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Calgary Exhibition and Stampede fonds

1879-2008, predominant 1899-1947

Physical Description:
14.7 m of textual records. -- 644 photographs. -- 213 posters. -- 1 badge

The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. holds a combined agricultural fair and rodeo in Calgary, Alberta every July. It also operates sports arenas, catering and convention facilities, horse racing, and casino gambling. The Stampede was organized in 1884 as the Calgary Agricultural Society, with Augustus Carney as the first president. The first exhibition was organized in 1886 and was held annually until 1894. The Agricultural Society became dormant until 1899 when it was reorganized and reactivated under the name Inter-Western Pacific Exhibition Company. In 1910 the name was changed to the Calgary Industrial Exhibition Company. The present name has been used since 1933. The name of the annual fair has varied: Calgary Exhibition (1886-1894), Inter-Western Pacific Exhibition (1899-1903), Calgary Agricultural and Industrial Fair (1904-1906), Calgary Fair (1907), Dominion Exhibition (1908), Alberta Provincial Exhibition (1909-1910), Calgary Industrial Exhibition (1911-1918), Calgary Exhibition (1919-1955), and Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (1956- ). The first Stampede, instigated by Guy Weadick, was held in 1912. It was not repeated until 1919, when a "Great Victory Stampede" was held. The Stampede was held in conjunction with the Calgary Exhibition in 1923, and the combined event was such a success, it was held every July since. In 2012 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated the Stampede as a National Historic Event. For further information see A Brand of its Own : the 100 Year History of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede / James H. Gray. - Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1985; and "The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede : Culture, Context and Controversy, 1884-1923" / L. English. -- University of Calgary : unpublished master's thesis, 1999.

Scope and Content:
The fonds includes bylaws (1899-1947), minutes (1899-1927), annual reports (1899-2007), lists of shareholders, financial records, plans and construction records for buildings and grounds, and the General Manager's correspondence (1897-ca. 1967). Includes records of The Stampede (rodeo events): entry forms, financial records, score sheets, results, correspondence of the Stampede Manager or Arena Director (1912-1950). Includes records of livestock shows and sales, including records of several livestock breeders' associations: Alberta Livestock Associations (1901-1929), Alberta Cattle Breeders' Association (1900-1985), Alberta Horse Breeders' Association (1900-1917), Alberta Sheep Breeders' Association (1902-1928), Alberta Swine Breeders' Association (1903-1917), Hunters' Improvement Association (1909-1921), and Canadian French Coach Horse Breeders' Association (1910-1924). The Alberta associations used the geographical designation "Territorial" in their names prior to 1905. Includes horse racing programs, score cards, results, financial records, and correspondence (1905-1955). Includes records of the Victoria Athletic Club (1922-1924) and Western Canada Hockey League (1932-1938), and correspondence with the Calgary Tigers hockey club. Includes records of the Canadian tours of the Coldstream Guards Band (1926) and Royal Air Force Band (1928). Includes some personal papers of long-time General Manager E. L. Richardson (1908-1915). Includes historical and statistical information, programs, prize lists, guides, exhibit catalogues, promotional brochures, invitations, menus, stickers, tickets, bulletins, stationery, and posters. Includes photographs of Calgary Exhibition and Stampede events, buildings, grounds, contestants, guests, and other personalities. RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Farm Co., Alberta Kennel Club, Alberta Society of Artists, Alberta Stampede Co., Alberta Stampede Managers' Association, Charles Beil, Jack Bullough, R. J. Burns, Burns & Dutton, CFAC (radio station), Calgary Turf Club, Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Petroleum Association, E. J. Chambers, Chinook Jockey Club, Dick Cosgrave, James W. Davidson, Jack Dillon, Dutton Bros., Edmonton Exhibition, Maurice Hartnett, Industrial Exhibition Association of Toronto, Fred Kennedy, George MacKenzie, F. P. McOye, National Hockey League, Pacific Coast Hockey League, C. W. Peterson, O. W. Powell, Prairie Thoroughbred Breeders and Racing Association, Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, R. James Speers Corporation, C. M. Richardson, Tiger Hockey Club, Lloyd Turner, R. A. Wallace, Guy Weadick, Western Canada Fairs Association, Western Canada Association of Exhibitions, J. Charles Yule.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board, Provincial Archives of Alberta, Fraser-Ft. George Museum, Medicine Hat Historical and Museum Foundation, and private collectors, 1958-2007.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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-2160, M-9162, PA-410, PA-724, PA-937, PA-1158, PA-1409, PA-3231, PA-3307, PB-265, PB-324, PB-325, PB-368, PC-91, PE-41, NA-454, NA-958, NA-1451, NA-1473, NA-4714, NA-5368, NA-5441, NA-5474, NA-5475, NF-38, S-16

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