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OLYMPIC RESEARCH CORNEROLYMPIC REVIEW465

OLYMPIC RESEARCH CORNERteaching and publications on the history of the OlympicMovement and Games - not only to the Olympicfamily and their stakeholders but also to researchers,academics, and Olympic fans in general."The Research and Reference Service, one of thefive pillars of the OSC, provides that factual information.In practice, this means sharing knowledge anddealing with thousands of requests a year. It alsomeans welcoming researchers at their facilities andgiving access to the collections. But the OSC also shares real business expertise,by providing guidelines to National OlympicCommittees (NOCs) on how best to preserve their ownOlympic patrimony, be they documents or photos, and prepares for the future by providing pre-Gamesinformation packages on Olympic traditions andrelevant history, a service recently introduced forLondon 2012. It's quite a task. Which is why the OSC is divided into five divisions: the HistoricalArchives, the Image Archives, the Library, Universityrelations, and the aforementioned Research andReference Service. Stretching from the founding of the ModernOlympic Games in 1894 to a mere 20 years ago, theOSC's kilometre-long Historical Archive is packed(sometimes floor to ceiling) with memos, minutes andletters, charting the history of the Olympic Movement.Precious papers from past IOC Presidents (fromDemetrius Vikélas to Juan Antonio Samaranch) are all safely protected here, as are notes from OlympicCongresses and the IOC Commissions, Sessions andExecutive Boards. There is information on everyLeft and belowThe imagesarchives span thebreadth of themodern OlympicGames through toVancouver 2010BottomThe spirit of Olympismis kept alive at the OSC66OLYMPIC REVIEWThe OSC might be relatively new - it was createdin 1982, and has been housed in the same premisesas The Olympic Museum since 1993 - but its work is firmly rooted in the origins of the Modern OlympicMovement. Pierre de Coubertin, the first InternationalOlympic Committee (IOC) President, believed thatsport played as vital a role in education as literature,science or art - that educating the body was every bitas important as educating the mind. With that notionin mind, the IOC has inevitably come to regard thepromotion of Olympic culture and education to be asimportant as promoting the Games themselves.The OSC, explains Maria Bogner, who heads thecentre, has two primary roles: "To act as guardian ofthe Olympic written and visual patrimony for thegenerations to come, and to encourage research,