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Fonds F 223

Conn Smythe fonds


About these records

Title
Conn Smythe fonds
Dates of Creation
[188-?]-1980
Physical Description

9.32 metres of textual records

1194 photographs

8 architectural drawings

4 objects

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal and business records created or accumulated by Conn Smythe as well as records relating to Smythe's involvement with Ontario Society for Crippled Children and the Ontario Community Centre for the Deaf.

Personal records include legal agreements, correspondence from military, business, and personal acquaintances, personal financial records, insurance contracts, passports, family historical material, and notebooks, including Smythe's Junior O.H.A. Hockey record notebook.

Fonds also includes records arising from Smythe's business activities. These include correspondence and legal records relating to the management of the Caledon properties and the sand business; financial records and correspondence relating to the Roseland Homes Ltd. project; and income tax case records.

Fonds includes records relating to Smythe's involvement in hockey. These records relate to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the establishment and history of Maple Leaf Gardens, the establishment and history of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the National Hockey League and the Player's Association. Other hockey records include records relating to Smythe's confrontation with Ontario Attorney-General Roy McMurtry over hockey violence, and early team autographs.

Also included are records relating to Smythe's horse-breeding activities, including correspondence, financial records, and breeding, racing, and betting records.

Fonds also includes records arising from Smythe's work with the Ontario Society for Crippled Children and the Ontario Community Centre for the Deaf. Records relating to the Ontario Society for Crippled Children include correspondence, financial records, minutes and proceedings of Directors meetings, Easter Seal campaign material, photographs, promotional material, architectural drawings, and records relating to the Variety Club's Variety Village.

Records relating to the Ontario Community Centre for the Deaf include correspondence with government officials, politicians, and business leaders, financial statements, minutes of the Advisory Committee, construction management progress reports, and clippings related to the Centre.

Fonds also includes publications, such as horse racing programmes, Maple Leaf Gardens programmes, as well as clippings and scrapbooks. Fonds also contains photographs of personal, professional, and charitable activities, as well as some objects.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Conn Smythe, M.C. (1895-1980) was an Ontario sportsman best known for his interests in ice hockey, horse racing and promoting the cause of disabled children.

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Smythe, Conn, 1895-1980

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access except for sub-series F 223-3-1 and F 223-3-3, which are restricted due to conservation reasons. The records are available for consultation on microfilm. See sub-series descriptions for details.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use this material for purposes other than research and private study, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Conn Smythe fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by his grandson, Thomas Stafford Smythe, in 1980.
Availability of Other Formats

The records in sub-series F 223-3-1 and F 223-3-3 are available on microfilm.
Notes

Title based on content of fonds.

The fonds was arranged according to original filing systems employed by Smythe or his office and artificial arrangments imposed by the original processing archivist to enhance the accessibility of the material for the researcher and bring order to certain records that were deemed to be disorganized.

The fonds was rearranged in 2002 to better reflect the original order and to place certain records into more appropriate series. Please see the series and sub-series descriptions for more details on their arrangment.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 14026; MU 5937 - MU 6005.

Finding Aid
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By Microfilm Interloan
These records are available through the Archives of Ontario's Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system: Conn Smythe hockey textual files (F 223-3-1); Board of Directors of Maple Leaf Gardens meeting files (F 223-3-3).

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 223-1 Conn Smythe personal files
F 223-2 Conn Smythe general correspondence and business files
F 223-3 Conn Smythe hockey files
F 223-4 Conn Smythe horse breeding and racing files
F 223-5 Ontario Society for Crippled Children files
F 223-6 Ontario Community Centre for the Deaf files
F 223-7 Conn Smythe printed reference materials
F 223-8 Conn Smythe objects