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Biographical/Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Constitution and Membership 1985-2009

Series II: Meeting Minutes 1985-2003

Series III: Finances 1985-2009

Series IV: Training and Events 1986-2008

Series V: Rendezvous 1989-2008

Series VI: Publications 1985-2004

Series VII: Oversize 1990-1999

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Houston Canoe Club records, 1985-2009 (MS 598) MS 598



Title: Houston Canoe Club Records
Dates: 1985-2009
Abstract Houston Canoe Club was established in 1964, and pursues all types of paddlesport, from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing. The records in this collection reflect the club's activities such as meetings, events and training. Formats include meeting minutes, correspondence, photographs, financial records, event planning records and ephemera such as event t-shirts.
Identification: MS 598
Quantity: 6.5 linear ft.6.5 linear ft. (7 Boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

The Houston Canoe Club traces its origin to friendships formed by four men through the rigors of the four-day Texas Water Safari in 1963. Fred Hurd, who paddled in the second place canoe in this race and went on to become one of the founding members of the club, credits the Texas Water Safari with generating the publicity that created interest in canoeing on the part of members of the public. The club was officially founded at a meeting on October 7, 1964, at the Park Place police sub-station in Houston. According to Philip Montgomery writing in the 30th Anniversary Commemorative Newsletter (October 1994), about twelve families were present at this organizational meeting. By the thirtieth anniversary the club had more than 300 members. It continues with an active membership, coordinating, according to its website in May 2012, “some 50 floats accumulating some 7,000 member miles a year.” The club is a Paddle America Club, affiliated with the American Canoe Association. It has had a newsletter since the early years; the current form, Water Line, has been published since 2001 and can be read either online or as a PDF download from the digital archive.

A major project of the club known as the Southwestern Canoe Rendezvous began in 1989 and continued until 2001. It was a week end-long event in September or October at a location near Houston that offered both good paddling water and camping facilities. Nationally known canoeing experts offered workshops and demonstrations, and vendors exhibited the latest equipment available. By 1998 the event was announced as “the largest on-the-water show in the U.S.” That year there were 60 clinics and 15 workshops. It began to be difficult to recruit the volunteer effort needed to plan, organize, and run an event of the size it had become. In the February 2001 newsletter the Commodore wrote, “There are options: Have a Rendezvous in alternate years; have a smaller event which isn’t such a killer of volunteers; let some other group take over the event; or, finally, let the event die.” The last option is the one chosen.

Though Rendezvous has not continued, the club has remained active, offering a variety of paddling opportunities ranging from training classes to trips of several days’ duration. Since its beginning the club has also taken on service projects in the form of clean-up days, mainly at sties identified in the course of enjoying the water. The club makes itself known through a website which publishes a monthly newsletter and calendar of activities.

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Scope and Contents note

The records in this collection reflect the club's activities such as meetings, events and training. Formats include meeting minutes, correspondence, photographs, financial records, event planning records and ephemera such as event t-shirts.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Houston Canoe Club records, 1985-2009 (MS 598), Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This material was donated by the Houston Canoe Club, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Constitution and Membership 1985-2009

Box Folder
1 1 Constitution and By-Laws, 2007
2 Logos
3 Membership, 1985
4 Membership, 1986
5 Membership, 1987
6 Membership, 1988
7 Membership, 1989
8 Membership, 1990
9-10 Membership, 1991
11 Membership, 1992
12 New Member Kit, 1992
13-14 Membership, 1993
15 Membership, 1995
16 Membership Application and Dues, 2007
17 Canoetx Listserve, 1998
18 ACA New Members, 2006-2009
19 ACA Paddle America Clubs, 2006
20 ACA Insurance, 2006-2007

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Series II: Meeting Minutes 1985-2003

Box Folder
1 21 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1985
22 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1986
23 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1987
24 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1988
25 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1989
26 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1990
27 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1991
28 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1992
29 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1993
30 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1994
31 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1995
32 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1996
33 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1997
Box Folder
2 1 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1998
2 Officers Meeting Minutes, 1999
3 Officers Meeting Minutes, 2001
4 Officers Meeting Minutes, 2002
5 Officers Meeting Minutes, 2003
6 General Meeting Minutes, 1986
7 General Meeting Minutes, 1987
8 General Meeting Minutes, 1988
9 General Meeting Minutes, 1989
10 General Meeting Minutes, 1990
11 General Meeting Minutes, 1991
12 General Meeting Minutes, 1992
13 General Meeting Minutes, 1993
14 General Meeting Minutes, 1994
15 General Meeting Minutes, 1995
16 General Meeting Minutes, 1996
17 General Meeting Minutes, 1997
18 General Meeting Minutes, 1998
19 General Meeting Minutes, 2001
20 General Meeting Minutes, 2002
21 Board Notebook, 1998
22 Environmental Committee, 1999
23 Correspondence, 1985-2002

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Series III: Finances 1985-2009

Box Folder
2 24 Invoices and Receipts, 1985-1986
25 Invoices and Receipts, 1987-1990
26 Invoices and Receipts, 1991
27 Invoices and Receipts, 2005-2008
28 Bank Account Agreements, 2003-2007
29 Certificate of Deposit, 2004-2008
30 Business Money Market Account, 2004-2007
31 Business Checking Account, 2005-2008
32 Bank Deposits, 2004-2006
33 Donations and Affiliations, 1991-2009
34 Reimbursement Requests, 2006-2007
35 Tax-Emept Status, 1989-2008
36 Tax Returns, 1989-2007

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Series IV: Training and Events 1986-2008

Box Folder
2 37 Friends for Rivers, 1986
38 Photographs, 1998-1999
39 Waivers, 1987
40 Canoe Symposia, 1988-1989
41 Boat Show Notes for Volunteers, 1998
42 Houston Area Canoeing Sites, 1998-1999
43 American Heart Association "Heart Walk", 1999
44 Armand Bayou Cleanup, 1999
45 Texas Wildlife Expo, October 2-3, 1999
46 Fly Fishing, 1999
47 Hidalgo Falls, 2001
48 HCC Paddling Trips, 2005
49 Roll Sessions, 2006-2008
50 Pool Sessions, 2006

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Series V: Rendezvous 1989-2008

Box Folder
3 1 Rendezvous, 1989
2 Rendezvous Financial Reports, 1989-1992
3 Rendezvous Invoices, 1989
4 Rendezvous, 1990
5-6 Rendezvous Registration, 1990
7 Rendezvous Dealer Registration, 1990
8 Rendezvous Invoices, 1990
9 Rendezvous Mailers, 1991-1994
10-11 Rendezvous Policy and Procedures, by 1995 Committee
12 Rendezvous, 1995
13-15 Rendezvous, 1996
16 Rendezvous, 1997
17 Rendezvous Marketing to Senior Citizens, 1997-1999
18 Rendezvous Trademark, 1997-2008
19 Rendezvous, 1998
Box Folder
4 1-2 Rendezvous, 1998
3 Rendezvous-American Canoe Association, 1998-2002
4-7 Rendezvous, 1999
8 Rendezvous Print Advertisements, 1999
9-11 Rendezvous, 2000
Box Folder
5 1 Rendezvous, 2001
2 Rendezvous Site Committee Minutes, 2001
3 Rendezvous, 2002
4 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1989 & 1990
5 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1991 & 1992
6 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1993 & 1994
7 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1995 & 1996
8 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1997 & 1998
9 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 1999 & 2000
10 Rendezvous T-Shirts, 2001
11 Rendezvous Photographs, 1997
Box Folder
6 1 Rendezvous Photographs, 1998
2 Rendezvous Photographs, 1999
3 Rendezvous Photographs, 2001
4 Rendezvous Photographs, no date

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Series VI: Publications 1985-2004

Box Folder
6 5 Newspaper Articles, 1995-1999
6 Magazine Articles, 1999
7 Waterline Newsletter, 2000-2001
8 Houston Canoe Club 30th Anniversary Newsletter, Oct. 1994
9 The Paddlers Paradise, 1985
10 HCC 40th Anniversary Newsletter, 2004

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Series VII: Oversize 1990-1999

Box
7 Flag with HCC Logo (7.5" x 10")
Rendezvous Flyers, 1990-1999

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