U.S. Figure Skating Launches SKATING magazine Archive

-Pioneer Fund provides grant for historical project-

Meryl Davis and Charlie White grace the cover of the May 2013 edition of SKATING magazine. (artwork by Andrea Morrison)
(5/2/13) - To commemorate the 90th anniversary of SKATING magazine, U.S. Figure Skating has launched the SKATING magazine Archive, a fully searchable digital database that allows users to access every story and photo published in the magazine since the inaugural December 1923 edition.

SKATING magazine Archive is free to U.S. Figure Skating members and SKATING subscribers through the "Members Only" site at www.usfigureskating.org. The Archive allows users to read text-only versions or view pages as they originally appeared in the magazine. Articles may be downloaded as PDFs and printed to share or display and photos have been arranged in galleries associated with their original story.

"The SKATING magazine Archive is a tremendous asset for our membership," U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. "From personal searches of tests passed to the greatest moments in our sport, the Archive provides access to U.S. Figure Skating's history like never before."

The Pioneer Fund, a private family foundation of the late Helen M. McLoraine, provided a grant to underwrite the SKATING magazine Archive project. The Pioneer Fund, established in 1960, has supported the sport of figure skating for many years through several scholarship programs and by providing grants for special projects.

"Because of the continued patronage of The Pioneer Fund, our members now have U.S. Figure Skating's storied history at their fingertips," Raith said.

Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics, which prints SKATING magazine and previously developed the U.S. Figure Skating Publication Application for mobile devices, began building the SKATING magazine Archive during the summer of 2012.

"We are proud of our relationship with U.S. Figure Skating," Michael Bloomfield, Quad/Graphics Vice President Sales, Media Solutions, said. "The organization is dedicated to serving its membership with unique and visionary projects. The SKATING magazine Archive is the next big step, unlocking more than 40,000 pages of the sport's history and making it available to future generations of skaters and fans."

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