Guide to the Alec Goodman Photograph Collection

MSSP 2008


Collection Summary

Title: Alec Goodman photograph collection
Dates: ca. 1911-1919
Collection No.: MSSP 2008
Creator: Goodman, Alec
Extent: 33 items; 1 container; .5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English.
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A group of more than 30 real-photo postcards, many inscribed, preserved by English boxing trainer Alec Goodman. Most relate to world welterweight champion Ted "Kid" Lewis, whom Goodman trained.

Selected Search Terms

Lewis, Ted Kid, 1894-1970.
Boxers (Sports) -- 1910-1920.
Boxers (Sports) -- England.
Boxing -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Boxing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Jewish boxers -- Pictorial works.
Jewish boxers -- England.

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: {Identification of item], Alec Goodman Photograph Collection, [Collection and folder no.], Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The collection was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2015, from Peter Harrington of London. Arranged and described 2017, by George Rugg. Finding aid 2017, by George Rugg.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 31 real-photo postcards, one photograph, and one newspaper clipping, apparently accumulated by English boxing trainer Alec Goodman. All images seem to date from the 1910s. Many pertain to Ted "Kid" Lewis (b. Gershon Mendeloff), a Jewish boxer from London's East End who held numerous titles in several weight classifications, including the world welterweight title (1915-16, 1917-19). More specifically, they relate to Lewis's years in Australia (1914) and America (1914-19). The photos depict Goodman, Lewis, and members of their entourage in Sydney, New York, Buffalo, Boston, and elsewhere. There are also a number of postcards showing other fighters, many of them inscribed in ink to Goodman.

Unlike typical commercial postcards, real-photo cards were printed in the darkroom, on postcard backs, in very limited editions; they are, in essence, vernacular photographs.

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