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  • Springfield College
  • Created Date
  • 1889
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  • Springfield College
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  • The Springfield College student file folder for Dr. James Naismith created in 1889 when James Naismith applied to what was then the YMCA Training School, and contained his application to attend Springfield College for a specialized one year program to become a YMCA physical director, a letter to Luther Gulick speaking of his arrival to the school, and a card that listed his receipt of an honorary Masters of Physical Education given in 1910. Th... more
    The Springfield College student file folder for Dr. James Naismith created in 1889 when James Naismith applied to what was then the YMCA Training School, and contained his application to attend Springfield College for a specialized one year program to become a YMCA physical director, a letter to Luther Gulick speaking of his arrival to the school, and a card that listed his receipt of an honorary Masters of Physical Education given in 1910. The front of the folder has some information about Naismith. The application was received by the training school on May 27th, 1889. It lists his undergraduate school, McGill University, and also lists his "result" as "accepted." James A. Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939), known as "The Father of Basketball," was born in Almonte, Ontario. When he was nine, both of his parents died of typhoid fever and he was raised by his uncle, who later financed Naismith's way through college. He earned his theological degree from McGill University and graduated from Springfield College, then the YMCA Training School, in 1891. After graduation, he was hired as a faculty member, where he taught for five years. It is in his first year as a faculty member at Springfield College that he created the game of Basketball as an activity for an unruly class. In 1895, Naismith enrolled at the Gross Medical School in Denver and received his M.D. in 1898. In that same year, Naismith took the position of department head of physical education at the University of Kansas, where he remained until his death. Three pages of this item are blank, as they are the other sides of the folder. The application that originally went into this folder can be found under the file name: ms506-01-05-001. less
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