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Blaine Canadian sports history collection
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Blaine Canadian sports history collection

  • CA MRUASC C0011
  • Collection
  • 1906-2019

Collection documents the history of professional, amateur, and varsity/collegiate sport in Canada, particularly hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo. The collection illustrates the development of these sports in the 20th and early 21st centuries (the period from the 1940s to the 1990s is particularly well-documented), and focuses on Canadian leagues as well as international leagues in which Canadian teams participated. Most of the collection relates to Canadian teams and athletes (although American teams are also well-represented), with a particular focus on Alberta and Western Canada.

The collection largely consists of publications, ephemera, and promotional objects including: game and tournament programs, photographs, magazines, media guides, yearbooks, schedules, calendars, trading cards, game tickets, pins and buttons, pennants, patches, and decals.

The collection is arranged into 5 series by sport: hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo (devoted to the Calgary Stampede). The collection was meticulously organized and documented by the donor Bob Blaine, with most of the collection housed in binders that are arranged by level of competition (professional, amateur, varsity/collegiate), league, date range, and type of material. The contents of each binder are further arranged, typically by material type and date, and many items are accompanied by detailed supplementary contextual information provided by Blaine.

Senior

Subsubseries contains records relating to Senior Canadian football leagues and their membership teams. Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Ontario Rugby Football Union, Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union, Alberta Rugby Union, Manitoba Rugby Football Union, Western Inter-provincial Football Union, Eastern Canada Armed Services Football, and Western Canada Armed Services Football.

Football

Series documents Canadian football at the professional, senior amateur, junior amateur, and varsity/collegiate levels. Series relates to Canadian leagues (especially those in Western Canada) as well as international leagues in which Canadian teams played. Series consists of programs, brochures, tickets, magazines, yearbooks, schedules, media guides, trading cards, and photographs, as well as promotional objects including decals and patches.

Documented professional leagues include: the Canadian Football League (1960-2018, including Grey Cup finals and all-star games), Ontario Rugby Football Union (1940-1960), Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union (1945-1959), Western Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union (1945-1959), Ontario Rugby Football Union (1945-1960), American Football League (1960-1969), National Football League (1933-1999), United States Football League (1983-1987), World Football League (1974-1975), and World League of American Football (1990-1992).

Senior amateur leagues include: the Ontario Rugby Football Union (1906-1915), Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union (1907-1940), Alberta Rugby Union (1919-1936), Ontario Rugby Football Union (1919-1939, Manitoba Rugby Football Union (1930-1935), Western Inter-provincial Football Union (1936-1941), Eastern Canada Armed Services Football (1941-1944), and Western Canada Armed Services Football (1942-1944).

Junior and varsity/collegiate leagues include the Calgary High School Football League (1912-1999), Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union (1919-1966), Canadian Junior Football Final (1925-1999), Western Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union (1927-1948), Saskatchewan Junior Football Union (1946-1952), Alberta Junior Football League (1950-1975), Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League (1953-1975), Prairie Junior Football Conference (1976-1999), Western Canada Intercollegiate Athletic Union (1959-1966), and NCAA Football (1950-1999).

Baseball

Series documents Canadian professional and senior amateur baseball, including Canadian leagues (especially those in Western Canada) and international leagues in which Canadian teams participated. Series consists of: programs, brochures, tickets, magazines, yearbooks, photographs, scorecards, trading cards, postcards, and schedules, as well as promotional objects including buttons, patches, decals, and pennants.

Documented professional leagues include: Major League Baseball (1908-2009), the Pacific Coast Baseball League (1950-2002), Western International Baseball League (1946-1954), Northern Baseball League (1946-2010), International Baseball League (1946-1999), and the Pioneer Baseball League (1977-1984).

Documented senior amateur leagues include: the Alberta Big Four Inter City Baseball League (1947-1950), Western Canada Baseball League (1955-1964), Southern Alberta Baseball League (1958-1959), Canadian American Baseball League (1959), and the Alberta Major Baseball League (1967-1975).

Professional

Subseries contains records relating to professional baseball leagues and their membership teams. Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Major League Baseball (MLB), Pacific Coast Baseball League, Western International Baseball League, Northern Baseball League, International Baseball League, Alberta Big Four Inter City Baseball League, Pioneer Baseball League. Subseries contains exhibition, playoff, and Worl Series programs as well as tickets, photographs, cards, schedules, magazines, and promotional materials.

Hockey

Series documents Canadian hockey at the professional and amateur (junior, intermediate, and senior) levels. Series relates to Canadian leagues (especially those in Western Canada) and international leagues in which Canadian teams took part. Series consists of programs, yearbooks, media guides, tickets, magazines (including Blueline Hockey Monthly, Hockey Pictorial, and National Hockey Annual), photographs, schedules, trading cards, calendars, as well as promotional objects including patches and decals.

Documented professional leagues include: the National Hockey Association (from 1909 to 1917), Pacific Coast Hockey Association (1911-1924), Western Canada Hockey League (1921-1933), Western Hockey League (1925-1926, 1948-1974), Prairie Hockey League (1926-1928, 1971-1972), Canadian-American Hockey League (1926-1936), Canadian Professional Hockey League (1926-1930), American Hockey Association (1926-1942), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1928-1931), International American Hockey League (1929-1936), North West Hockey League (1933-1936), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1936-1941), International Hockey League (1945-1951), United States Hockey League (1945-1951), Quebec Hockey League (1953-1959), Eastern Professional Hockey League (1959-1963), World Hockey Association (1972-1979), National Hockey League (1917-2017, including Stanley Cup finals and all-star games), and the Super Series (1975-1992).

Senior and intermediate amateur leagues include: the West Kootenay Hockey League (1922-1946), Ottawa City Senior Hockey League (1923-1945), Montreal Senior Group Hockey League (1927-1937), Northern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1927-1938), Southern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1927-1938), Edmonton District Senior Hockey Association (1928-1936), Southern Alberta Senior Hockey League (1928-1936), Alberta Senior Six Hockey League (1936-1938), Quebec Senior Hockey League (1937-1953), Alberta Senior Hockey League (1938-1941, 1965-1971), Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1938-1942), Manitoba Services Hockey League (1939-1945), Halifax Senior Hockey League (1940-1946), Alberta-British Columbia Hockey League (1941-1942), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1941-1948), Western Canada Intermediate (1941-1947), Lower Mainland Senior Hockey League (1942-1943), Vancouver Island Hockey League (1942-1943), Alberta Services Hockey League (1942-1945), Southern Alberta's Inter-station Hockey League (1943-1944), Northern Alberta Inter-service Hockey League (1944-1945), Camp Borden Hockey League (1944-1945), Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey League (1945-1951), Western Canada Senior Hockey League (1945-1951, 1965-1968), Big Six Hockey League (1945-1960), Maritime Amateur Hockey League (1946-1950), Cape Breton Senior Hockey League (1946-1951), Western International Hockey League (1946-1988), Maritime Major Hockey League (1950-1954), Okanagan Senior Amateur Hockey League (1951-1970), Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1951-1971), Central Alberta Intermediate Hockey League (1952-1965), Alberta-Montana Hockey League (1953-1955), and the Alberta Senior Hockey Exhibition (1964-1965). Documented senior amateur tournaments include: the Allan Cup (1908-1999), World Amateur Hockey Championships (1920-1976), and the Alexander Trophy (1951-1954).

Junior leagues include: the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (1936-1966), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (1940-1960), Edmonton City Junior Hockey League (1945-1950), Southern Alberta Junior A Hockey League (1946-1948), Western Junior Hockey League (1948-1956), Alberta Junior Hockey League (1964-2010), Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (1966-1967), Western Canada Junior Hockey League (1967-1968), Western Canada Hockey League (1968-1978). The Canadian Olympic team is also documented for the years 1968-1988.

Professional

Subseries documents men's professional level ice hockey leagues and teams in Canada and the United States. Subseries documents league and exhibition games, playoff games, and hockey tournaments and special events such as the Canada Cup, Stanley Cup, and Soviet Super Series. Subseries contains programs, photographs, tickets, cards, schedules, guides, magazines, stickers, and other promotional materials.
Subsereis in broken into three subsubseries: SSS1-National Hockey League, SSS2-World Hockey Association, and SSS3-Western Canada Hockey League and also contains records relating to the following leagues: American Hockey Association, American Hockey League, Canadian Professional Hockey League, Canadian-American Hockey League, Eastern Professional Hockey League, International American Hockey League, International Hockey League, National Hockey Association, North West Hockey League, Pacific Coast Hockey Association, Pacific Coast Hockey League, Prairie Hockey League, Quebec Hockey League, United States Hockey League.

National Hockey League

Subsubseries contains records relating to the National Hockey League (NHL) and its membership teams. The National Hockey League is a men's professional level hockey league that was established in 1917. The league currently consists of thirty one teams from Canada and the United States. Subsubseries contains gameday programs from current and defunct league teams as well as programs from special events such as All Star games, Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Soviets vs. NHL Super Series. Subsubseries also contains tickets, schedules, calendars, press guides, yearbooks, photographs, collector cards, hockey publications, and other promotional products.

Rodeo

Series documents rodeo competition at the Calgary Stampede and its promotion. Series consists of: programs, guides, brochures, branded stationary, as well as promotional objects including pins, patches, buttons, tokens, and decals.

Professional

Subsubseries contains records relating to North American professional football leagues and their membership teams. The majority of these leagues are Canadian. Subseries also contains records relating to special events such as exhibition games, league playoffs, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and Grey Cup finals. Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Ontario Rugby Football Union, Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union, Western Inter-provincial Football Union, Canadian Football League, American Football League, National Football League, United States Football League, World Football League, and World League of American Football.

Western Canada Hockey League

Subsubseries documents the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), which was a men's professional level hockey league that formed in 1921 and was later renamed the Western Hockey League (WHL). Subsubseries contains programs from league, playoff, and All Star games as well as photographs, cards, schedules, tickets, guides, postcards, decals, and other promotional materials.

Junior/varsity

Subsubseries contains records relating to Junior, Collegiate, and High School football leagues and their membership teams. The majority of these leagues are Canadian. Subseries also contains records relating to special events and league playoffs such as Canadian Junior Football Final, Vanier Cup Final, Hula Bowl, and Rose Bowl. Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Calgary High School Football League, Canadian Inter-collegiate Rugby Football Union, Western Inter-collegiate Rugby Football Union, Saskatchewan Junior Football League, Alberta Junior Football League, Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League, Prairie Junior Football Conference, Western Canada Intercollegiate Athletic Union, Canada East Universities Athletic Association, Canada West Universities Athletic Association, Canadian Inter-collegiate Athletic Union, and National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Senior

Subseries documents men's senior level ice hockey leagues and teams in Canada, with a particular focus on Alberta and western Canada. Subseries contains records relating to leagues, teams, and special events and tournaments such as the Allan Cup and Alexander Trophy finals. Subseries contains programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, schedules, yearbooks, guides, and other promotional material.
Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Alberta British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Montana Hockey League, Alberta Senior Hockey Exhibition, Alberta Senior Six Hockey League, Alberta Services Hockey League, Big Six Hockey League, Camp Borden Hockey League, Cape Breton Senior Hockey League, Central Alberta Intermediate Hockey League, Edmonton District Senior Hockey Association, Halifax Senior Hockey League, Manitoba Services Hockey League, Maritime Amateur Hockey League, Maritimes Major Hockey League, Montreal Senior Group Hockey League, Northern Alberta Inter-Service Hockey League, Northern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League, Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey League, Okanagan Senior Amateur Hockey League, Ontario City Senior Hockey League, Pacific Coast Hockey League, Prairie Hockey League, Quebec Senior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League, Southern Alberta Senior Hockey League, Southern Alberta's Inter-Station Hockey League, Vancouver Island Hockey League, West Kootenay Hockey League, Western Canada Senior Hockey League, and Western International Hockey League.

Junior

Subseries documents men's junior level ice hockey leagues and teams in Alberta and western Canada. Junior hockey is open to amateur players twenty years old and under. Subseries contains records relating to leagues, teams, and the Memorial Cup playoffs. Subseries contains programs, photographs, yearbooks, guides, and promotional patches.

Subseries contains records from the following leagues: Alberta Junior Hockey League, Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, Edmonton City Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Southern Alberta Junior A Hockey League, Western Canada Hockey League.

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