International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit educational, literary and research corporation
under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
Donations are tax deductible - Federal Tax ID# 41-2041155


Books, Posters, Medals
Serials, Archives, and Collectibles

(also known as...)


The IISOH Library and Museum eagerly accepts donations of material that are within the scope of its collections.
You are invited to donate your books and collectibles to our Library and Museum.

There are hundreds of thousands of items that we need and want. The material has to be clean, of course.
There can be no mold or water damage because that invites contamination to the existing collections.
If you are not sure about your material then call or write to us for advice.

We know of many cases when family members actually threw away Olympic and sport collections
books, medals, trophies - because they did not share the passion of their parent, the athlete/collector.
CONTACT US! Never throw this material in a dumpster. It is a living legacyof someone who had passion.

Shipping locations

State College, PA., USA 16804

Vienna, Austria

Details upon request.

Please do not get carried away though...we do not want everything.
For example, we are not interested in romance novels or Reader's Digest subscriptions
(unless they include material that is specifically about sport).

We reserve the right to keep, sell, trade or give away your donation of books if they are duplicates of our existing collection
(this is called an "unrestricted donation"). For example we might get seven donations of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
magazines every year. We would keep at least three (3) perfect copies of each magazine and use
the extracopies to trade with other libraries or collectors. Trading material allows us to build
our collections while assisting other libraries at the same time, especially outside the USA.

Naturally we are hoping that you are giving us brand new, crisp books and papers...but we will take all donations
and determine condition upon examination. A stained book from 1977 may not be desirable but a stained book from
1727 might be extremely desireable. Our mission is to collect, preserve and save material for posterity, so we can
archivally repair material that is deemed essential for long term preservation.

We are also happy to get your 4,000 volume collection on fencing dating to the 1500's or a medals and
ticket collection from the 1924 Olympic Games and we do promise not to break it up or sell it.

Finally, we are NOT permitted to appraise your donation for you (IRS rules).
When you donate material that has significant value for a tax write-off, then
you need to get an independent appraisal from a dealer who knows the subject matter.
We do have to give you a receipt for your donation, and we are very happy to do so!
However we are barred by law from attaching our estimate of the value to the donation.
We give you the receipt for your taxes, but the APPRAISER's documents will also be needed
for the Internal Revenue Service. Contact the IRS or your accountant for additional assistance.

The IISOH Museum accepts all types of collectibles such as medals and badges, pins, torches, ephemera as well as
posters such as the 1928 AMSTERDAM poster illustrated below, artwork and antique collectibles.
For advice on the huge number of subjects we seek, see the list in the SUBJECTS area for endowments.

Go here to see the Subject List.

Examples of material for the LIBRARY

  • LANGUAGES: ANY language! All languages!

    We want to develop the most comprehensive sports collection in the world, so all languages including,
    but not limited to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Flemish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish,
    Norwegian, Latin, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Farsi,
    Sanskrit and dozens of others. The scope of the collection is international and comprehensive.

  • Books, Monographs, Thesis & Dissertations, Juvenile literature

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  • Bound and unbound serials (magazines, journals, periodicals, etc).

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  • Newspapers (hard copies or microfilm), Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Reference books

  • Manuscripts, Archives of organizations, Original letters of correspondence

  • Maps, Ephemera (pamphlets, booklets, folders, flyers, tickets, cards, etc).

  • Miscellaneous items useful within the library (furniture, computers, microfilm and microform readers,
    telecommunications equipment, televisions & vcr's, dvd players, filing cabinets, map files, etc).

As a reminder --
this Institute is devoted to the major subject areas of....
History of Sport
Physical Education
Sport in Art
Ancient and Modern Olympic Games
and all related subject areas as determined by the Board of Directors.

Stuff like this for the

  • Ancient Greek & Roman artifacts such as coins, strigils, vases with painted athletic scenes.


  • Antique sports equipment such as old bicycles, balls, bats, gloves, uniforms, sports shoes, protective equipment, etc.

  • Statuary in bronze, resin, plaster, terracotta, etc.

  • Paintings, Serigraphs, Drawings, etc.

  • Photographs, prints, negatives, glass plates, etc.

  • Films, movies, videos, dvd's, especially older films in need of archival preservation.

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  • Music, records, tapes, sheet music, choreography.

  • Posters
  • Graphics, 16th - 19th century lithographs & prints.

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  • Olympic Games and sports related medals, awards, trophies.

  • Olympic Games commemorative medals, participation medals, badges, etc.

  • Olympic Games and sports pins.

  • Olympic Games torches.

  • Flags, banners, advertising.

  • Olympic Games and sports memorabilia.

  • Philatelic items, stamp collections, illustrated postcards.

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  • Numismatic collections, coins, exonumia.

  • Uniforms, clothing, textiles, fashions.

  • Physical education, recreation and play equipment.


  • Games, chess sets, especially antique items.

These lists are not comprehensive and are limited only by your imagination.
Please feel free to suggest subjects we did not list here.

The IISOH is a Pennsylvania Non-profit Educational, Literary & Research
corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and is organized
to operate a Library and Museum devoted to the History of Sport, Physical Education,
Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art and the Olympic Games.

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  • Donor Acknowledgements

    Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
    International Institute for Sport History

    Library & Museum
    PO Box 732
    State College, PA, USA 16804

  • This page was created January 31, 2002
    This page was updated March 10, 2010
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