Olympic Studies Center

The 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Oral History Project

Olympic Studies is a primary research focus at the Stark Center. The Stark Center’s staff has contributed a number of publications to the Olympic Studies field, including:

  • Articles
  • Presentations
  • and most recently, a book by Dr. Thomas Hunt. Drug Games: The International Olympic Committee and the Politics of Doping, 1960–2008 is a thoroughly researched chronicle of doping in the Olympics that connects the issue to global political relations.

In addition, the Todd-McLean Library at the Stark Center holds over 30,000 thousand books as well as periodicals and other media. Relevant topics represented in the collection are:

  • Drugs and the Olympic Movement
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Olympic Wrestling
  • Official Olympic Reports
  • Training for Olympic Sports
  • Olympic Ephemera from the collections of Beth Rowley, Bob Hoffman, and Harold Weiss

Related Resources (off-site) 

International Olympic Studies Center

More scholarly references and sources on Olympism

Now Closed: The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center at the University of Texas Austin hosted the The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The exhibit examined those games from a larger socio-cultural context, specifically the treatment of Jews around the time of the Games. This initiative was made possible through a partnership with the Texas Program in Sports and Media in the College of Communications and through gifts from Kenneth Goldberg, Sandy Gottesman, and Kirk Rudy. The Austin American Statesman, KVUE, and KUT 90.1 sponsored the exhibit. The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT Austin was a scholarly programming partner for the exhibition. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibition Fund established in 1990. The traveling exhibitions are also supported by Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center.

The Stark Center is known for its physical culture collection but has rich resources in Olympic studies. As part of the opening of this exhibit the Stark Center is sharing parts of its collection. The pictures below are a portion of a collection depicting Olympic history. Cigarette packages came with coupons which could be sent to the manufacturer in exchange for 50 pictures.
Collection of Jan and Terry Todd


Guy Walters provides a comprehensive study of the 1936 Olympic Games including the Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in his book Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream . Walters analyzes the People’s Olympiad, a counter-Olympics to those held in Berlin but were eventually cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War. Both weeks of the Olympic Games are covered in separate chapters with great detail. Walters’ study combines narrative and historical scholarship to tell the story of the Nazi Olympics.