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Sat-Teen Club fonds

1946-1952, 1978-1994

Physical Description:
15.5 cm of textual records. -- 16 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette. -- 1 video cassette

The Sat-Teen Club (short for Saturday Teen Club) was established in Calgary, Alberta in early 1945, under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), to provide social and recreational activities for city teenagers. Members had to be between the ages of 15 and 18, and attend one of the four high schools in Calgary at that time: Crescent Heights, Western Canada, St. Mary's, and Central Collegiate Institute. The club held dances every second Saturday at Western Canada High School, with big bands (such as Sonny Fry and Mart Kenney) or DJs providing the music. The club became the largest teen club in Canada, with over 2000 members. It expanded from being primarily a dance club to include a newspaper, radio show, fashion council, and movie group. The club was disbanded in 1952. Reunions were held by former members in 1978, 1984 and 1994.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of bylaws and minutes (1946-1952); The Sat-Teen newspaper (1946-1948); photographs of club activities (1946-1948); a scrapbook of programs, membership cards, conference ribbons, and newspaper clippings (1946-1948); and miscellaneous club memorabilia (1946-1952). Also consists of planning records for three reunions (1978, 1984, 1993-1994); posters for reunions (1984, 1994); a 1948 movie about the club produced by Sat-Teen member Rob Middleton (who transferred it to VHS for the 1994 reunion); and a CBC radio feature on the 1994 reunion.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Dave Spindel, 1979, YMCA, 1992, R.E. "Bob" McKenna, 2002, Des Barton, 2006, Dick Thomas, 2011, Diane Moore, 2012, and Cathy MacInnes, 2016.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access. Glenbow does not hold copyright to the CBC radio feature.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4796, M-8290-90, M-8877, M-9472, M-9779, PA-3688, F-215

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