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Calgary and District Square and Round Dancers Association fonds

1942-2005, predominant 1950-2005

Physical Description:
5 m of textual records. -- 34 photographs. -- 24 audio discs. -- 2 audio cassettes. -- 2 compact discs

Between 1949 and 1951 many square dance clubs were formed in Calgary, Alberta. The Canadian Square Dance Association was created in Calgary in 1950 to provide leadership, guidelines and coordination to the various groups. Collier Maberley, 1900-1976, was the first president. In 1954 the Calgary and District Square Dance Association was formed as a regional arm to CSDA, and in 1957 was registered under the Societies Act. Its aims are to promote fellowship through square dancing and to coordinate the activities of affiliated clubs. In 1975 the name was changed to the Calgary and District Square and Round Dancers Association. Affiliated clubs included Merry Go Rounders, Queens and Jacks, the Gadabouts, Donkey Dancers, Richmond Revellers, Single Eights, Western Whirlers, Dots and Dashers, Roses 'n Thorns, and Smiling Promenaders.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of executive files, convention material, newsletters, scrapbooks, dance calls, square dance music recordings, photographs of square dance events, and miscellaneous training manuals, handbooks, and programs. Includes dance-related papers from individual members and affiliated clubs; newsletters and magazines from other Canadian and American square dance groups; a recorded interview with Ray Woodard about the history of square dancing in Calgary; and records of Calgary Stampede Square Dance Round-up.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Ray and Margaret Woodard, 1982-2010.

The material is in English.

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

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A large collection of square dancing artifacts, the "Memory Lane" collection, is held by the Cultural History department at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-7523, M-9315, M-9426, RAD-39, RCT-440, PA-2914, PB-884

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