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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...

Gustave “Pig” Dittmar Scrapbook

Gustave “Pig” Dittmar Scrapbook

In 1917, when Gustav Charles Dittmar graduated from UT and entered the First Officer’s Training Camp in San Antonio, he left behind four years of fascinating memories.   There were the tough games against Notre Dame and A&M, the intense training camps in San Marcos, the relaxation of Barton Springs and the comradery of fraternity parties. ...

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...

Front Cover of Physical Culture February 1900

Physical Culture, 1899-1910

Launched in March 1899, Physical Culture, published by Bernarr Macfadden, contained dietary advice, weight training information, and an incredible collection of health-related articles. It continued to be published, with a number of name changes, until the early 1960s. Click on the button below to read through a selection of Physical Culture magazines dating from October 1899 to...

Front Cover of the 1910 UT Football Thanksgiving Game Program

Texas vs Oklahoma 1910 Football Program

No Bevo, no “burnt orange,” and no “Hook ‘em.” No email, no cell phones, no 747s. The NCAA was barely five years old, the forward pass was a controversial rule change, and a touchdown was worth five points. The year was 1910 and these were just some of the conditions under which H.J. Lutcher Stark,...