Archives and Special Collections
- Voyager Catalog
- Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection
- College Records
- Digital Collections
- Links to Archival and Primary Sources
- Manuscript Collections
- Rare Books & Special Collections
- 50 Years of Women's Athletics
- Babson Library
- The Springfield College Museum at Judd Gymnasia
- YMCA Hall of Fame
- The Birthplace of Basketball
Digital CollectionsThe Springfield College visual resources reflect our mission to document the history of Springfield College as well as the YMCA movement and physical education in the United States and abroad.
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Springfield College Digital Collections
The Springfield College Digital Collections document the history of Springfield College as well as the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and physical education movements in the United States and abroad. The collection contains digitized photographic prints, lantern slides, printed published and unpublished documents, hand-written text and correspondence, theses, dissertations, and various audio and video files from our extensive collections. Springfield College athletics, academic and research activities, faculty and staff, campus and buildings, events including alumni reunion and homecoming, student life including service activities, and Springfield College Presidents are all represented. Within the Springfield College Digital Collections are some of the following collections:
- College Archives Digital Collections
- Springfield College Catalogs
- The Triangle & Physical Education Magazines
- Springfield College Alumni Magazines
- Springfield College Newspapers
- Theses and Dissertations
YMCA Historical Image Collection, 1880-1920
Approximately 2000 photographs and other visual resources that document the YMCA movement in the United States from the 1880s to the 1920s, including the early years of Springfield College, are available in Voyager, the library’s online catalog.
Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by over 130 Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. This site provides access to tens of thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public. Included within are most of Springfield College's Digital Collections.
James Naismith Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years
The University of Kansas Libraries' exhibition, “James Naismith’s Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years” celebrates the 150th birthday of basketball’s inventor. McGill University, Springfield College and the University of Kansas all share a history with Dr. James Naismith. Born and raised in Canada, Naismith graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in 1887. He graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts (then called the International YMCA Training School) in 1891 and while there invented the game of basketball. In 1898 he came to the University of Kansas where he pursued a long career as educator, mentor and sports enthusiast. All three institutions have contributed digital files created from analog materials from their Naismith Collections and they can be seen here together, for the first time.