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International Institute for Sport History (IISOH)

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • International
  • Sports & Recreation


c/o Mr. Harvey AbramsPO Box 732State College, PA 16804 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The IISOH Library and Museum is organized to collect, preserve & maintain all the literature in the world that is related to sport, such as books, printed matter, films, photographs, videos, medals, posters, artwork, musical recordings, manuscripts, serials, collectables and other material. The IISOH seeks to preserve for posterity the historical, cultural and artistic heritage of sport in all times and places and to promote the study of the history of sport and physical education in all countries and time periods . The IISOH will conduct and support scholarly research and publishing in the arts and humanities as it relates to the history of sport, to increase public awareness and appreciation in the arts and humanities as it relates to history of sport, to educate school children in these subject areas and publish academic works in these subject areas. See the complete MISSION STATEMENT at www.sportlibrary.org/501c3.html


The International Institute for Sport and Olympic History (IISOH) was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a non-profit educational, literary and research corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code in order to operate a Library and Museum devoted to the History of Sport, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art and the Olympic Games.

(NOTE: On November 8, 2012 the IISOH amended the Articles of Incorporation and changed its name to: International Institute for Sport History in a confidential settlement agreement after being sued by the United States Olympic Committee for using the word "Olympic" in its name).

We plan to build a facility in central Pennsylvania that will house the Library and Museum collections as well as sports faclities that will allow visitors to physically participate in each activity. There will also be a theater for the history of dance, outdoor recreational facilities and playgrounds, indoor sports facilities for most sports, a large restaurant and outdoor cafe.

Basically: the IISOH is a large Museum/sports complex with a specialized subject research library.


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