Madawaska Club

Title:  Madawaska Club fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1898-1983

Physical description: 2.92 metres of textual, graphic and sound recording records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: 

Cottaging in the Go Home Bay area began in 1898 when The Madawaska Club was formed by a group associated with the University of Toronto who were interested in combining scientific research with recreation. The name was chosen because they originally hoped to acquire land along the Madawaska River south of Algonquin Park. Early activities focused around a clubhouse and research station, but over the next few decades members spread out and established private cottages, many of which still exist. For almost 100 years cottaging in the Go Home Bay area was restricted to people associated with the University of Toronto under the terms of the original Charter, but that restriction is gone and now all cottagers from The Hangdog to Indian Harbour are welcome to join The Madawaska Club at Go Home Bay. Many of the area cottagers are also shareholders in The Madawaska Club Limited which owns over 1600 acres of undeveloped land in the Go Home Bay area.

Scope and content: 
Annual meetings and reports, Minutes books (1901-1983), charter and bylaws, shares and finances, land and titles records, transportation and maintenance, committee records;articles, historical notes and club history, 1948. Legal files re Madawaska Club vs Galbraith (1946-1948) and Joyce Rankin vs Madawaska Club (1964-1968), memorabilia, diaries, 75th anniversary celebrations.  ,Photoprints  and negatives of club activities at Go Home Bay; negatives  showing maps of Go Home Bay and surrounding areas contained in albums. Photograph albums were compiled and maintained by Professors C.A. Chant, G.R. Anderson and Grant Robertson.

Three sound recordings Madawaska Club: "Remembering the Past" [Go Home] (19 August 1973; "Remembrances" (19 August 1973) and "Grant Robertson" (27 August 1973); "Plans for the future" - Ross Lord (August 1973).

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aids available in Reading Room

Related records in a different fonds:

Accruals:   Further accruals are expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1974-0015, B1975-0016, B1976-0022, B1977-0030, B1977-0034, B1983-0021