Collection Description: Anton Geesink is one of the Netherlands’ most colorful and active athletes of the latter half of the twentieth century. With one Olympic gold medal (at the Tokyo Games of 1964) and multiple Dutch, European and world titles in judo under his belt, forays into wrestling, a career as a judo promoter, coach and trainer, appearances in movies, commercials and on television, and a career as a sports administrator in organizations like the International Judo Federation, the International Olympic Committee and the Dutch National Olympic Committee – National Sports Federation, Geesink led an active and diverse life.
Standing at 40 running meters, Geesink’s voluminous personal archive contains records relating to all aspects of his personal and professional life, ranging from accounts of his financial situation and his business ventures, to photographs of his leisure travels. The archive is especially valuable for those wanting to research his functions as a Dutch and international sports administrator in both judo and the Olympic movement, as it contains a number of series with administrative records and correspondence relating to his functions in the Dutch Olympic Committee, the IOC, the International Judo Federation, as well as in a number of smaller Dutch, and European sports organizations. Especially with regard to Geesink’s role as a member of the IOC (1987-2010), his archive contains a sizeable series of relating to aspects such as his role in the IOC’s Sport for All Commission, as a delegate to the Games, or as member of the commission evaluating cities’ bids to host the Games.
Of his career as an active athlete prior to 1967 and his work as a judo coach and trainer, fewer records – especially photographs, newspaper clippings and some letters – have survived. In addition to the many photographs documenting a wide range of aspects of Geesink’s life scattered throughout the archive, there is a smaller section of movie clips and audio-files available, as well as books on judo, sports training and the Olympic movement.
Online Finding Aid link: http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/onderzoek/resultaten/archieven?mivast=39&mizig=210&miadt=39&micode=1391&miview=inv2 (in Dutch)
Archive Name: Het Utrechts Archief
Archive Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Archive Website: http://hetutrechtsarchief.nl