A specialist section of pages created by the National archives to highlight their Olympic and Paralympic games holdings. Explore the timeline to see great examples of online primary source materials from 1896-2012. These include photos, manuscripts and government papers relating to Olympic organisation, finance and participation.
See the British Foreign Office dispatch from first modern games in Athens in 1896. http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/olympics/fo-286-434-1.pdf
The records for 1936 include a letter discussing possible Jewish persecution http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/olympics/fo-371-18863-7600.pdf
1948 – some interesting economic documents: Olympic Games meetings: correspondence on cost and payment of accommodation. The site also suggests further research resources at the archives and elsewhere on the web.
The National Archives also have some sport related public information films – see this one from 1973 encouraging teenagers to learn to swim. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_swim.htm and one for younger children with a youthful Rolf Harris! http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_youngsters.htm
Other useful related Olympic Games websites for academic research include: The British Library Sport and society website. http://www.bl.uk/sportandsociety/index.html This explores social sciences and the Olympics it includes some sample articles and further readings on such topics as race, women and sport.