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Judd, Leslie J. (MS 530)

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Leslie J. Judd, class of 1920, was born on August 6, 1888. Widely regarded as one of the founders of modern collegiate gymnastics. A Professor of Physical Education and Head Gymnastics Coach at Springfield College, 1920 to 1955, he was a true innovator in gymnastics, using dance and team drills to create innovative exhibition shows. Perhaps his greatest contribution was the creation of the Living Statuary of Youth or the Tableaux.

Materials in this collection include correspondence, newspaper articles, news releases, notes, manuscripts, syllabi, course materials, reports, speeches, audio tapes, plaques, photographs, slides, and miscellaneous materials that have to do with the life and work of Leslie J. Judd. Most of the materials date from the 1940s through his death in 1987. Of import are writings on dance, comedy gymnastics routines, gymnastics stunts, Tableaux, and exhibition stunts.