Coffin was a bodybuilder and collector of bodybuilding memorabilia, especially on the subject of Eugen Sandow.
The collection contains original and copy photographs of Eugen Sandow and other bodybuilders and actors, by well known photographers Arthur Weston, Warwick Brooks, Napoleon Sarony, B.J. Falk, George Steckel, and others; correspondence with well-known bodybuilders such as Joe Weider and Katie Sandwina; and articles and pamphlets about Sandow.
Ernest Edwin Coffin Collection, ca. 1890s-1940s. Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Physical education and training
2009.3021 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves