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Sporting Goods Catalog Collection

Identifier: EPH 5063

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of catalogs advertising sporting goods and athletic products. Many items are general purpose catalogs that offer products for a wide range of athletic activities. Other specialized catalogs cover topics like outdoors recreation, fishing, playground equipment, outdoor lighting, boxing,football practice equipment, and other subjects. Most catalogs include product descriptions, pricing information, and illustrations (sometimes in color) of the products for sale. Catalogs from companies like LL Bean, Spalding, Wilson, Rawlings, Wright & Ditson, Everlast, MacGregor, Bike Web, and others are included in the collection.

Some titles in the collection, like Spalding Sports Show, Rawlings Trade Digest, and Bike Web Sports Trail are more like trade magazines than catalogs and feature stories, articles, photographs, and cartoons/illustrations alongside information about products for sale.

Publications in the collection cover the late-19th century to the mid-20th century. Materials include published catalogs.


  • 1895-1979

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


2.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is unarranged.
Sporting Goods Catalog Collection
Jayne Schlutt and Hannah E. Sabal
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556