Research Center Overview
In 1935, George Blossom of the USGA Executive Committee first proposed the creation of a museum and library to celebrate the game of golf and honor its champions. In the decades to follow, the USGA would assemble the world’s premier collection of historic golf artifacts, and at the same time, develop adjunct research collections comprising a photographic archive, film and video collection, and the world’s most extensive golf library.
Today, the Research Center of the USGA Museum is the world’s foremost repository for the game’s history. It contains more than 20,000 volumes that document the history of the game from its origins to the present. One can find books and periodicals on all aspects of the game, including Rules, instruction, equipment, biography, records, travel, club histories, literature and reference dating back to the early 1800s. The Library also contains the personal writings and papers of some of the game’s greatest personalities, including Bob Jones and Walter Travis.
The USGA Library Catalog contains records for each volume in the vast collection and is updated on a regular basis.
Ask the Experts
As stewards of the game’s history, the USGA Museum’s Research Center seeks to be a resource to all those who might have a question or need assistance with a research project. Even if we do not know the answer or have the necessary materials in our collection, we will attempt to assist you in any way we can.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact a member of the staff. The USGA Library is open by appointment only. Please review the USGA Library Policies and Procedures prior to your visit. To schedule an appointment or to ask a research-related question via email, please contact the collections division you wish to consult.
Tara Valente, Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send all inquiries to email@example.com.
Film and Video Collection:
Shannon Doody, Film and Video Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seagle Electronic Golf Library
Named in honor of Janet Seagle, the Museum’s first Curator, the Seagle Electronic Golf Library (SEGL) is a digital library of books and magazines from the late 1800s and early 1900s. SEGL contains PDF files of books and magazines that are no longer available to researchers due to preservation concerns. Users with Adobe Acrobat will be able to read and text-search these early publications. New titles are added each year.
Herbert Warren Wind Award
Established in 1987 and renamed in 2006, the Herbert Warren Wind Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributes to golf literature. Named in honor of the famed 20th-century American golf writer, the award acknowledges and encourages outstanding research, writing, and publishing about golf. The award attempts to broaden the public’s interest in and knowledge in the game of golf. Presented by the USGA Golf Museum, the award is the top literary prize awarded by the USGA.
Please see the following link for a complete list of award recipients: USGA Herbert Warren Wind Award
The USGA is currently accepting submissions for the 2020 Herbert Warren Wind Award. To be eligible for the 2020 USGA Herbert Warren Wind Award, a book must be an original work about golf, written in English, and published between November 2019 and October 31, 2020.
Other Museums, Libraries and Resources
The USGA Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of golf history, but our collections are not complete. To better assist researchers, the USGA Museum maintains a listing of other museums and libraries that house collections or materials that may be of interest.
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