Fonds F 354 - Wascana Winter Club fonds

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Wascana Winter Club fonds

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F 354

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  • 1928-1967 (Creation)

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1.52 m of textual records
45 photographs : prints
6 photographs : negatives

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In 1928, a group of citizens in Regina, Saskatchewan decided to organize a club with facilities for playing badminton. Shares were sold to raise funds for the construction of a four-court badminton club, located at the corner of Albert Street and 19th Avenue. The Wascana Badminton Club began operating in January, 1930. In 1934, the executive of the Wascana Badminton Club decided to add a figure skating rink to its existing facility. They approached the Regina Figure Skating Club, which operated out of Exhibition Stadium, with a proposal to amalgamate. An agreement was made between the two clubs and construction began on the new rink. On October 1, 1934, the Wascana Badminton Club became known as the Wascana Winter Club.

In 1941, the clubhouse was taken over by the Department of National Defence and became a recruiting and training centre for the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. The facility was turned back to the Wascana Winter Club after the war. A curling rink was added to the facility in 1949. In March, 1974 the roof of the skating and curling section of the building collapsed under heavy snow. The Wascana Winter Club thereafter ceased to operate and was struck off the corporate registry in Saskatchewan on September 15, 1976. The remaining section of the building, used for badminton, was destroyed by fire on May 4, 1977.

The Wascana Winter Club provided its members with skating, badminton and curling facilities, which were open to men, women and children. The Club hosted annual skating carnivals and tournaments and employed skating professionals to give lessons. The Club held memberships in the Canadian Figure Skating Association and the Saskatchewan Badminton Association. The organization was governed by an executive, including a president and secretary-manager; directors; and various committees.

Custodial history

Del Ludvigsen, manager of the Wascana Winter Club, donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1973: 1216 (Photo R) (August, 1973). N.L. Sterritt donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1994: R94-161 (April 20, 1994).

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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by executive members of the Wascana Badminton Club and its successor organization, the Wascana Winter Club during its operation in Regina, Saskatchewan. The types of records included are minutes; financial records; auditors' reports; constitution and by-laws; correspondence; membership lists; photographs; programmes and yearbooks for ice shows and carnivals; a poster; and plans. The fonds includes a small volume of the personal records of Hugh H. Meldrum, former secretary-manager of the Wascana Winter Club, including photographs and financial records.

No series assignment was applied to the records in this fonds. The headings assigned to the records in R-172 are as follows: Minutes; Accounts; Auditors' Reports; Carnival Committees; Club Activities; Club Operations; Correspondence; Curling Shares; Membership; Personal - H.H. Meldrum; Photographs; Plans; Shareholders; Sports Associations and Committees; and Synoptic Ledgers.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use and reproduction of records is subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 603 (old guide GR 159) consists of a fonds description, file listings of some of the textual records and item descriptions of some of the photographs.

Associated materials

Related material: Programmes for the Wascana Winter Club ice shows in 1950 and 1958 are located in the Bert Penfold records in the Regina office (R-E790).

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No further accruals are expected.

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1 print : poster; 3 plans.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 159 (R-172); R-E3752; R-962 (file 25h); Pamphlet File - Programmes - Sports - Skating; Photographs: R-B7270 to R-B7285; Poster: IX.31

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