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Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture(IGH) was founded in 1990 by Terry and Jan Todd who wanted to promote academic scholarship related to the history of the strength sports, exercise, nutrition, training for sport, and other aspects of physical culture.  Like the Stark Center itself, Iron Game History defines physical culture as “the various activities people have employed over the centuries to strengthen their bodies, enhance their physiques, increase their endurance, improve their health, fight against aging, and become better athletes.”  IGH has published a wide variety of articles over the past thirty years that have explored physical culture from historical, sociological, anthropological, and gender and race-based approaches. 

Below, you will find a fully searchable archive of all past issues of Iron Game History. Please note that all material in Iron Game History is subject to copyright. Requests to reprint articles or photographs should be sent to Jan Todd.

Iron Game History welcomes contributions from scholars at all stages of their careers and from all academic disciplines.  It also welcomes memory pieces and other kinds of articles that are not traditionally “academic.”  Please contact Jan Todd if you have an idea for an article.

Beginning in February 2020, IGH will be published twice per year in longer format.  For now, our subscription prices will remain the same:

Subscriber: Four Issues –  $25.00 (add $5.00 for international addresses)

Subscriber: Eight Issues – $40.00 (add $5.00 for international addresses)

Fellowship Subscriber: Eight Issues – $60.00 (includes $20.00 donation to Stark Center)

Patron Subscriber: Eight Issues – $100.00 (includes $60.00 donation to Stark Center)

Fellowship and Patron subscribers are recognized on the inside cover of each issue.

Renew now to take advantage of this special price—it will not last long.  We will be raising the costs of our print journal once we establish the cost of our new format and, especially, the escalating cost of postage. 

You can purchase back issues of Iron Game History. Click here for a price list.

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c/o Kim Beckwith
Stark Center/University of Texas at Austin
403 DeLoss Dodds Way, NEZ 5.700
Austin TX 78712

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Other methods of payment may be available; contact Kim Beckwith or Jan Todd for more information.

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Like other academic journals, Iron Game History is peer-reviewed, non-profit, and welcomes contributions from scholars at all stages of their careers and from all academic disciplines.  It also welcomes memory pieces and other kinds of articles that are not traditionally “academic.”  Please contact us if you have an idea for an article and would like to know if we are interested.

To submit an article for consideration, please send your manuscript to Kim Beckwith as a WORD document—not PDF.  Manuscripts should include a title page with the article’s title, your name, email, phone, and other contact information.  Also on this page, please include a 50-word bio of each author.  The names of the authors should only appear on the title page. 

After the title page, repeat the title of the essay at the top of the first page of the manuscript and create a header to number the pages in the top right corner of the page.  The article should be submitted in Times New Roman font (12 pt), on double-spaced pages with 1” margins.  Footnotes should be at the bottom of the page and they should be linked to a superscript number that appears at the end of the sentence where a note is needed.1   You do not need to submit a separate bibliography. Please consult the IGH Style Sheet for additional information on our unique parameters and footnote requirements.

Images for inclusion must be scanned at 300 or 600 DPI, black-and-white only, and should be attached to the email.  Please indicate in the text where they should appear and write captions.   If accepted, the editors will then discuss quality and copyright clearance with the author. If they are too large for email, please place them in a Google Drive folder and share the link with your submission.

Founded in 1990 by Terry and Jan Todd, Iron Game History is a non-profit academic journal published semi-annually under the auspices of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center, a division of the College of Education, at The University of Texas at Austin.

Executive Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan Todd
Co-Editors-in-Chief  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Shurley, Tolga Ozyurtcu, Kim Beckwith
Assistant Editors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conor Heffernan, Florian Hemme, Ryan Murtha

Technical Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alyssa Wynans

Editorial Board

Jack Berryman (University of Washington – Seattle)
Simon Bronner (Penn State – Harrisburg)
David Chapman (Seattle, WA)
Broderick Chow (Brunel University London)

John Fair (University of Texas – Austin)
Thomas M. Hunt (University of Texas – Austin)

Charles Kupfer (Penn State – Harrisburg)
Joe Roark (St. Joseph, Ill.)
David P. Webster (Glasgow, Scotland)


Article Archive

If you find the resources below helpful, please consider providing support to the production of future volumes of Iron Game History by signing up for a paper subscription or making a contribution to the Stark Center.

Volume 14 Issue #2 & Issue #3 – (July/August 2017)


Volume 13 Issue #4 & Volume 14 Issue #1 – (December 2016)


Volume 13 Issue #2 & Issue #3 – (November 2015)


Volume 12 Issue #4 & Volume 13 #1 – (August 2014)


Volume 12 Issue #3 – (August 2013)


Volume 12 Issue #2 – (February/March 2013)


Volume 12 Issue #1 – (August 2012)


Volume 11 Issue #4 – (January 2012)


Volume 11 Issue #3 – (June 2011)


Volume 11 Issue #2 – (June 2010)


Volume 11 Issue #1 – (September 2009)


Volume 10 Issue #4 – (January 2009)


Volume 10 Issue #3 – (August 2008)


Volume 10 Issue #2 – (April/May 2008)


Volume 10 Issue #1 – (November 2007)


Volume 9 Issue #4 – (May 2007)


Volume 9 Issue #3 – (January/February 2007)


Volume 9 Issue #2 – (December 2005)


Volume 9 Issue #1 – (August 2005)


Volume 8 Issue #4 – (March 2005)


Volume 8 Issue #3 – (May/June 2004)


Volume 8 Issue #2 – (October 2003)


Volume 8 Issue #1 – (June/July 2003)


Volume 7 Issue #4 – (April/May 2003)


Volume 7 Issue #2 & 3 – (July 2002)


Volume 7 Issue #1 – (June 2001)


Volume 6 Issue #4 – (December 2000)


Volume 6 Issue #3 – (May 2000)


Volume 6 Issue #2 – (January 2000)


Volume 5 Issue #4 & Volume 6 Issue #1 – (April 1999)


Volume 5 Issue #3 – (December 1998)


Volume 5 Issue #2 – (October 1998)


Volume 5 Issue #1 – (May 1998)


Volume 4 Issue #5 & 6 – (August 1997)


Volume 4 Issue #4 – (September 1996)


Volume 4 Issue #3 – (April 1996)


Volume 4 Issue #2 – (October 1995)


Volume 4 Issue #1 – (July 1995)


Volume 3 Issue #6 – (April 1995)


Volume 3 Issue #5 – (December 1994)


Volume 3 Issue #4 – (August 1994)


Volume 3 Issue #3 – (April 1994)


Volume 3 Issue #2 – (January 1994)


Volume 3 Issue #1 – (September 1993)


Volume 2 Issue #6 – (May 1993)


Volume 2 Issue #5 – (January 1993)


Volume 2 Issue #4 – (November 1992)


Volume 2 Issue #3 – (July 1992)


Volume 2 Issue #2 – (April 1992)


Volume 2 Issue #1 – (January 1992)


Volume 1 Issue #6 – (August 1991)


Volume 1 Issue #4&5 – (March 1991)


Volume 1 Issue #3 – (June 1990)


Volume 1 Issue #2 – (April 1990)


Volume 1 Issue #1 – (February 1990)