Letter to Draper from Naismith (May 13, 1936)
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James A. Naismith wrote this letter to George O. Draper, Springfield College’s alumni secretary, on May 13, 1936. He writes that he plans on bringing his first wife, Maude Evelyn (Sherman) Naismith, to Springfield on his way to Germany. He writes that he’s hoping to rent the home of a faculty member, if any are away for the summer, so that his wife and daughter have a place to stay while he is abroad. Naismith adds that he will be unable to attend the 1936 reunion. 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.
- Naismith, James, 1861-1939
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Naismith, James, 1861-1939
Draper, George O
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- Naismith, James, 1861-1939. Letter to Draper from Naismith (May 13, 1936). 1936-05-13. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/4804. (Accessed July 19, 2018.)
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