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Notice: To subscribe to Iron Game History, you will need to order your subscription through the mail. Subscription information and mailing instructions are below.

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. 

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Make checks payable to “UT-Austin”. 

Mail to:
Iron Game History
c/o Kim Beckwith
NEZ 5.700, Mail Stop D3600
403 DeLoss Dodds Way
Austin TX 78712


Questions?   E-mail: Kim Beckwith

Many IGH subscribers make financial donations beyond their subscription to support the continued publication and distribution of IGH as a printed magazine.  In the past, we recognized those subscribers by including their names in IGH as either Patrons or Fellows.

We must now totally separate donations from subscriptions because of new UT rules.  So, if you are able to become an IGH Patron and make a donation to help us, please follow the links below.  PLEASE NOTE that to also receive IGH, the journal, you need to take out a subscription and that purchase has to be paid by check. You cannot subscribe to IGH by using the donations page. We cannot accept credit card sales for subscriptions—only for donations.   We know this is complicated and apologize. 

Patron Member:  $50 or more will be listed as a patron for 4 issues of IGH.

Please note that all donations do not include subscriptions to IGH.

You can purchase back issues of Iron Game History.  Click here for a price list.  Online ordering and payment coming soon.

Make checks payable to “UT-Austin” and send to: 

Iron Game History
c/o Kim Beckwith
NEZ 5.700, Mail Stop D3600
403 DeLoss Dodds Way
Austin TX 78712


Questions?   E-mail: Kim Beckwith

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 Tolga Ozyurtcu as a WORD document—not a 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

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

Below, you will find a complete archive of all past issues of Iron Game History. To search an article within a volume, click on the link to the volume, type the “Ctrl” and “F” keys on your keyboard, type in your keyword, and then press “Enter”.

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.

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 becoming a Patron of IGH.