International Institute for Sport History
Library and Museum


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The IISOH is seeking $1 million (one million Dollars) from a benefactor
in order to establish an endowment for the sport of SWIMMING.

This is a naming opportunity for the benefactor to have a perpetual identification with the sport of SWIMMING.
The endowment would be named by the benefactor with the approval of the IISOH Board of Directors.
The endowment becomes a permanent trust fund invested by the Institute with only the quarterly earned interest
being used for development of the SWIMMING collections in both the Library and Museum.

The funds will be used to acquire books, posters and memorabilia such as the items illustrated below,
from every country and in every language in order to develop the most comprehensive collection in the world.
With this collection we will be able to achieve our educational and research mission to collect, preserve and promote
the history of swimming and to educate the general public about recreational and competitive swimming.


Cash donations IN ANY AMOUNT are always welcome, too.
We are seeking widespread public support and encourage your participation.

Become a CHARTER MEMBER with a $25.00 donation and get a lifetime of recognition.
Read here how to Become a CHARTER MEMBER or send a donation

Read more about the endowment program here IISOH Endowment Program.


The Library and Museum eagerly accept donations of material that are within the scope of its collections.
Collectors are encouraged to send us books, monographs, theses & dissertations, magazine and subscription collections for the library,
as well as medals, pins, torches, posters, artwork and collectibles for the Museum. For example,
we would like to obtain every edition of The Art of Swimming by Melchesédec Thévenot (1620-1692)


LIBRARY donations:

MUSEUM donations:

These lists are not comprehensive and are limited only by your imagination!
Keep in mind that Swimming is an international sport and that we seek everything,
books and posters in every language, in order to develop the most comprehensive collection
about swimming in the world. Swimming can be traced back to prehistoric times. In 1933 cave paintings
depicting swimmers were discovered in southwest Egypt and were the subject of the 1996 film The English Patient.
The ancient Greeks wrote about swimming and it can be found in other ancient works including the Bible.
Benjamin Franklin wrote about its educational benefits and considered becoming a swimming instructor.
Swimming has been a national sport in Australia where swimmers such as Dawn Fraser dominated the Olympic Games
in the 1950's and 1960's and continues to achieve excellence in every Olympic Games. Swimming is one of the
major sports in the modern Olympic Games. American artist Thomas Eakins is famous for several of his swimming

The Institute also plans to have swimming facilities as part of the museum and expects to have both
indoor and outdoor swimming pools for both educational and research missions.

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit, educational, literary and research corporation under section 501(c)3
of the Internal Revenue Code and is organized to operate a library and museum for the history of sport,
physical education, recreation, dance, sport in art and the Olympic Games.
Donations are tax deductible.

For additional subject areas that we seek, see the list in the SUBJECTS area for endowments.
Go here to see the Subject List.

Other links to pages about the International Institute for Sport History.

Read the Articles of Incorporation here.
Read the BYLAWS here
Meet the Board of Directors here
Become a CHARTER MEMBER or send a donation now
Building Plans
Endowment Program


Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
International Institute for Sport History

PO Box 175
State College, PA, USA 16804


This page was created February 23, 2002
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