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Rare Book Collection

Size: 58 shelves, approximately 2,400 volumes (2,363 count – includes ~ 13 Physiology periodical shelves to move)

Summary: Since the 1890s when Luther Gulick – known as the “father of physical education and recreation in the United States” – created the Springfield College triangle seal (Spirit-Mind-Body), Springfield College has been a hub for Physical Education & Training materials. Like SC’s YMCA Publications & Historical Sources, the holdings in this area of the Rare Book Collection are nationally renowned. Examples from these Physical Education & Training materials include rare periodicals like the Bulletin of Physical Education (1920-1930) and the Journal of Scientific Physical Training (1908-1955); and diverse monographs on exercise and training that would have been core collections for Dr. Peter Karpovich’s mid-20th century groundbreaking research in exercise physiology internationally known as ‘Springfield College Studies’.

Spines of Physical Education journals