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The Holyoke Canoe Club became a premier social spot for residents of Holyoke and its surrounding communities over its 120+ year history. The first series of this collection contains documents relating to the actions of the club’s executive committee in the 20th century. The second series contains membership applications, letters of resignation, and related materials from the 20th century, concentrated mostly around the year 1920. The third series contains club financial documents, including ledgers, purser’s reports, insurance information, and loose receipts, spanning from the late 19th century until the 1980s. The fourth series contains newspaper clippings and scans related to club activities and events, as well as photographs of the club and club events from the early 1900s through the 1980s. The newspaper clippings focus heavily on tennis tournaments and former commodore Thomas Auld, and the photographs focus heavily on events and flooding in the 1980s. The fifth series contains various correspondence within the executive board, between the executive board and members, and between the executive board and outside agencies from the 20th century. The sixth and final series contains ephemera from throughout the club’s history, including club by-laws, novelty items such as license plates, blank forms, and notes.

The range of documents available through this collection shows the history of the Holyoke Canoe Club through financial, secretarial, photographic, and enrollment lenses.

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Keywords for This Collection

Canoe, canoeing, Connecticut River, correspondence, membership, photographs, documents, clippings, recreation, clubs.

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research.

Collection Details
1888 – 1993, 15 boxes (10.5 linear feet)

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