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The book Smoke Over America, by Jesse Mercer Gehman, and three anti-smoking posters by Gehman, from the Jesse Mercer Gehman Collection.

Jesse Mercer Gehman Collection

Dr. Gehman worked as an editor for Bernarr Macfadden in the 1920s, wrote one of the earliest books warning of the dangers of cigarette smoke (Smoke Over America) in the 1930s, and served as president of both the American Vegetarian Union and the American Naturopathic Society.  He was a discerning collector of early naturopathic and...

Roy J. McLean Collection

McLean was a University of Texas professor who also served as U.T.’s wrestling, weightlifting, and cross-country coach.

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...

Bodybuilder Pudgy Stockton doing a handstand, in a bikini, on the beach, from the Pudgy and Les Stockton Collection.

Pudgy and Les Stockton Collection

Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton played a central role in popularizing physical culture and exercise for women in the mid-Twentieth Century. She was born Abbye Eville on August 11, 1917, and lived most of her long life in Santa Monica, CA. In the late 1930s, she began working out with friends at Muscle Beach and quickly became...

A horseshoe, two Indian clubs, a Milo Adjustable Barbell and an American Continental Weight-Lifters Association (ACWLA) trophy.

Robert (Bob) Hoffman and Alda Ketterman Collection

Robert Collins Hoffman, who was 6′ 3″ by the age of thirteen, developed an early interest in athletics. He initially became involved in long-distance running and in water sports, competing in marathons and rowing championships. Hoffman first became interested in weightlifting in 1923 and formed the York Oil Burner Athletic Club, a team made up...

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