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Canadian Hostelling Association fonds


Physical Description:
14 m of textual records. -- 106 photographs. -- 13 audio cassettes. -- 2 audio reels

The Canadian Youth Hostels Association originated in Alberta in 1933 when a group of Calgary women, led by Mary and Catherine Barclay, established North America's first youth hostel at Bragg Creek. The first president was Donald Cameron, and the first secretary Mary Barclay. The association grew and spread across the country, and forms part of an international network which provides accommodation at modest cost to young travellers. The national office was in Calgary from 1933 to 1941. It was subsequently moved to Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, and since 1971 has again been in Ottawa. In 1976 the name was changed to the Canadian Hostelling Association. In 2011 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated the establishment of the Bragg Creek Hostel as a National Historic Event. For a detailed administrative history see Fifty Years of Canadian Hostelling / Canadian Hostelling Association. - Calgary : Detselig Enterprises, 1988. In 2004 the Southern Alberta and British Columbia regions merged and their offices consolidated in Vancouver. In 2008 the Northern Alberta office in Edmonton closed and its functions were also assumed by Vancouver.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records of the Mountain Region/Southern Alberta Hostelling Association: minutes, annual reports, correspondence, briefs and submissions, financial statements, scrapbooks and photographs of hostelling in southern Alberta, and Bragg Creek Hostel guest book; records of the National Office: constitution and bylaws, minutes, annual reports, circulars, newsletters, briefs and submissions, and correspondence with regional associations; and reference material compiled for the writing of the 50th anniversary book: newsclippings, biographical files, scrapbooks, interviews, and register of Woodstock, Ontario hostel (1950-1952).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Banff, Minnie Barnes, Francois Bedard, Graham Bell, Kay Black, Len Brown, Minnie Burns, Robert Burns, Canadian National Parks Association, Don Campbell, Joe Clitheroe, Rudy Comeault, Jim Cummingham, Ivy Devereux, Dorothy Kelly Frost, Lawrence Grassi, Gwen Gray, Charles Harris, Marjorie Harris, Hostellers' Equipment Coop (Edmonton), Richard James, Kurt Jonassohn, Bob Jones, Myra Kelsey, Jenny Kerkham, Dennis Lewis, Don Louden, Ray Marriner, Medicine Hat hostel, Ethel Mitchell, Ida Nelson, North West Mountaineers (Edmonton), Hilda Pillidge, Charles W. Ross, Dorothy Allen Simonetti, Flo Spear, W.J. Selby Walker, Laura Andrews Wenger, and Boyd White.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mary Barclay and the Canadian Hostelling Association, 1970-2016.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1696, M-2169, M-6854, M-7832, M-8197, M-8257, M-8404, M-8816, M-9048, M-9448, M-9579, M-9775, RCT-861, PA-2561, PA-2660, PA-3170, PB-815, PD-209, NA-2468, NA-5157, RCT-861

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