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Calhoun Yacht Club Records

Identifier: M/A 0408

Description of Contents

This collection contains Calhoun Yacht Club meeting minutes, annual yearbooks, membership applications, photographs and slides, newspaper clippings, financial statements, race results, and promotional material for regattas and club social events. The collection is divided into 5 series with the bulk of the material from 1960-1994. The general series is organized alphabetically, while the chronological series, annual yearbooks, and media series are all organized by year.

Early club records, from 1901 to 1950, can be found in three ledger books featuring finances and meeting minutes. Later records, from 1961 to 2015, are in chronological folders or annual yearbooks. The yearbooks provide an easy entry point to the collection, highlighting annual social events, regatta results, pictures, and club rosters. Annual yearbooks and newsletters of the Inland Lake Yachting Association, a regional sailing organization, are also included. There is a small section on the Calhoun Yacht Club in each yearbook. This collection also contains occasional correspondence with the city, detailing the club’s advocacy of policy and development around Lake Calhoun (later Bde Maka Ska).

The media series includes many sailing photographs and slides. There is also a DVD presentation celebrating the club’s centennial in 2001.


  • Creation: 1901 - 2009



The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department’s open hours.


The Calhoun Yacht Club (CYC) was founded on August 10, 1901, with Halie Reiter as the original commodore. The club’s purpose was to promote sailing, yacht racing, ice-boating, and social events on Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska). Members competed with one another in weekly races on Lake Calhoun and traveled for both local and regional regattas. As early as 1941, members of the CYC also hosted the regional Aquatennial Regatta, coinciding with Minneapolis’ Aquatennial summer celebration. Members originally used the Long Meadow Hotel on Calhoun’s north shore as a meeting location, but later met at a boathouse on the northeast corner of the lake. The CYC was a member of the Inland Lake Yachting Association, the United States Yacht Racing Union, the U.S. Laser Sailing Association, and Inter-Lake Yachting Association. In 1989 parents in the CYC founded the Lake Calhoun Sailing School (later known as the Minneapolis Sailing Center). The goal of the sailing school was to introduce youth to competitive yacht racing. Over the years the sailing school took on many of the functions of the yacht club. In 2022, the CYC held their last annual banquet and ceased activity apart from the Minneapolis Sailing Center.


3.36 Linear Feet (8 boxes, including 1 DVD)

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Custodial History

Some materials accrued water or pest damage while stored in a boathouse at Bde Maka Ska.

Donor Information

This collection was donated in two accessions by the Calhoun Yacht Club. The first donation was in March 2021 as accession 2021.29. The second donation was in May 2021 as accession 2021.37.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Abbey Hemken from January to February 2023.

Calhoun Yacht Club Records
Abbey Hemken
March 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.