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The 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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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 The collection contains digitized photographic prints, lantern slides, printed published and unpublished documents, hand-written text and correspondence, theses, dissertations, and various audio and video files from our extensive collections.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

    YMCA poster from World War I 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

    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.

    Digital Treasures

    Digital Treasures is a digital library collection of the agricultural & industrial cultural history of Central & Western Massachusetts. Primary and contributing institutions include member libraries of the C/WMARS library network and the CMRLS & WMRLS regional library systems. The Springfield College Collection contains a sampling of the rich materials of and created by faculty, students and historic figures such as Sir George Williams involved in the history of the school.

    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. In1898 he came to the University of Kansas where he pursued a long career as educator, mentor and sports enthusiast. All three institutions have contributeddigital files created from analog materialsfrom their Naismith Collections and they can be seen here together, for the first time.
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