Library & Special Collections Overview
The USGA Library collection is the world's largest and most significant related to golf history, containing more than 100,000 individual items in more than 25 languages documenting golf's development from its origins to the present. The Library's books and periodicals cover all aspects of the game, including rules, instruction, golf course architecture, equipment, biographies, travel guides, club histories and literature. Additionally, the Library cares for:
- Photography, as well as film and video collections
- Special collections of comic books, sheet music, children's books, cookbooks, scrapbooks and more than 35,000 scorecards
- Personal papers related to some of the game's most celebrated personalities, such as Bob Jones and Walter Travis
- A rare book collection containing original manuscripts and documents dating back to the 15th century, including the first reference to golf published in the English language
- Institutional records of the USGA and archival material related to its national championships
The USGA Library Catalog contains a record for each volume in the USGA Library's collection and is updated on a regular basis.
The Seagle Electronic Golf Library (SEGL) is a digital library of books and magazines from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Users will be able to read and text-search these publications in PDF format.
The African American Golf History Archive is comprised of the Newspaper Division and the Information and Ephemera Division. The Newspaper Division maintains a collection and catalog of all mentions of golf in the Baltimore Afro-American, and includes a Finding Aid and List of Terms. The Information and Ephemera Division contains a variety of materials and resources on people, organizations, events and places critical to the history of African Americans in golf.
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Ask the Experts
As stewards of the game’s history, our team 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 assist you in any way we can. To ask a research-related question via email, please contact the collections division most relevant to your question.
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
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 2021 Herbert Warren Wind Award. To be eligible for the 2021 USGA Herbert Warren Wind Award, a book must be an original work about golf, written in English, and published between November 2020 and October 29, 2021.
For results and information from USGA championships dating back to 2002, please click here.