Channing R. Mann was a native of Lincoln, Nebraska and a graduate of Lincoln High School. He received his professional training at the Springfield College, then known as the International YMCA College. He graduated in 1916. From 1917-1919 he directed the Army YMCA program at Fort Jackson. In 1920, he became the first certified hygiene and physical training director of New York State, serving as the Director of Health, Physical Education in the public schools of Troy, New York, a position he held until 1963. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was the creation of the Channing Mann Award. Channing Mann died on May 9, 1978.
Materials in this collection include correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and photographs created by Channing R. Mann or collected by offices in Springfield College. Materials date from 1919 to 2080, with the bulk being from 1950 through Channing’s death in 1978. There is Biographical materials, materials from his involvement with AAHPERD (now SHAPE America) and the creation of the Channing Mann Award, newspaper articles, and correspondence.