1960
Rome
Italy

The Rome Summer Games made the most of ancient sites and history including the Basilica of Maxentius, Caracalla Baths and triumphal arch of Constantine.

Paralympic athletes joined the Games in the same city for the first time and Rome is now recognised as the first Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympics of 1960 saw the first major appearance of the boxer Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali and became one of the best-known boxers of all time.

The National Archives’ collections include coverage of the Games, participation, naming of Republic of Ireland, and involvement of Korea and Formosa.

8 records available

  • Discussions on how to name the Republic of Ireland at 1960 Olympic Games.
    FO 371/145547
    Discussions on how to name the Republic of Ireland at 1960 Olympic Games. FO 371/145547Preview
  • Map of Rome.
    FO 925/4149/23
    Map of Rome. FO 925/4149/23Preview
  • XVII (17th) Olympic Games held in Rome.
    FO 371/153366/1
    XVII (17th) Olympic Games held in Rome. FO 371/153366/1Preview
  • Participation of Korea; press reports on possible meeting between International...
    FO 371/141579
    Participation of Korea; press reports on possible meeting between International... FO 371/141579Preview
  • Participation of Korea; discussions between governments, International Olympic Committee...
    FO 371/150699
    Participation of Korea; discussions between governments, International Olympic Committee... FO 371/150699Preview
  • Aerial photo of Rome, June 1944.
    INF 2/43 (18580)
    Aerial photo of Rome, June 1944. INF 2/43 (18580)Preview
  • Participation of Formosa in Olympic Games; reactions from China.
    FO 371/150557
    Participation of Formosa in Olympic Games; reactions from China. FO 371/150557Preview
  • Participation dispute over representation of China by Formosa at 1960 Games.
    FO 371/141407
    Participation dispute over representation of China by Formosa at 1960 Games. FO 371/141407Preview

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