To tide you over for the next few winter weeks while the Dodd Research Center is closed for the winter break, we’d like to highlight a sampling of books from the Stephenson Collection of books on ice skating.  The collection includes everything from novels to how-to manuals. 

Hand-in-Hand Figure Skating by N. G. Thompson and F. L. Cannan, published in 1896, gives an overview of different hand holding positions while skating, including face to face, the link, side by side, and the echelon, all with illustrations.


Figure Skating for Women, by James A. Cruikshank, was published in 1921.

“It is not extravagant praise of figure skating to say that it is probably the finest sport available to the majority of American women.”  — James A. Cruikshank, page 9.

And finally, Ice Rink Skating, by T. D. Richardson, from 1938.

From the staff at the Dodd Research Center, we wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season.