Héritage digitizes archival sources in athletic history
The Héritage Project, a 10-year collaboration between Canadiana.org and Library and Archives Canada, is making available the personal papers of influential Canadian athletes, as well as the corporate records of key organizations in the history of Canadian sport.
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association fonds
The papers, including minutebooks, correspondence and scrapbooks, of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA), Canada's oldest athletic association. The MAAA came into being in June 1881 as a confederation of three sporting clubs: the Montreal Snowshoe Club, the Montreal Bicycle Club and the Montreal Lacrosse Club. By 1890, Montreal's Toboggan Club and Football Club had joined, and there were also connected clubs belonging to the organization such as the local Hockey Club, the Fencing Club, the Boxing Club, the Drama Club, the Chess Club and the “Cinderella Club” (a social club). The original playing fields of the MAAA, used first for lacrosse and later for football, were considered to be among the finest in Montreal. In 1905 the MAAA moved into its current location on Peel Street in downtown Montreal, their original grounds were rented to McGill University and were ultimately sold to the City of Westmount in 1936. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the MAAA was one of the most important sporting institutions in Canada with affiliated hockey teams winning the Stanley Cup, a Montreal club winning the Grey Cup of Canadian football in 1931, and some of the association's individuals winning Olympic gold medals in sports such as weight-throwing and swimming.
Barbara Ann Scott - Black Scrapbook, 1949-1950
Newspaper clippings and published material centering around Barbara Ann Scott's (1928-2012) professional skating career. Barbara Ann Scott was the 1948 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (1947-48), and a four-time Canadian national champion (1944-46, 1948) in ladies' singles. Known as "Canada's Sweetheart", she is the only Canadian to have won the Olympic ladies' singles gold medal, the first North American to have won three major titles in one year and the only Canadian to have won the European Championship (1947-48).
Canadian Amateur Hockey Association fonds
Administrative files from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), the national governing body of amateur hockey in Canada from 1914 until 1994. The association was formed with the goal of facilitating the Allan Cup, but the group eventually took over the role of providing teams to play in international tournaments and the Olympic Games. The CAHA also became Memorial Cup trustees in 1919, a role that lasted until the trophy became entrusted to the Canadian Hockey League in 1985. Documents all aspects of the association's activities between 1926 and 1971, including meeting minutes, by-laws and hockey rules.
Royal Caledonian Curling Club
Minutebooks, letterbooks, correspondence, and other records Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), the mother club and governing body of curling, 1852-1962. The RCCC was founded in July 1838 in Edinburgh with the purpose of uniting curlers throughout the globe. It was granted its royal charter in 1843 by Queen Victoria. In 1852, representatives of the Quebec, Stadacona, Montreal, and Montreal Thistle curling clubs established the Canadian branch of the RCCC in order to promote the game in Canada. Curling clubs from Ontario and Quebec joined the branch, and as the game became increasingly popular in Ontario, where clubs predominantly used granite stones rather than the irons employed by branch clubs, other curling associations were organized. The branch's membership became restricted to parts of Quebec and eastern Ontario. In 1904, a group of women curlers met to form a permanent organization for annual bonspiels, and the following year their committee adopted the name of the Ladies Curling Association. The Granite Curling Association was established in 1924 to encourage the granite game within the Canadian branch. In 1950, the operations of the Granite Curling Association and the Canadian branch were amalgamated. In 1956, the Canadian branch became affiliated with the Dominion (later Canadian) Curling Association which included all other provincial curling organizations in Canada.