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Canadian Professional Rodeo Association fonds


Physical Description:
6.13 m of textual records. -- 8 microfilm reels. -- 24 photographs

The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association originated in 1944 when a group of rodeo cowboys banded together to form the Cowboys' Insurance Association. Members contributed $1.00 to a mutual insurance fund for each rodeo competed in. The name soon changed to the Cowboys' Protective Association, with Ken Thomson as the first president. In 1965 the group incorporated under the name Canadian Rodeo Cowboys' Association, and in 1980 the present name was adopted. Under the auspices of CPRA, rodeo has become a well-organized and well-regulated sport, with a comprehensive insurance and medical program, and a system of fines and suspensions for those breaking CPRA rules. In 1968 CPRA took over publication of the rodeo newspaper, Canadian Rodeo News, from the original publisher, Harold Mandeville.

Custodial History:
The records from 1944-1976 were held by the University of Calgary from 1977-1985, when they were transferred to Glenbow.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes (on microfilm), general and membership correspondence, correspondence with local rodeo committees, judges cards, rule books and directories, rodeo programs and posters, financial statements and press kits. Also includes articles of association, advertising correspondence and financial records of Canadian Rodeo News.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: ALBERTA RODEOS: Airdrie, Alix, Athabasca, Barrhead, Bassano, Benalto, Black Diamond, Brooks, Bruce, Byemoor, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Camrose, Cardston, Caroline, Castor, Claresholm, Coronation, Edmonton Exhibition, Edson, Fort Macleod, Gem, Grande Prairie, Grimshaw, Hand Hills, Hanna, Hardisty, High Level, High Prairie, High River, Lacombe, Lake McGregor, Lea Park, Lethbridge, Lousana, Mannville, Medicine Hat, Olds, Ponoka, Raymond, Red Deer, Rimbey, St. Albert, Stavely, Stettler, Taber, Vauxhall, Vermilion, Viking, Wainwright, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt. SASKATCHEWAN RODEOS: Alsask, Bengough, Esterhazy, Fort Qu'Appelle, La Fleche, Makota, Maple Creek, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Regina, Rockglen, Saskatoon, Shaunavon, Swift Current, Watrous, Weyburn, Winterburn and Yorkton. MANITOBA RODEOS: Brandon, Manitou, Morris, Swan River, and Winnipeg. BRITISH COLUMBIA RODEOS: Armstrong, Ashcroft, Clinton, Cloverdale, Falkland, Haney, Invermere, Kamloops, Merritt, Penticton, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Vancouver, Vernon, Williams Lake and Winfield. OTHER SUBJECTS: Canadian Girls' Rodeo Association, Canadian Stampede Managers Association, Central Alberta Stampede Association, chuckwagon racing, Imperial Ranch (Alberta), and Guy Weadick.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and University of Calgary Library, 1982-1985.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original minutes are held by CPRA.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6512, M-7072, Microfilm-Canadian Professional Rodeo, PA-3052

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