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Archives and Special Collections

The Springfield College Archives and Special Collections, located in the lower level of Judd Gymnasia, houses a rich collection of materials documenting the history of Springfield College from its first days as the School for Christian Workers and the International YMCA Training School to the present day. In addition to institutional and alumni records, there are special collections of rare books, publications, and manuscripts focused on the areas of the birth and history of Basketball, physical education, physical training, the YMCA, Olympic movements, and amateur and recreation sports. Springfield College Archives and Special Collections is also the repository for the SHAPE America Archives and the Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection


Archives and Special Collections is the official repository for Springfield College records having permanent historical, legal, fiscal, or administrative value. The primary mission of the College Archives is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available records documenting the history of Springfield College. In addition Archives and Special Collections collects primary source material that supports the research interests and Humanics Philosophy of the College. Subject areas of long-term interest to the College include the YMCA, physical education, sport and recreation, camping, and youth/community work.

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