Papers of Dudley Allen Sargent : measurement cards from schools and organizations other than Harvard, 1880-1902
- Sargent, Dudley Allen, 1849-1924. (Person)
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These data cards are stored in an off-site facility. Researchers are advised to contact Reference Staff of the Harvard University Archives for more information concerning retrieval of material.
Each measurement card notes detailed measurements of the subject's body and lists some genealogical and family health information as well. This information often includes the subject's birth date and place, subject's father's occupation, and both the nationalities and the causes of death of the subject's parents.
Biographical Note Relating to the Data Cards
Sargent also established a private gymnasium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, known as the Sanatory Gymnasium. At the Sanatory Gymnasium, he directed an exercise program for the female Harvard students until 1892. These were students who studied in the Harvard Annex, which later became Radcliffe College.
He also conducted physical education teacher training courses, which eventually became the Sargent College of Physical Education, and was later associated with Boston University.
Sargent's academic interests went beyond teaching to include research. He went to great lengths to research the perfect proportions of the human body, using his Harvard and other connections to procure research subjects and data. He had three ways of obtaining subjects for anthropometic measurement. He recorded and/or collected sets of anthropometric measurements from his Harvard students, Sargent School pupils, and Sanatory Gymnasium clients. He also sent individuals blank data cards, on which their measurements could be recorded, and responded with an assessment or chart of their condition. Finally, Sargent's students and colleagues returned to their home institutions, found research subjects, recorded their measurements, and sent completed data cards back to Sargent.
- Sargent, Dudley Allen, 1849-1924. Papers of Dudley Allen Sargent : measurement cards from schools and organizations other than Harvard : an inventory
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