The goal of this site is to become a comprehensive bibliography of Canadian football items. It is ultimately hoped that the following items can be catalogued with reasonable completeness:
Both the physical specifications (number of pages, dimentions, etc) and the content (either a table of contents or descriptive summary of material) will be outlined for most major items, in addition to an image, where I deem its inclusion appropriate.
Senior football (CFL, CIAU, ORFU, etc.) has been singled out largely to make this project more manageable, although I hope that junior football might ultimately be included. "Hard souvenirs" (textiles, pins, drinking vessels, etc.) have been excluded, as they are of little use for general research purposes, as have trading cards, as these have been quite thoroughly catalogued by Charlton (4th ed.). I intend to place greater emphasis on compiling information on older material (generally 1970 and before), as it is this material that researchers are less likely to encounter in the collectibles market, and in public collections. (Given limited time resources, I would rather start to cast light on the obscure than add yet another beam on an already well-lit item!) I do expect that this will take many years to complete, and thus apologise in advance for the patchwork nature of the present production. (You can help make it better: collectors are invited to contact me if they feel that they might be able to contribute to this project.) I do try to keep these pages up-to-date, but as this is one of my many part-time hobbies, some items may take between a few days and a few months to appear on this site.
This site is not a site for collectors per se, in that values will not be assigned or quoted for any items listed, nor will relative rarities be discussed for all items. Collectors may find this site useful for determining what items definitely do exist, what they look like, and the scope of their contents. A page is included for listing items that people are trying to locate, although it is not my intent to turn this into a commercial forum. If there are specific items that one is looking for, please feel free to request a posting on the items wanted page.
A number of the items listed are in my personal reference library, and I shall gladly pass along small bits of information therein to people conducting research; photocopies are not always possible, as many items are so poorly bound that I shall not risk destroying them for the purpose of producing a copy. Photocopies will be provided at cost, and I may also have to request a fee for more detailed undertakings. Please contact me with any such requests, but be mindful of the fact that I am a full-time student, and shall occasionally be unable to offer an immediate response to an enquiry because of academic obligations.
Please note: Most of these pages have a number of large image files--please be ready for the pages to take a few minutes to download if (like me) you continue to trust your internet connection to the cheapest possible medium. I'm gradually trying to standardise the size of images, as many have been scanned at different times, on different machines, resulting in programme and media guide images of various sizes and formats.
Listings, images and contnets of Grey Cup programmes.
Listing of general characteristics of McGill's programmes for many of the interwar years.