Fonds UKC.ATHL - University of King's College Athletic Records Collection

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University of King's College Athletic Records Collection

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  • 1969 - (Creation)

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8.5 m of textual records and items, comprising 3.5 m of textual records, 4m of trophies and awards (5 trophies in the Archives, 7 on display in the Wardroom), 11 team uniform shirts and 1 team sweater, 2 balls, 1 banner, and 2 3.5" floppy diskettes.

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The collection consists of records created by the Athletics Department and its predecessor bodies. Activities and topics documented include the development of departmental policies and objectives; the maintenance of facilities; departmental and university committees; the intercollegiate athletics program; the recreation program; the operation of athletic and recreational workshops and courses; departmental publications and publicity; and the responsibilities and operations of the Athletic Director.

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The collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1 (Administrative records. - 1982-2009); Series 2 (Financial records. - 1981-2003); Series 3 (Awards records. - 1969-2008); Series 4 (Sports records); Series 4.1 (Badminton. - 1983-2009); Series 4.2 (Basketball. - 1983-2009); Series 4.3 (Cross country); Series 4.4 (Hockey. 1983-2004); Series 4.5 (Rowing. - 1984-1999); Series 4.6 (Rugby. - 1986.2009); Series 4.7 (Soccer. - 1984-2009); and Series 4.8 (Volleyball. - 1983-2009).

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  • English

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University of King's College Archives

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Finding aid for the University of King's College Athletic Records Collection available on MemoryNS, as well as in-person in the King’s Library Archives.

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Further accruals expected, and accruals have occurred beyond the scope of the finding aid (post-2009).

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Sports and recreational activities have long been part of students' lives at the University of King's College. In the beginning, they were a student initiative. During the College's years at its campus in Windsor, Nova Scotia (1789 to the early 1920s), sports were organized by students with no regular funding by the University. However, when the campus was built in Halifax after the 1920 fire in Windsor, the plans included a gymnasium, located in the basement of the Chapel. It served the students until a modern stand-alone gymnasium was constructed in 1963. The first student sport-related society was the Three Elms Cricket Club, which was founded in the 1850s. Its score book for the period 1861-1901 is in the King's Students' Union fonds, series 9. The first published record of athletic, sport or recreational activity at King's was in 1879, when the first issues of the monthly student magazine, The Record, mentioned quoits, cricket, rugby and football being played. Despite extensive investigation during this archival arrangement and description project, it is not clear whether the sport of football played at King's in earlier years was rugby or whether it was football of the type played by modem teams in the Superbowl: ambiguity exists throughout the collection in the use of the term, and even photographs of "football" teams in the University of King's College photographs collectiqn are not determinative. The Board of Governors' first notice of sports was in March of 1893, when minutes recorded that students were using an ice-rink. That same nionth, students requested that the College repair the school field for sporting events. The Collegiate School offered to exchange its Cricket ground for the King's College field. In 1906, students requested that the Board give the students' annual $100 payment for; use of the gymnasium to the Students' Athletic Association instead, to repair the college campus.

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