Letter to Naismith from Draper (January 18, 1932)
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George O. Draper, Springfield College’s alumni secretary, wrote this letter to James A. Naismith on January 18, 1932. He asks if Naismith could organize an alumni event in Lawrence, Kansas, so that the men might become better acquainted. Draper adds that he is having a list of local alumni sent to Naismith and that he still has not received his photograph. 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.
|Draper, George O|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Naismith, James, 1861-1939
Draper, George O
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- Draper, George O. Letter to Naismith from Draper (January 18, 1932). 1932-01-18. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/4793. (Accessed June 23, 2018.)
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- Draper, George O, (1932-01-18) Letter to Naismith from Draper (January 18, 1932). Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/4793
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