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Canadian Football League (CFL) Game Programs

Identifier: FBP 630

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of programs for regular season games in the Canadian Football League and in its predecessor leagues the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union. The programs typically contain pictures, articles, and statistics about the players on the teams playing in the game. Most programs also include pictures and information about coaches, other team personnel, information about the host city, and advertisements. The programs tend to become longer and more substantial through the years. Formats include programs and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1953-1971

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The Canadian Football League (CFL) is the highest level of professional football in Canada. The league was founded in 1958 by the merger of two predecessor leagues: the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU). By the 1950s, the IRFU and the WIFU were Canada’s two primary professional football leagues, and they broke away from prior sanctioning organizations that had also included amateur teams. The rules of Canadian football have long been distinct and different from the rules of American football. Teams in the CFL compete annually for the Grey Cup.


2.75 Cubic Feet (11 flat clamshell boxes (letter size))

Language of Materials




Programs are arranged alphabetically by the geographical location of the home team and then chronologically by years.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556