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Charles H. McCloy Papers

Identifier: RG99.0139

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Scope and Contents

The papers largely concern physical education, including anthropometry, isometrics, physical fitness, reconditioning, and sports medicine. Institutions include YMCAs, the military, and many of the schools where McCloy studied or taught, including Marietta College, Yankton College, Columbia University Teachers College, and the University of Iowa. There are surveys of Tuskegee University and YMCAs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Pittsburgh. Drafts or copies of many McCloy articles and speeches are present in English and translations into French, German, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, and Turkish. Some other materials are in Chinese. Bibliographies are of works on physical education by McCloy and others in various languages. There are curricular materials and lecture notes from Teachers College, Columbia University.

The correspondence (bulk 1953-1959) is divided into 'correspondence' and 'foreign correspondence' series, although the two overlap. There is some correspondence in other folders and there are bibliographies included with correspondence. References to the Japanese mission, as an example, are scattered and not found only in the folder with that name (Box 5, folder 6). Correspondence on the Argentine trip (Box 1, folder 10) is also found in "Letters about trips abroad" (Box 5, folder 8). Some later correspondence concerns McCloy's own health.

Correspondents include Charles A. Bucher, Edward K. Capen (his son-in-law), H. Harrison Clarke, Virginia C. Gildersleeve, John A. Hannah, Ernst Jokl, Walter F. Loehwing, King McCristal, Roswell D. Merrick, Henry J. Montoye, Howard A. Rusk, Fred Schwengel, Seward C. Staley, Arthur H. Steinhaus, George D. Stoddard, Maxwell D. Taylor, Carl A. Troester, Paul Dudley White, Joseph B. Wolffe, and McCloy's children.

The Charles H. McCloy Papers consist of bibliographies, correspondence, lecture notes, publications, speeches, subject folders, surveys, and related materials, and were earlier cataloged in NUCMC 62-4031.


  • Creation: 1907-1959


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Charles Harold McCloy was born in Marietta, Ohio, March 30, 1886. He earned his Ph.B. at Marietta College,Ohio, in 1907, and was awarded the M.A. at Marietta in 1910. From 1910 through 1912, Mr. McCloy studied at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Sometime after 1913 he attended Ohio State University during a one-year furlough while serving in China as secretary within the Department of Education, National Council of YMCAs. Mr. McCloy lived in China for 13 years, and spoke Chinese fluently. In 1932 he took his Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Dr. McCloy received the following honorary degrees: Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Marietta College in 1947; D.Sc. from Grinnell College in 1955; Doctor of Literature (Litt.D.) from George Williams College in 1957; Doctor of Physical Education (P.E.D.) from Ottawa University in 1958.

He taught physical education at colleges and served at Young Men's Christian Association locations in China and the United States between 1905 and 1930. Charles McCloy was professor of physical education at the University of Iowa from 1930 to 1959. Dr. McCloy's specialty was anthropometry, the analysis of motor skills. He was active in professional associations in physical education, serving as president of several. He wrote numerous books in both the Chinese and English languages. During and after World War II he advised on physical fitness for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. In 1946 he was a member of an American educational mission to occupied Japan. Charles McCloy died in Iowa City, Iowa, on September 18, 1959.

Processed by Robert Franciosi July 1980, and Earl M. Rogers July 1997.


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University of Iowa professor of physical education, 1930 to retirement. Research specialty in anthropometry, or the analysis of motor skills.

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Method of Acquisition

These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries by Charles McCloy's family from 1959 to 1961.

Related Materials

English, Eleanor B. "Charles H. McCloy: The Research Professor of Physical Education," Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 54, no. 4 (April 1983): 16-18.

Ibid. "The Enigma of Charles H. McCloy," Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 54, no. 5 (May 1983): 40-42.

Little, James Robert. "Charles Harold McCloy: His Contributions to Physical Education," Ph.D. dissertation, University of Iowa, 1968 "Ambassador for Physical Education," Staff Magazine, summer 1955, pp. 25-29.

Folder, "McCloy, Charles," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files Collection (RG01.0015.003)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242