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Fonds AM604 - Vancouver Rowing Club fonds

V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club]/U.B.C. [University of British Columbia] gold medal coxless four - ... V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club]/U.B.C. [University of British Columbia]B.E. & C. [British Empi... Vancouver Rowing Club - rowing float in front of clubhouse Coal Harbour 1931, Vancouver Rowing Club eight V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club] "Old-Timers" carrying "Victor Spencer" four Vancouver, B.C. 1928 - B.C. rugby executives Aerial view [of Coal Harbour] taken about 1924 Coal Harbour scene - 1914 - Vancouver Rowing Club eight 1914 V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club] Eight on Rowing Club float, Coal Harbour Vancouver Rowing Club Hockey Team, 1912-1913 Vancouver Rowing Club eight crew on club float with clubhouse in background V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club] champion rugby Fifteen 1910-11 V.R.C. [Vancouver Rowing Club] crew group photo 1st Vancouver Rowing Club

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Vancouver Rowing Club fonds

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  • 1888 - 1985 (Creation)
    Vancouver Rowing Club

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1.3 m of textual records. - ca. 600 photographs

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The Vancouver Rowing Club, oldest athletic club in the city, was founded in 1899, as an amalgamation of the Vancouver Boating Club (founded 1886) and the Burrard Inlet Rowing Club (founded 1890). Their clubhouse, familiar landmark on Coal Harbour, was built in 1911. The club began as a rowing and boating club, but other sports have played a part in the Vancouver Rowing Club's history, including rugby, cricket, field hockey, jogging and tennis. Over the years, club members have successfully participated in Olympic Games, the British Empire Games, Pan Am Games, and other major competitions and regattas. Members of the Vancouver Rowing Club were actively involved in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Rowing and Sculling Committee. The club had strong affiliations with other rowing organizations including the North Pacific Association of Amateur Oarsmen and the joint sponsorship of the University of British Columbia (VRC/UBC) rowing team. The yachting section of the Vancouver Rowing Club was called the Burrard Yacht Club from 1932 to 1975 when it was renamed the Vancouver Rowing Club Yachting Section.

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The fonds consists of annual general and executive meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, reference material from associated organizations such as the Rowing Committee of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games Society (1954), memorabilia, publications, scrapbooks and photographs. The Vancouver Rowing Club deliberately documented its activities and its members' participation in sporting events as well as their contribution to the larger community, creating historical notes and statistics, as well as the scrapbook collections of newspaper clippings. The fonds includes transcriptions of original material made by John Arthur Carver for his book "The Vancouver Rowing Club: A History 1886-1980", Vancouver: A.F. Roberts, 1980 (available for viewing in C.V.A. Book Collection, call number GV 798.C37).
The fonds is arranged in 9 series: Minutes of meetings (1899-1975); Incorporation and by-law records (1915); Correspondence (1965-1985); Annual summary reports (1899-1955); Subject files (1890-1981); Yachting Section records (1980-1985); Publications (1937-1985); Scrapbooks (1913-1979); and Photographs (ca. 1890-1981).

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Initial material was donated by John A. Carver on behalf of the Vancouver Rowing Club in 1976, with additions made in 1981, 1984, and 1988. V. Lehtner donated material from the Yachting Section in 1986.


This material has been arranged by an archivist and may also reflect the interests of the donor John A. Carver as club historian and author of the book "The Vancouver Rowing Club".

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