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Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club scrapbooks

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-54

Collection Description

Two scrapbooks of newsclippings, photographs, postcards, and ephemera of the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club. Photos were taken at regattas on Reeds Lake; the Grand River; Peoria, Illinois; and in Chicago of club members, and events. Historical articles, reports of regatta events, and articles featuring members Charles McQuewan and Jack Corbett are included. Programs include the First Grand Regatta on Great Salt Lake 1888, and Peoria Rowing Festival, and banquet and music programs and the GR Log, a publication of the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club. Materials from the Central States Amater Rowing Association, and the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen are also included.


  • 1877-1943


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Administrative History

The club was formed in 1884 under the name Owashtanong Boat Club and housed at Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was disbanded in 1900 and re-established in 1902 as the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club by Charlie McQuewan. Masonic Country Club of Western Michigan…The club competed in regattas and other competitions throughout the central Midwest. It did not possess the financial backing and equipment of its primary rivals, the Detroit and the Chicago clubs. Its colors were maroon and white.


0.5 Linear feet (1 box)

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Paul Springer in 2010.

Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club scrapbooks, RHC-54
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States