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The William D. Haggard III Tennis Collection brought to Thomas Cooper Library its first major collection of rare books about sports history. This exhibition tells the story of tennis over the past seven centuries, beginning with a first edition of the first book about tennis (1555). The earlier cases illustrate the development of tennis from its medieval origins in cloister and royal palace, through its central role in the Renaissance and pre-Revolutionary France. The second half of the exhibition follows the reshaping of tennis in France, England, and America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


This catalog accompanied the May–August 2005 USC University Libraries exhibit, Tennis: The Story of a Sport. The exhibit was mounted to celebrate the arrival to USC of the William D. Haggard III Tennis Collection.