About the Library

Our library includes thousands of periodicals and books related to physique culture; listings of Mizer’s photographs, films and models; letters from Mizer sent to colleagues, friends and family; Mizer’s personal journals spanning more than 50 years; complete sets of Mizer’s Physique Pictorial, published between 1951 and 1990; marketing materials from various publishers and studios; film equipment; and set pieces, props and costumes used in Mizer’s short films. 

While many of these materials come directly from the Mizer estate, others have found their way to the Foundation thanks to the efforts of generous donors who wish to see them live on and used in the pursuit of learning and research. 

The Library’s collection of education materials includes classroom resources, teacher's guides and other educational resources to facilitate teaching about male physique culture in general and Bob MIzer/AMG specifically. 
  • AMG photo sets
  • AMG film clips
  • Teacher’s guides published by the Foundation and other organizations;
Those reference materials listed above are designed to answer questions quickly and/or direct researchers to other sources that may fulfill the information need. Items catalogued in the reference collection may only be accessed on site and must not leave the foundation grounds.

Our Rare Books & Special Collections houses rare books and other published resources of unique historical value or significance. Rare Books & Special Collections was developed essentially through donations from BMF members and collectors and their families. Researchers are welcome to consult items in these collections by appointment

Our growing collection of pulp paperbacks explores the world of gay erotica beginning with the 1950s-era book Beefcake.

From a generous donation from The Magazine Archives, the former tenant at 920 Larkin Street, the Bob Mizer Foundation holds a vast collection of periodicals ranging from rare 1900s Physical Culture magazines to 1950s Physique Magazines to 1970s Hardcore titles. Plus much more related to physique and bodybuilding culture.

The Library is mainly a result of generous donations. Please visit Information for Donors for further details about contributing materials to the collection. 

The Library is accessible to the public for on-site browsing during the BMF's open hours with the exception of Rare Books & Special Collections, which requires an appointment. During reference hours or by appointment, collections staff will be available to answer research questions and to help users navigate the BMF's online catalogue. Please contact the librarian from this form

For more information about borrowing materials from the BMF Library see Using the Library.