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Conn Smythe fonds (F 223-3)


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. The Conn Smythe hockey files (Series F 223-3) consists of hockey files documenting Conn Smythe’s involvement in the game of hockey in Canada including Maple Leaf Gardens, the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club and the National Hockey League.

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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. Descended from Irish immigrants, Smythe was educated at Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto.

In 1926 he organized the New York Rangers Club, and with associates, he bought the Toronto St. Pats Hockey Club, which he promptly renamed the Maple Leafs. He became their Managing Director in 1928, and assisted in organizing Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. which erected a 14 000 seat arena. He was appointed Secretary-Treasurer of the company in 1931, made Managing Director, and then elected President and Managing Director from 1947-1961.

Smythe also owned and operated his own breeding and racing stables at Caledon, Ontario. Philanthropic activities included serving as Treasurer and Director to the Ontario Society for Crippled Children and acting as Honourary Chairman of the fund-raising drive for construction of the Ontario Community Centre for the Deaf.

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Conn Smythe hockey files (Series F 223-3)


This microfilm consists of hockey files documenting Conn Smythe’s involvement in the game of hockey in Canada including Maple Leaf Gardens, the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club and the National Hockey League. The textual files have been arranged into two sub-series.

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Conn Smythe hockey textual files (Sub-Series F 223-3-1)


This microfilm consists of files documenting Conn Smythe’s tenure as President of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club, as a governor in the National Hockey League (NHL) and his general activities related to the game of hockey in Canada. Includes correspondence, legal agreements, memos and personal hockey notes, financial records and records relating to the establishment, construction, inauguration and subsequent operation of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Files documenting Conn Smythe's activities related to the game of hockey

Reference
Code
File Title Dates Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference
F223-3-1-1 Account Department 1959-1960 MS 7574
F223-3-1-2 Agreements - Arena Gardens & Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-1931 MS 7574
F223-3-1-3 Agreements - St. Patrick's Professional Hockey Club Limited 1927-1931 MS 7574
F223-3-1-4 Bulletins 1940-1941 MS 7574
F223-3-1-5 Enlisted Employees - Overseas Correspondence 1940-1941 MS 7574
F223-3-1-6 Government 1966-1967 MS 7574
F223-3-1-7 Hockey: Amateur Sponsorships 1957-1958 MS 7574
F223-3-1-8 Hockey: Amateur Sponsorships 1959-1960 MS 7574
F223-3-1-9 Hockey: Amateur Sponsorships 1960-1962 MS 7574
F223-3-1-10 Hockey Broadcast 1950-1953 MS 7574
F223-3-1-11 Mr. C.H. Day 1956-1958 MS 7574
F223-3-1-12 Smythe * Day - Hockey - 1956-1957 Season, Memos, Suggestions, etc. 1956-1957 MS 7574
F223-3-1-13 Hockey Hall of Fame 1964-1965 MS 7574
F223-3-1-14 Hockey Hall of Fame 1966 MS 7574
F223-3-1-15 Hockey Hall of Fame - Luncheon (Conn Smythe Speaker) 1966 MS 7574
F223-3-1-16 Hockey Hall of Fame 1966 MS 7574
F223-3-1-17 Hockey Hall of Fame (1) 1961 MS 7574
F223-3-1-18 Hockey Hall of Fame (2) 1961 MS 7574
F223-3-1-19 Hockey Hall of Fame (3) 1961 MS 7574
F223-3-1-20 Hockey Hall of Fame (4) 1959-1960 MS 7575
F223-3-1-21 Hockey Hall of Fame (5) 1960 MS 7575
F223-3-1-22 International Hockey Hall of Fame 1947-1948 MS 7575
F223-3-1-23 Hockey - McMurtrie 1976 MS 7575
F223-3-1-24 Meeker, Howie - Contract, etc. 1957-1958 MS 7575
F223-3-1-25 Hockey Meeker - Smythe - Notes Between 1957-1958 1957-1958 MS 7575
F223-3-1-26 Hockey - Miscellaneous 1954 MS 7575
F223-3-1-27 Hockey - Sales and Purchases Players - Contracts 1959-1960 MS 7575
F223-3-1-28 Smythe - Hockey Notes (1) 1946-1953 MS 7575
F223-3-1-29 Smythe - Hockey Notes (2) 1949-1957 MS 7575
F223-3-1-30 Hockey - Conn Smythe Notes Re Hockey 1971 MS 7575
F223-3-1-31 C.S. Hockey Notes 1961 MS 7575
F223-3-1-32 Conn Smythe - Hockey Notes 1962 MS 7575
F223-3-1-33 Hockey - Stafford Smythe & Hockey Committee 1957-1958 MS 7575
F223-3-1-34 Hockey - Stafford Smythe & Hockey Committee 1958-1959 MS 7575
F223-3-1-35 Hockey - Stafford Smythe & Hockey Committee 1959-1960 MS 7575
F223-3-1-36 Hockey - Stafford Smythe & Hockey Committee 1960-1961 MS 7575
F223-3-1-37 Mementoes - Hockey Team Autographs 1933-1934 MS 7575
F223-3-1-38 Interviews 1957-1961 MS 7575
F223-3-1-39 Johnston, Ian S. 1960-1961 MS 7575
F223-3-1-40 Letters of Introduction 1935 MS 7575
F223-3-1-41 Madison Square Garden - Agreement 1926 MS 7575
F223-3-1-42 Star and Telegram - Clippings 1957 MS 7575
F223-3-1-43 M.L.G. Annual Reports 1966-1978 MS 7575
F223-3-1-44 M.L.G. - B.O. Reports 1960-1967 MS 7575
F223-3-1-45 Smythe - Directive to Staff 53/24 & previous 1953-1954 MS 7575
F223-3-1-46 M.L.G. Doctors 1951-1957 MS 7575
F223-3-1-47 Meeting Executives and Hockey Committee, Maple Leaf Gardens 1960-1961 MS 7575
F223-3-1-48 Maple Leaf Gardens - Financial 1942-1944 MS 7576
F223-3-1-49 M.L.G. Financial 1950 MS 7576
F223-3-1-50 Maple Leaf Gardens - Financial 1962-1966 MS 7576
F223-3-1-51 M.L.G. Open House and 25th Anniversary 1955-1956 MS 7576
F223-3-1-52 M.L.G. - Players Association 1957 MS 7576
F223-3-1-53 M.L.G. - Prospectus 1931 MS 7576
F223-3-1-54 Maple Leaf Gardens - Staff Files (1) 1952-1961 MS 7576
F223-3-1-55 Maple Leaf Gardens - Staff Files (2) 1956-1960 MS 7576
F223-3-1-56 Maple Leaf Gardens - Stock 1931-1947 MS 7576
F223-3-1-57 Military Training 1939-1941 MS 7576
F223-3-1-58 N.H.L. - "Ace" Bailey Trust Fund 1958-1974 MS 7576
F223-3-1-59 Boston Bruin Hockey Club 1960-1961 MS 7576
F223-3-1-60 N.H.L. - Summary of Box Office Receipts (1) 1935-1969 MS 7576
F223-3-1-61 N.H.L. - Summary of Box Office Receipts (2) 1949-1963 MS 7576
F223-3-1-62 National Hockey League - By-Laws n.d. MS 7576
F223-3-1-63 By-Laws Revision 1959-1960 MS 7576
F223-3-1-64 N.H.L. Chicago Black Hawks Hockey Club 1961 MS 7576
F223-3-1-65 N.H.L. Constitution & By-Laws (1) 1952-1953 MS 7576
F223-3-1-66 N.H.L. Constitution & By-Laws (2) 1952-1953 MS 7577
F223-3-1-67 N.H.L. - Detroit Red Wings Hockey Club 1960-1931 MS 7577
F223-3-1-68 N.H.L. - Eastern Professional League 1959-1960 MS 7577
F223-3-1-69 N.H.L. - Los Angeles 1960-1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-70 N.H.L. - Meetings 1958-1959 MS 7577
F223-3-1-71 N.H.L. - Meetings 1960-1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-72 N.H.L. - Meetings 1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-73 N.H.L. - Annual Meetings (June 12, 13, 14), Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal 1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-74 N.H.L. - Annual Meetings (October 7, 1961), 10:00 am: Bismark Hotel, Chicago 1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-75 N.H.L. Meetings 1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-76 N.H.L. - New York Rangers - Hockey Club 1961-1968 MS 7577
F223-3-1-77 Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club 1961-1962 MS 7577
F223-3-1-78 N.H.L. - Officiating 1958-1959 MS 7577
F223-3-1-79 N.H.L. - Officiating 1959-1960 MS 7577
F223-3-1-80 N.H.L. - Officiating 1960-1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-81 N.H.L. - Officiating 1961-1962 MS 7577
F223-3-1-82 N.H.L. - Owner's Committee 1958-1959 MS 7577
F223-3-1-83 N.H.L. - Owner's Committee 1960-1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-84 N.H.L. - Owner's Committee 1961-1962 MS 7577
F223-3-1-85 N.H.L. - Owners Meetings (1) 1959-1960 MS 7577
F223-3-1-86 N.H.L. - Owners Meetings (2) 1959-1960 MS 7577
F223-3-1-87 N.H.L. - Owners Meetings (3) 1959-1960 MS 7577
F223-3-1-88 N.H.L. - Owner - Player Council (1) 1960-1961 MS 7577
F223-3-1-89 N.H.L. - Owner - Player Council (2) 1960-1961 MS 7578
F223-3-1-90 N.H.L. - Pensions 1970 MS 7578
F223-3-1-91 N.H.L. - Play-Off 1960-1961 MS 7578
F223-3-1-92 N.H.L. - Players' Association File #1, General 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-93 N.H.L. - Players' Association File #2, General (1) 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-94 N.H.L. - Players' Association File #2, General (2) 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-95 N.H.L. - Players' Association File #2, General (3) 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-96 N.H.L. - Players' Association - Anti-Trust Action U.S. 1957-1958 MS 7578
F223-3-1-97 N.H.L. - Players' Association - Appointment for Certification Ontario Labour Rel. Board 1957-1958 MS 7578
F223-3-1-98 N.H.L. - Players' Association - Appointment for Certification Ontario Labour Rel. Board 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-99 Players - C.S. - Labour File 1957-1958 MS 7578
F223-3-1-100 N.H.L. - Players' Association National L.R. Board Case #2CA 5658 USA 1957 MS 7578
F223-3-1-101 N.H.L. - Players' Association - Newspaper Clippings 1957-1958 MS 7578
F223-3-1-102 Hockey - Personal Notes, etc. 1925-1947 MS 7579
F223-3-1-103 President Campbell File - Meeting + forward 1956 MS 7579
F223-3-1-104 N.H.L. - President (1) 1958-1959 MS 7579
F223-3-1-105 N.H.L. - President (2) 1958-1959 MS 7579
F223-3-1-106 N.H.L. - President (1) 1959-1960 MS 7579
F223-3-1-107 N.H.L. - President (2) 1959-1960 MS 7579
F223-3-1-108 N.H.L. - President (1) 1960-1961 MS 7579
F223-3-1-109 N.H.L. - President (2) 1960-1961 MS 7579
F223-3-1-110 N.H.L. - President (3) 1960-1961 MS 7579
F223-3-1-111 N.H.L. - President 1961-1962 MS 7579
F223-3-1-112 President's Bulletins 1959 MS 7579
F223-3-1-113 N.H.L. - Bulletins 1960-1961 MS 7579
F223-3-1-114 Relations Committee - Amateur 1957-1959 MS 7579
F223-3-1-115 N.H.L. - Relations Committee - Amateur 1959-1960 MS 7579
F223-3-1-116 N.H.L. - Relations Committee - Amateur 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-117 Relations Committee - Professional 1958-1959 MS 7580
F223-3-1-118 N.H.L. - Relations Committee - Professional 1959-1960 MS 7580
F223-3-1-119 N.H.L. - Relations Committee - Professional 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-120 Statements (N.H.L.) 1958-1959 MS 7580
F223-3-1-121 N.H.L. - Statements 1959-1960 MS 7580
F223-3-1-122 N.H.L. - Statements 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-123 N.H.L. - U.S. Committee Hearings (Celler) 1957-1958 MS 7580
F223-3-1-124 Expense Sheets 1959-1960 MS 7580
F223-3-1-125 Expense Sheets 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-126 Conn Smythe Speeches re General 1946-1952 MS 7580
F223-3-1-127 Conn Smythe Speeches re General 1957-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-128 Statements - Amateur Hockey 1957 MS 7580
F223-3-1-129 Statements - Amateur Hockey 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-130 Statements - General 1959-1960 MS 7580
F223-3-1-131 Statements - General 1960-1961 MS 7580
F223-3-1-132 Thomson - Demands by Player's Association 1957 MS 7580
F223-3-1-133 Toronto Maple Leafs 1941-1974 MS 7580

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This microfilm consists of Conn Smythe's personal meeting files for the Maple Leaf Gardens Board of Directors and Executive Committee including correspondence, agendas, minutes, annual reports, financial statements, and reference material. Also contains Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. annual general meeting files and material pertaining to Smythe's resignation from the board as a result of the controversy surrounding the Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) boxing match held at the Gardens in 1966.

Conn Smythe's personal meeting files for the Maple Leaf Gardens Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Reference
Code
File Title Dates Archives of Ontario Microfilm Reference
F223-3-3-1 Director's Meetings, Letters, etc.

1957-1958

MS 7580

F223-3-3-2 Director's Meetings, Letters, etc. - Conn Smythe

1957

MS 7581

F223-3-3-3 Directors Meetings - Conn Smythe

1957

MS 7581

F223-3-3-4 Directors Meetings - Conn Smythe

1957

MS 7581

F223-3-3-5 Annual Meeting - Conn Smythe

1957

MS 7581

F223-3-3-6 Directors Meeting - Conn Smythe

1957

MS 7581

F223-3-3-7 Directors Meeting, Letters, etc.

1958-1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-8 Directors Meeting - Conn Smythe

1958

MS 7581

F223-3-3-9 Director's Meeting C.S.

1958

MS 7581

F223-3-3-10 Directors Meeting on October 31, 1958, Conn Smythe

1958

MS 7581

F223-3-3-11 Mr. Conn Smythe - Annual Meeting (November 14, 1958)

1958

MS 7581

F223-3-3-12 Mr. C. Smythe - Director's Meeting (November 14, 1958)

1958

MS 7581

F223-3-3-13 Director's Meeting, Letters, etc.

1959-1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-14 Directors Meeting - March 31, 1959

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-15 Mr. Conn Smythe - Board of Directors - June 12, 1959

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-16 M.L.G. Directors Meetings - September 17, 1959

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-17 Directors Meeting - October 29,1959

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-18 Mr. Conn Smythe Directors Meeting (November 12, 1959)

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-19 Mr. Conn Smythe Annual Meeting - November 12, 1959

1959

MS 7581

F223-3-3-20 Director's Meetings - Letters, etc.

1960-1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-21 Board of Directors Meeting * M.L.G. Directors' Room, Maple Leaf Gardens. Thursday February 25, 1960

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-22 Director's Meetings, M.L.G. Mr. Conn Smythe : Thursday June 16, 1960

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-23 Directors Meeting - October 27, 1960

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-24 Mr. Conn Smythe - Board of Directors - November 10, 1960

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-25 M.L.G. Annual Meeting, Thursday, November 10, 1960

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-26 Mr. Conn Smythe - M.L.G. Precious (March 1, 1961)

1960

MS 7581

F223-3-3-27 M.L.G. Executive Committee, York Club, Toronto (Wednesday September 6, 1961)

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-28 M.L.G. - Director's Meeting (Tuesday June 20, 1961), Director's Room, Maple Leaf Gardens

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-29 Mr. Conn Smythe - Thursday, September 28, 1961 : Board of Directors Meeting, Directors Room, Maple Leaf Gardens

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-30 Director's Meeting - Thursday October 26, 1961

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-31 Mr. Conn Smythe (November 9, 1961) : Director's Room, Maple Leaf Gardens, Annual

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-32 (Directors) - Mr. Conn Smythe - Thursday November 9, 1961 following the annual meeting at 4:00 p.m.

1961

MS 7581

F223-3-3-33 Mr. Conn Smythe - Board of Directors (February 2, 1962)

1962

MS 7581

F223-3-3-34 Conn Smythe - M.L.G. Board Meeting

1963

MS 7581

F223-3-3-35 Mr. Conn Smythe - September 25, 1963

1963

MS 7581

F223-3-3-36 Mr. Conn Smythe - M.L.G. - October 30, 1963

1963

MS 7581

F223-3-3-37 M.L.G. - Directors - November 14, 1963

1963

MS 7581

F223-3-3-38 Mr. Conn Smythe - M.L.G. Annual (November 14, 1963)

1963

MS 7581

F223-3-3-39 Conn Smythe - M.L.G. Directors (March 31, 1964)

1964

MS 7581

F223-3-3-40 M.L.G. Board - September 24, 1964

1964

MS 7581

F223-3-3-41 M.L.G. - Directors - March 25, 1965 - Mr. Conn Smythe

1965

MS 7581

F223-3-3-42 M.L.G. Meeting - June 17, 1965 - Mr. Conn Smythe

1965

MS 7581

F223-3-3-43 M.L.G. Meeting - Directors - Conn Smythe (November 18, 1965)

1965

MS 7581

F223-3-3-44 Conn Smythe - M.L.G. Directors (September 24, 1965)

1965

MS 7581

F223-3-3-45 Conn Smythe - Annual Meeting (November 18, 1965)

1965

MS 7582

F223-3-3-46 Mr. Conn Smythe - Director's Meeting (March 30, 1966)

1966

MS 7582

F223-3-3-47 Conn Smythe - Resignation Board of Directors : Maple Leaf Gardens Limited (General material and paper clippings)

1933-1966

MS 7582

F223-3-3-48 Letters/Clippings - re: Clay Terrell

1966

MS 7582

F223-3-3-49 Conn Smythe - Resignation Board of Directors (Maple Leaf Gardens - Palm Beach Material)

1966

MS 7582

F223-3-3-50 Letters re: Resignation Director (M.L.G.)

1966

MS 7582


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