James Naismith’s Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years

The University of Kansas Libraries' exhibition, “James Naismith’s Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years” celebrates the 150th birthday of basketball’s inventor.  This collection of historic materials includes photographs, a scrapbook, university records and pamphlets from McGill University, Springfield College and the University of Kansas Archives.

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The items in this exhibit come from the archives of McGill University, where Naismith graduated; Springfield College, where he was teaching when he invented basketball; and the University of Kansas, where he founded KU’s long-running basketball program and worked for 40 years.

Athletics scrapbook pertaining to Professor Barnjum, 1864-1909

Page of news clippings and flyer on James Naismith and the invention of basketball Page 57, titled “James Naismith, 1890”

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McGill University Archives

McGill University football team, including James Naismith

McGill University football team, including James Naismith (middle row, far right). Inscribed on verso: #25 McGill Football Team, which played…

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McGill University Archives

James Naismith, Director of Gymnasium

James Naismith, Director of Gymnasium
Inscribed on recto in pen and ink: Dr. James Naismith / Director of Gymnasium / 1883-93 [sic]
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McGill University Archives

Dr. James Naismith

Dr. Naismith in one of many publicity photos taken by University photographer and good friend, Duke D’Ambra, 1932?

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KU University Archives, 66/22, 1932?

James Naismith and Phog Allen

The father of basketball with the father of basketball coaching, Phog Allen. Photo taken in 1932 by Duke D’Ambra

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KU University Archives, 66/22, 1932