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Joseph Maczuga Collection

Father of donor Jackie Berry, Maczuga, a weightlifter and Rhode Island native, was a prolific collector of weight training and gymnasium equipment.

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...

Bodybuilder David P. Willoughby's Arm Art Drawing, including an arm and a dumbbell, from the David P. Willoughby Collection.

David Willoughby Collection

Willoughby was a weightlifting historian, artist, and anthropometrist. He authored a number of books, including The Super Athletes; helped form the ACWLA; and wrote hundreds of articles on physical culture.  He began weightlifting as a teenager, winning an A.A.U. National Championship in 1924.  Along with George Jowett and Ottley Coulter, he formed the American Continental Weight...

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...

Wrestler and strongman George F. Jowett pressing a barbell overhead with one hand, from the scrapbooks in the George F. Jowett Collection.

George Jowett Collection

Jowett was a strongman, promoter, author, and magazine editor whose career spanned the period 1910-1960. With David Willoughby and Ottley Coulter, he helped found the ACWLA, and also helped Bob Hoffman start Strength & Health magazine. He later aided Joe Weider during Weider’s early days as a magazine publisher. The contents of the Jowett Collection include scrapbooks,...

Bodybuilder Doris Barrilleaux at the 2011 Opening of the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture; a photograph of Barrilleaux posing and another of her with bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger are two of the four photographs in the background.

Doris Barrilleaux Collection

Known as the “First Lady of Bodybuilding,” Doris Barrilleaux founded the Superior Physique Association (SPA), and had leadership positions with the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) and American Federation of Women’s Bodybuilding (AFWB). The part of the collection that has been processed (see finding aid link below) showcases Barrilleaux’s involvement with bodybuilding and the sport’s...

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