James Naismith’s Original Rules of Basket Ball to Be Shown at the Nelson-Atkins


KANSAS CITY, MO.- James Naismith thumbtacked the freshly typed 13 rules for his new game, Basket Ball, to a gymnasium bulletin board in December 1891. Now nearly 120 years later, the public will have a rare chance to see the landmark document that launched a cultural legacy in a display at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. James Naismith’s Original Rules of Basket Ball opens to the public Saturday, March 5, in Kirkwood Hall at the Museum. At 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, the Nelson-Atkins will unveil the exhibition with a press conference that features David Booth and Suzanne Deal Booth, who purchased the Rules of Basket Ball at a Sotheby’s auction Dec. 10 for more than $4 million. The selling price exceeded other exceptional items sold the same day, including Robert F. Kennedy’s copy of the