Fonds F 533 - Joe Zeman fonds

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Joe Zeman fonds

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  • Poster
  • Microform

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F 533

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  • ca. 1890-2007 (Creation)
    Zeman, Joseph, 1914-2009

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1.840m of textual records
413 photographs : prints, b&w
132 photographs : prints, col.
85 photographs : negatives
4 albums
3 maps
1 print : poster
1 drawing
3 microfilm reels of textual records

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Biographical history

Joseph (Joe) Zeman was born on February 6, 1914 near Outlook, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Sophie (Voytilla) Zeman. He had two siblings: Frank and Alice. Zeman graduated from Kenaston High School in 1932 and attended Outlook College. He attended Saskatoon Normal School from 1933 to 1934 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (1944) and a Bachelor of Education degree (1969) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Zeman worked as an agricultural economist for the federal Department of Agriculture, Economics Division in Saskatoon from 1944 until his retirement in 1967. He then worked as a teacher part-time until 1976.

Zeman was involved with numerous sport and recreation organizations at local, provincial and national level during his lifetime. He served those organizations as a coach, manager, administrator and executive member and was a founding member of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association; the Saskatchewan Minor Baseball Association and the Saskatchewan Junior Baseball Association. Zeman served as a director for numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Baseball Association (1978-1980); the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association (1964-1975); the Saskatoon Parks and Recreation Board; Sask Sport (1973-1975, 1977-1980); the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (1977-1980) and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1973-1980). Zeman coached and managed numerous baseball and hockey teams, including the Canadian baseball team that participated in the 1967 Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Zeman's hobbies and interests centered around genealogy and history. Zeman conducted research for the 1983 book "Hockey Heritage: 88 Years of Puck-chasing in Saskatchewan", written by his daughter, Brenda Zeman. He also worked on a history of the Slovak people in Saskatchewan with his daughter in the mid 1980s.

Zeman was the recipient of many honours and awards, including the Saskatoon Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award (1961); the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award (1964); and the Award of Merit from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (1980). He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (1982); the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame (1986); and the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics Wall of Fame (1986). Zeman was named an honorary life member in numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association; the Saskatchewan Baseball Association; the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association; and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. Zeman Court and Zeman Crescent in Saskatoon were named in his honour.

Zeman married Jessie Mary Shewan on October 24, 1941. They had five children: Gary; Dale; Brenda; Kevan and John Allan (died in infancy). Jessie Zeman died on November 17, 2001.

Joseph Zeman died in Saskatoon on July 2, 2009.

Custodial history

Brenda Zeman, daughter of Joe Zeman, donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 2009 and 2010: 2009-425 (April 23, 2009) and 2010-055 (March 4, 2010).
Original textual records acquired in accessions R83-404 and S87-6, and initially described as R-F78, were copied onto microfilm and removed from the holdings of the Saskatchewan Archives.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Joe Zeman of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These records pertain mainly to his family history, his involvement in the Slovak community within Saskatchewan, his participation in various sports organizations, his employment in the Department of Agriculture - Economics Division, and his activities with the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association and with the Saskatoon Normal School 1933-1934 Reunion committee.

Small volumes of records created, accumulated and used by Joseph Kanik, Brenda Zeman and by Joseph Zeman, Sr. are included in the fonds.

This fonds consists of four series: Personal; Slovaks in Saskatchewan History Project; Sport and Recreation and Zeman/Voytilla Families.

The types of records included are correspondence; memoranda; photographs; obituaries; minutes; handbooks; newspaper clippings; reports; publications; newspapers; programmes; maps; and a drawing.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Joe Zeman donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in four accessions between 1977 and 1983: 735 (R); R77-180 (June 30, 1977); R83-269 (May 19, 1983) and R83-404 (September 16, 1983).
Joe Zeman donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in twelve accessions between 1985 and 2002: S85-209 (November 15, 1985); S86-40 (February 27, 1986); S86-117 (June 6, 1986); S86-245 (December 22, 1986); S87-10 (January 19, 1987); S87-16 (January 29, 1987); S88-83 (October 17, 1988); S89-1 (January 4, 1989); S89-74 (August 4, 1989); S93-65 (September 27, 1993); S2001-71 (December 19, 2001) and S2002-10 (March 14, 2002).


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  • English
  • French
  • Slovak

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Contains Slovak and French language documents.

Location of originals

Box number(s): 1-10

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Interloan: Some material from this fonds is on microfilm and may be available for inter-institutional loan. Please consult the reference archivist.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina and Saskatoon offices.

Finding aids

SAFA 421 consists of a fonds description, file listings of the textual records, and item descriptions of some of the photographs and maps and the drawing.

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Associated materials

Associated material: Other records of Joe Zeman are held by Library and Archives Canada, in the Joseph Zeman fonds (MIKAN No. 26797); the Joseph Zeman collection (MIKAN No. 12011); and the Joe Zeman collection [MIKAN No. 12057).
Records relating to Joe Zeman's involvement in baseball are available at the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale; Saskatoon - Murray.
Some of the photographs and one poster were retained in the textual records.


Textual records were housed in acid-free file folders by archival staff. All fasteners were removed. Photographs retained in files were placed in inert sleeves.
Textual records acquired in accessions R83-404 and S87-6 were microfilmed as Micro R-1.629 and Micro S-7.190.

Alpha-numeric designations

Textual records: R-E4; R-E2219; R-335; R-694; S-A575; S-G732.1; S-G771.1; S-Q164; S-Q203
Photographs: GM-PH-124 to GM-PH-145; GM-PH-1627 (1)-(3) to GM-PH-1640 (1)-(2).
Microfilm: R-1.629; S-7.190
Maps: CM-1 to CM-2.
Drawing: GM-DA-7.

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F 533

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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