January 10, 2022

Today in History: Olympic Games

Last Updated on September 15, 2021

Two Views of the Americans at the Olympic Games (1908)
Today in History–July 30–the Library of Congress features the Olympic Games, which opened on this day in 1932 in Los Angeles, California. It was the tenth Olympiad of the modern era and the first to have an Olympic Village where athletes were housed and fed. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and stories related to the modern Olympic games.

Olympic games image set (56 images)

Olympic game images from the Bain Collection (88 images, the majority from 1912)

1908 London Olympic image set

1932 Los Angeles Olympic image set (5 panoramic images)

Images of early Olympics gathered from published books and journals (7 images)

1908 front-page newspaper coverage of Olympic athletes

Olympic games historical newspaper coverage

The Old Olympic Games” The Century, Volume 51, Issue 6, Apr 1896

The New Olympic Games” The Century, Volume 51, Issue 6, Apr 1896

The Revival Of The Olympic GamesScribner’s, Volume 19, Issue 4, April, 1896

The Olympic Games at Athens by Sullivan, James Edward (1906)

International Olympic Games by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions (1911)

Olympic games legislation

Winter Olympic Games 2002 Web Archive

Library of Congress Olympic blog posts

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