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Livestock and Rodeo Clubs Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ULRC

Scope and Contents

The Livestock and Rodeo Clubs Collection consists of documents dated 1940 to 2015 with the bulk falling from 1950 to 1999. The collection documents activities of the clubs in the 1950s and early 1960s as well as later alumni club activities. It includes photographs of rodeos and club activities, alumni correspondence and obituaries, meeting minutes, newspapers, newspaper clippings, club newsletters, a Skyline Stampede poster and scrapbook, publications on livestock and rodeo, brochures, flyers and pamphlets for club sponsored events, books, alumni pins, drawings, and alumni sign-in sheets.

Dates

  • 1940-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1999

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biographical / Historical

In the spring of 1912, George F. Morton, head of the animal husbandry department at CAC, gathered junior and senior student members together to organize the CAC Livestock Club. The club was successful and soon sponsored such activities as a lecture series by prominent stockmen and a high school stock judging contest. In 1922, the Livestock Club began sponsoring a rodeo during the College Days festivities, an event which they also organized. The rodeo is the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country. In 1950, the rodeo became known as the Skyline Stampede.

The Rodeo Club formed in the mid-1940s. The club was separate from the Livestock Club, though many club members were also Livestock Club members. Sometime between 1973 and 1976, the Rodeo Club took over sponsorship of the Skyline Stampede. The Rodeo Club still exists as of 2018 and works to promote the sport of rodeo.

History

In the spring of 1912, George F. Morton, head of the animal husbandry department at CAC, gathered junior and senior student members together to organize the CAC Livestock Club. The club was successful and soon sponsored such activities as a lecture series by prominent stockmen and a high school stock judging contest. In 1922, the Livestock Club began sponsoring a rodeo during the College Days festivities, an event which they also organized. The rodeo is the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country. In 1950, the rodeo became known as the Skyline Stampede.

The Rodeo Club formed in the mid-1940s. The club was separate from the Livestock Club, though many club members were also Livestock Club members. Sometime between 1973 and 1976, the Rodeo Club took over sponsorship of the Skyline Stampede. The Rodeo Club still exists as of 2018 and works to promote the sport of rodeo.

Extent

3 linear feet (2 record cartons, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

In the spring of 1912, George F. Morton, head of the animal husbandry department, gathered junior and senior student members together to organize the CAC (Colorado Agricultural College) Livestock Club. The organization was pivotal in the founding of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and sponsored events such as the Skyline Stampede Rodeo and the Little National Western Livestock Show. The Rodeo Club was formed in the mid-1940s and existed alongside the Livestock Club, eventually taking over the sponsorship of the Skyline Stampede Rodeo. Materials include photographs, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspapers, newspaper clippings, newsletters, books, event programs, brochures, flyers, and pamphlets.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 7 series in 2 record cartons and 3 oversize folders:

Series 1: Club governance, 1940-1947

Series 2: Club documents, 1942-2015 and undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1953-1966, 1978-2009 and undated

Series 4: News clippings, 1948-1958, 1983-2011

Series 5: Correspondence, 1980, 1987, 1997-2007

Series 6: Publications, 1956, 1985, 1991-1996, 2003-2009 and undated

Series 7: Memorabilia, undated

Acquisition

The Livestock and Rodeo Clubs Collection was donated to the Colorado State University Archives by Rick Brase, development director of the CSU College of Agriculture, on behalf of Barbara Jolly, long-time secretary of the alumni club, in May 2014. Additional materials were donated by Barbara Jolly in September 2016 and September 2018.

Related Collections

The Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive at Colorado State University holds a collection of materials from the National Western Stock Show, as well as a small collection of records from the Denver Agricultural and Livestock Club.

Processing

Processing was completed in June 2018. Files were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Loose photographs were placed in archival sleeves and newspapers and oversized documents were flattened and placed in acid-free map folders. Tape, staples, and metal paper clips were removed from photographs when possible without damaging the photo.

Title
Guide to the Livestock and Rodeo Clubs Collection
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by William Dickerson and Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Date
Copyright 2018
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844