, 2017
Shukalo, Alice Marie Communing with the Gods: Bodybuilding, masculinity, and United States imperialism, 1875–1900 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2005
Shurley, Jason Strength for Sport: The Development of the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Silver, Mike Stars in the Ring: Jewish champions in the golden age of boxing Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
Tate, Don Strong Like Sandow Charlesbridge, 2017
Todd, Janice Suffolk Physical culture and the body beautiful: An examination of the role of purposive exercise in the lives of American women, 1800-1870 Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 1966
Todd, Terence The history of resistance exercise and its role in United States education Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 1983
Walsh, Shannon Leigh Muscular Maternity: Progressive Era Physical Culture, Biopolitics, and Performance Dissertation: University of Minnesota, 2011
Werbel, Amy Lust on Trial Columbia University Press, 2018
Wuestenberg, Pamela Admission policies for athlets: a survey of NCAA Division 1-A adminssion directors Dissertation: University of Texas at Austin, 2003