Papers of Charles H. McCloy
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Charles H. McCloy, 1950
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.
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.
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 (RG 01.15.03)
Box Contents List
Adult Welfare Research Station
American Academy of Physical Education
American College of Sports Medicine
---. courses for physical growth
---. surface area
Argentina trip, 1955
Army Air Force manual
Army reconditioning conferences
Army WAC, medicine ball weight
Bibliography, Physical Education Journal
Bibliography, McCloy writings
---. Physical Fitness
---. Psychology of P.E.
---. Recreational activities
Body build, scapular types, Graves
---. January-March 1957
---. April-September 1957
---. October-December 1957
---. January-April 1958
---. May-August 1958
---. September-December 1958
---. January-May 1959
---. June-September 1959
Course materials, cont.
Exercises for cardiacs
Fitness, A Way of Life
Foreign correspondence, cont.
Introduction to biology
Japanese mission, 1946
Laboratory Manual for Tests and Measurements in Physical Education, 1950
Letters about trips abroad
Miscellaneous speeches, outlines, etc.
Philosophy of physical education
Physical education in China
Physical training commands and the command voice
Programs of study at State University of Iowa
Proposed physical fitness program, Army Air Force
Seminar and Department of Physical Education information
Spanish and French letters relative to isometric exercises
Techniques of measurement
Testimonials, China, 1926
---. Brooklyn and Queens survey
------. Physical work
---. Pittsburgh survey
---. Survey methods
Draft revision of technical manual 5-292 “Physical Reconditioning”
Physical Reconditioning, War Department technical manual 8-292, 1945
Reconditioning Manual, Part II, TM 8-290
Physical fitness for the army
Outline for leaders’ class, Foochow, Tientsin, 1916
Outline of survey, Foochow, I-hsing, 1916-1917
Plaque, IAHPER, 1954
Reconditioning conference, Schick General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa, 1944
G. Stanley Hall, inspirational quote from 1917
Motion picture film; microfilm, “Wrestling Technique,” 1945
Chinese Journal of Physical Education
Published articles, cont.
Published articles, cont.