The first Winter Olympic Games were held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France in 1924. The original six sports—divided into 14 different events—included ski jump, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, skiing, and skating. Today, it has become a major international, multi-sport event taking place every 4 years. The modern-day Winter Olympic Games now include 15 different sports—such as snowboarding, biathlon, and luge—with more than 90 events. The National Archives holds and provides access to a collection of records created or received by the U.S. Government relating to the Olympic Games.
Within our holdings are words and images that show the Olympic movement. You may view a selection of those records in the National Archives Catalog.
Forest Service film about the 1960 games: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service video from March 22, 1961 highlighting the VIII Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Tahoe National Forest, California. Record Group 16.
The source reel, a Universal newsreel:Universal News Volume 37, Release 10, February 3, 1964, highlights the IX Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.
Coverage of the 1964 Olympics in this Universal newsreel: Universal News Volume 37, Release 12, February 10, 1964, highlights the IX Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.
Ford Library Presidential Library and Museum. A Daily Diary of President Gerald R. Ford.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum has material related to a number of Winter Olympics including invitations and objects in the Museum from the 1932 Lake Placid Games in NY. Franklin Roosevelt, then Governor of NY, opened the Games. View a collection of related records from our catalog.