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Jack Heppinstall papers

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Identifier: UA-17.239

Scope and Contents

The Jack Heppinstall collection contain papers related to Heppinstall’s career as an athletic trainer at Michigan State University. There are inventories of athletic equipment and training supplies. There are also class notes, including menus for a Detroit Lions training camp, and exams on athletic training. There is a list of "Famous Firsts" in Physical Education and Athletics distributed to department staff by Ralph Young in 1954. The First Aider newsletter contains articles written by Heppinstall. Articles about Heppinstall can be found in the MSU Reporter and the 1957 Kansas State vs. Michigan State football program. The collection also contains documents relating to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and transcripts of radio talks given by Heppinstall. Photographs of MSU sports teams and the Varsity Club are also a part of the collection.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1966


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

John G. (Jack) Heppinstall was born in Durham County, England. Heppinstall was hired by Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1914 as the first full-time athletic trainer. He was also in charge of the athletic equipment, the athletic fields, the bath house and the armory. Heppinstall learned about bandaging and muscle massage as an apprentice in his native England.

He was a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as president in 1939. He worked as a trainer for the 1948 United States Olympic team. Heppinstall was one of the best-known athletic trainers in the country. Heppinstall worked at MSU for 45 years before retiring.


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Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Jack Heppinstall Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
P. Vescio
December 2003
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US