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James Bay Athletic Association records
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- James Bay Athletic Association
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Originals, 1.8 m
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The James Bay Athletic Association, the oldest Canadian amateur athletic organization west of Montreal, dates to 1886 when a group of men from Victoria's James Bay district formed a baseball team called the James Bays. The Association's interests expanded to include rugby, track and field, basketball, tennis, wrestling, soccer and ice hockey. The association's rugby team is still active today.
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The James Bay Athletic Association [JBAA], the oldest Canadian amateur athletic organization west of Montreal, dates from 1886 (inc. 1890). Early records include: minutes, 1927-1930 and articles of incorporation 1927. Most of the unit spans the years 1966-1977 and includes: minutes, 1966-1978; reports; financial records; correspondence files; newsletters; team files and subject files. Also includes papers concerning the British Columbia Rugby Union [BCRU] and the Victoria Rugby Union [VRU] which became the Vancouver Island Rugby Union [VIRU] in 1976. BCRU files include reports, minutes (1968, 1973, 1976, 1977). VRU/VIRU files include reports, minutes (1965-1977), constitutions. The JBAA's athletic interests grew to include rugby, track and field, basketball, tennis, badminton, wrestling, Canadian football, soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey; eventually, however, interest in sports other than rugby suffered. Active in rugby to this day, the teams of the JBAA have compiled an impressive playing record. JBAA records include some early material: minutes, 1927-1930, articles of incorporation 1927, etc.; however, the bulk of the records span the years 1966-1977 and includes minutes, 1966-1978, reports, financial records, correspondence files, newsletters, team files and various subject files. Also included are papers concerning the British Columbia Rugby Union [BCRU] and the Victoria Rugby Union [VRU] which became the Vancouver Island Rugby Union [VIRU] in 1976. BCRU files include reports, minutes, etc., VRU/VIRU files include reports, minutes, constitutions, etc.
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Presented by the JBAA, Victoria, 1980.
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Photographs have been transferred to the Visual Records accession 198102-64 (HP093819-HP093824, HP094679-HP094687).
Tape recorded interviews, 5 cassettes (interviews with: Bert Buller, Harry Turner, Mel Davidson, Sonny Vickery, Alec McDonald, P. Vocher, Campbell Sanson, and Alan Wright).
Video tape history transferred to the Sound and Moving Image collection (Color video tape, 39 minutes 10 seconds, produced by David Prette, Douglas Chatwin and Michael Kirby, Camosun College. Shows the history and development of the JBAA through photographs, contemporary game footage and interviews).
Newspaper clippings transferred to Vertical Clippings files.
Accession number(s): MS-1227; 80-007; 2016.95
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