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James Glenn Driver 1936 Berlin Olympics Collection

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2014.044

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Scope and Contents

Printed ephemera, newspapers, and other publications, related to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany, collected by James G. Driver, one of the trainers with the US team. Also included is a photo album, individually assembled with commercially produced photo prints and several postcards. This photo album includes pictures of Olympic village, the torch relay, the opening ceremony, and athletes (including Jesse Owens and Luz Long, among others).

Other items included are: a pamphlet titled "German Youth in a Changing World,"  which discusses the Hitler Jugend  (Hitler Youth) and the history of youth in Germany and its future direction;  a book with images of Berlin, Potsdam, and their environs (in German, with French and English translations); a program, with an introduction by Joseph Goebbels  with sections on the city, its history, German culture, and the 1936 Games (in German, with English, French, and Spanish translations).

Also included is list of match-ups in either wrestling or boxing, listing referees and nations fighting/judging.


  • Creation: 1936


Language of Materials

English German Spanish;Castilian French

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

James G. Driver was a William & Mary alumnus, athletic director of the University of Virginia and athletic trainer for the US 1936 olympic team.


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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Due to the fragile nature of some of the items, physical handling and reproduction may be limited.

Custodial History:

Materials were collected by James G. Driver before they came into the possession of James S. Kelly, who passed them on to Will Molineux to deliver to Swem SCRC.

Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed by Special Collections staff on 22 July 2014.

Guide to the James G. Driver 1936 Berlin Olympics Collection
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository