Fonds 88.026, 16.012, 16.023 - University of Winnipeg Club fonds

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University of Winnipeg Club fonds

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CA UWA 88.026, 16.012, 16.023

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1/4" -- 1'

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  • 1971 - 2016 (Creation)
    University of Winnipeg Club

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0.38 m of textual records
7 photographs
2 diskettes
1 technical drawing

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The original idea for the University of Winnipeg Club began to form during the University’s campus expansion in 1970. The club was intended to be a dedicated lounging, dining, and entertainment space for faculty and staff to form a community that the proposers felt was lacking in the new University’s rapidly developing campus. The first plan, officially proposed in 1971, was to renovate a space in the basement of the neighbouring Mall Hotel. While that plan never took shape, the second, approved by the Board of Regents in 1974, was to refit the fourth floor of the University’s historic Wesley Hall for the purpose. The University of Winnipeg Faculty and Staff Club was then officially incorporated in 1975. The Club obtained a liquor license the following year, notably as the first institution in the University’s history to do so on a permanent basis.

After the initial remodeling when the Club first opened, the space has undergone only a single major change. In 1984, Professor David Hewlett drafted a design to renovate a section of the Club modeled after an English-style pub. The renovations, called the Pub and Snug, were completed in 1985 and the design has not been altered to the present day.

The Club is guided by a Board of Directors; originally the Board was nine, but in 1990 it was expanded to 12. In all cases, all but one of those are elected from among the Club’s membership, and the remaining one is appointed by the President of the University. The President of the Club is, in turn, elected from among the Board in one-year terms. Membership in the Club was at first available to full-time employees of the University, the spouse of a member, or alumni; and was later expanded to include part-time employees and retirees. In 2011 membership was further broadened to alumni, students of the 55+ Program, and employees of the University of Manitoba, Red River College, and CBC.

The Faculty and Staff Club’s membership came to be comprised of a significant proportion of members who were not faculty or staff. At the end of 2012, therefore, the Board discussed the idea of a different name. In 2013 the vote was passed, the paperwork penned, and the name was changed to the University of Winnipeg Club.

Custodial history

The material in this fonds is comprised of three separate accessions. 88.026 was transferred to the Archives in 1988, likely from a board member of the Faculty and Staff Club. 16.012 was donated to the Archives in 2016 after storage in the University of Winnipeg Club by Club President Robert Young. 16.023 was also donated by Robert Young in 2016, but was originally in the custody of designer David Hewlett.

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Fonds consists of records generated by the operations of the University of Winnipeg Club, as a venue for the leisure of its members and for various booked events, as well as an incorporated business with a Board of Directors. The records are primarily comprised of minutes of the Board’s meetings and the Annual General Meeting; the official documentation of its incorporation status, its liquor license, its by-laws, some of its staff positions, catering contracts, and its lease with the University of Winnipeg; and also include ephemera and photographs from Club events, correspondence, lists of its members, and a technical drawing for a major renovation.

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Records in this fonds remain mostly in the order upon accession, and have been subjected to very light archival intervention.

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  • English

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Former Club President Robert Young is in possession of Club records which may be donated to the Archives in the future.

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Finding aid created 11 January 2018 -- Daniel Matthes
Descriptions created 12 January 2018 -- Daniel Matthes

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  • English

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