Jack Heppinstall Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Heppinstall, Jack
Jack Heppinstall papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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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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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2003

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Detroit Lions (Football team).
  • Michigan State Spartans (Football team).
  • Michigan State University. Athletics. Baseball.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. -- Form subdivision-- Photographs.; General subdivision--Track;
  • Michigan State University. Varsity S Club.
  • National Athletic Trainers Association.


  • Course materials
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Bielat, Larry
  • Heppinstall, Jack
  • Smith, Gideon E.


  • Athletic trainers -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Athletics -- Equipment and supplies
  • Physical education and training
  • Sports facilities
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports medicine -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

1915 Football Team 50th Anniversary 1965   Photographs including Gideon Smith

2931h 1

Athletic Equipment Inventory Sheets 1947-1948 

2931h 2

Athletic Equipment Inventory Sheets (Football) 1947-1948 

2931h 3

Athletic Trainers Supply Co. Correspondence 1949-1965 

2931h 4

Athletic Training Class - Exam Questions 1949-1957 

2931h 5

Athletic Training Class - Notes 

2931h 6

Athletic Training Class - Schedule 1954 

2931h 7

Athletic Training Class Training Notes 1954 

2931h 8

Athletic Training at Michigan State University by Jack Heppinstall 1914-1959   Notes of Heppinstall's speech at his 45th Year Banquet in 1959 which includes lists of MSU Presidents, Coaches, Athletic Directors, athletic facilities on campus

2931h 9

Athletic Training - Notes 1922-1953   Includes menus for Detroit Lions Training Camp in 1954 at Michigan State Normal School (EMU)

2931h 10

Athletics - Class Notes 

2931h 11

Cramer Chemical Company Correspondence 1942-1960 

2931h 12

Department Notes 1943-1955   Famous Firsts at Michigan State; Jenison Field House Statistics; Departmental Newsletter - Spartan Messenger; Departmental Meeting Minutes

2931h 13

First Aid Course Practical Problems 

2931h 14

The First Aider Newsletter 

2931h 15

Kansas State versus Michigan State Football Program November 23, 1957 

2931h 16

Miscellaneous   Stadium Construction Notes; 1959 Rose Bowl Travel Arrangements

2931h 17

Miscellaneous   Athletic Training and Equipment History

2931h 18

MSU Reporter October 1957 

2931h 19

MSU Varsity Club 1914-1966   Constitutions and By-Laws, Lists of Members

2931h 20

National Athletic Trainers’ Association 

2931h 21

Newspaper Articles by Heppinstall 1948-1954 

2931h 22

Radio Talks 1928, 1935, 1950   WJIM, WILS, and WKAR

2931h 23

School Clinic Sheets 1959 

2931h 24

Summer School Clinics 1938-1959 

2931h 25

Team Trip Itineraries 1937-1957 

2931h 26

Training Room Supplies 1957-1959 

2931h 27

Oversize Photographs 

Flat Box

MSU. Athletics. Baseball. 1950-1959. Team pictures. 

MSU. Athletics. Baseball. 1960-1969. Team pictures. 

MSU. Athletics. Track. Team pictures. 

MSU. Athletics. Varsity Club. 

MSU. Buildings. Intramural-Recreative Sports-West.