Collection MS 3 A2022.000.011 - Rossland Club Collection

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Rossland Club Collection

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  • Textual record
  • Photographic material

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CA RMDC MS 3 A2022.000.011

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  • [1898-1969] (Creation)
    Creator
    Rossland Club
    Place
    Rossland

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Physical description

42 cm of textual records
Photographs

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([1898-1969])

Administrative history

The Rossland Club was established on November 12, 1896, on the second floor of Dr. Keller’s office on Columbia Avenue. James Sutherland Chisholm Fraser, manager of the Rossland branch of the Bank of Montreal was the first president of the club, accompanied by F.C. Loring as the vice-president and C.A. Cregan as the secretary-treasurer.

On December 1, 1897, the club moved to the former location of the Shaw Hotel on the west end of Columbia Avenue. The building consisted of three floors, all of which were utilized by the Rossland Club. By this time, the club had a membership of 125 and a developing reputation.

In 1899, membership had grown to such an extent that the Rossland Club found it necessary to build its own clubhouse. A new three-story clubhouse was built on the corner of Queen Street and Le Roi Avenue, costing $12,913.44 (approximately $500,000.00 in 2022).

Unfortunately, the building was destroyed on March 1, 1929, in “The Big Fire” which devastated much of Rossland’s business district. The Rossland Club received $14,500.00 (approximately $230,000.00 in 2022) as an insurance payout following the fire - most of which was used to pay off debts. Because of financial constraints and a declining membership, the Rossland Club decided not to rebuild after the fire. The land on which it stood was sold by the club to the West Kootenay Power & Light Company for $400.00 in 1929 (approximately $6,300.00 in 2022).

The club was inactive until July 1, 1931, when the remaining members decided to lease the second floor of the Cooper Block on 2059 Columbia Avenue. The club’s financial difficulties worsened after the fire and their once prestigious reputation began to fade. Despite a concerted effort to increase membership, by March 1950, only twenty-eight members remained in the club. One of the club’s efforts to increase membership was to begin hosting square dancing for members and their wives. Until then, women had not been allowed in the club. Wives, however, were only classed as ‘associate’ members and had no club privileges, no access to the club rooms at any time other than for square dancing, and were not allowed to consume alcohol on the premises. Unsurprisingly, the dances only attracted five new full members in 1952.

In December 1954, the club’s landlord informed the club that they would have to discontinue their square dancing events, meaning that women were no longer allowed in the club. For the entirety of the 1960s, the club was struggling to pay rent or attract new members, and by September 1969, they were asked to vacate their location in the Cooper Block. Following this, the club liquidated their assets and disbanded the organization.

Notable members included but not limited to: J.S.C. Fraser, John Kirkup, Walter H. Aldridge, Lorne A. Campbell, John Andrew Forin, Selwyn Blaylock, William K. Esling.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Ranging from 1898 to 1961, collection includes:

  1. constitution
  2. history
  3. minutes
  4. correspondence
  5. financial records
  6. legal records
  7. reports
  8. personnel
  9. lists
  10. register of guests
  11. liquor licences
  12. ephemera
  13. photographs

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Physical condition

Good

Immediate source of acquisition

Arrangement

Arranged according to RAD and institutional guidelines.

Language of material

  • English

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    Finding aids under development

    Associated materials

    1982.75.1 – Brass Rossland Club Sign
    1993.4.1 – Gavel
    2000.3.6 – Small Rossland Club 25¢ coin or token

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    Accruals

    No further accruals expected.

    General note

    Includes one donation, collection created before donation and therefore is an FIC collection

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    BCAUL control number: RHM-1065

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    Description record identifier

    A2022.000.011

    Institution identifier

    Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

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    Arranged following RAD and institutional guidelines.

    Status

    Revised

    Level of detail

    Partial

    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    Created: 2009
    Revised: 19/07/2021; 02/11/2022

    Language of description

    • English

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