George Draper Letter to William Morgan, 1932
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A copy of a letter from George Draper, head of Springfield College's, then the International YMCA College, Alumni Association, to William Morgan, Springfield College alum and inventor of volleyball, thanking him for donating pictures and copies of the first set of the rules of volleyball to Springfield College's Historical Library and asking for him to provide a description of how he came to develop the game. Morgan attended Springfield College (then the International YMCA Training School) from 1892-1894. Upon graduating, he headed to Maine to work as a physical director at the Auburn YMCA. After a year in Maine, Morgan took a position at the Holyoke YMCA in Holyoke, MA. During his time as a physical director in Holyoke, Morgan recognized the need to create a game that was less strenuous on the middle-aged patrons than basketball. He took concepts from both badminton and basketball and created volleyball, originally named "Mintonette." The first real volleyball game took place during a Physical Director's Conference in the East Gymnasium at Springfield College. It was then that the name was changed to volleyball at the suggestion of Dr. A.T. Halsted. Morgan left YMCA work in 1897.
|Draper, George O|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
International Young Men's Christian Association College
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Morgan, William G
Draper, George O
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- Draper, George O. George Draper Letter to William Morgan, 1932. 1932-02-26. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/1729. (Accessed June 18, 2018.)
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- Draper, George O, (1932-02-26) George Draper Letter to William Morgan, 1932. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/1729
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- Draper, George O. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/1729>.