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Nick Thierry fonds
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Nick Thierry fonds

  • UTA 1823
  • Fonds
  • 1948–[ca. 2012]

The Nick Thierry fonds consists of 320 issues of Swim News (formerly Swim Canada) and research for articles contained within the magazine, various correspondence with people involved and interested in competitive swimming, a large amount of handwritten and typed results from numerous swim meets and events, and a series of letters collected from Thierry’s correspondence with Howard Firby, who served as the head coach of Canada’s swim teams during the 1964 Olympic Games and the 1966 Commonwealth Games. The fonds also contains bulletins published by the Canadian Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA), a number of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings from swimming events, Thierry’s collection of postcards and media passes to major swim meets, and the official binders issued to media members for the XI Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and XXI Olympics in Montreal. The material in the Thierry fonds has been divided into the following 7 series entitled; Swim News, Correspondence, Swim Meets: Results, Rankings and Guides, CSCA Bulletins, Swimming History Texts and Scrapbooks, Collected Memorabilia and Artifacts, and Photographs.

Thierry, Nicholas Joseph

Swim meets, results, rankings and guides

This series consists of Thierry’s handwritten and typed results for various swim meets. The competitions covered in this series include the Summer Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, Pan American Games, Pan Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games, numerous Canadian university meets, age-group meets and provincial competitions. The series also includes files on national swim records from around the world, swimmer profiles, statistics and biographies, and world rankings – many of which have been compiled by Thierry.


This series contains photographs and slides from various swimming events. Many of the photographs appear to have been used by Thierry in issues of Swim News, or for the creation of swimmer biographies and profiles in media guides. The photographers and the events being documented are only clearly identified for some of the images. Some of the photographs are attributed to Marco Chiesa.


This series consists of correspondence received by Nick Thierry from various people associated with swimming, both in Canada and internationally. A large portion of the correspondence is a set of letters collected by Thierry from prominent Canadian swim coach Howard Firby which Thierry kept in three large-ring binders. Much of the correspondence from Firby is in regards to his thoughts on the status of Canadian swimming and the coaching of amateur athletes, but a great deal of the later correspondence deals more with Firby and Thierry’s personal lives.

Swimming history texts and scrapbooks

This series contains texts written and sent to Thierry by J.G. Kelso, a Professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. The texts are overviews of Canadian aquatic and swimming accomplishments, and provide an extensive history of swimming in Canada. The series also contains a number of scrapbooks compiled by Thierry which hold newspaper clippings. The clippings are all related to doping and the use of performance enhancing drugs in both Canadian and international sport.

Canadian Swimming Coaches Association Bulletins

This series contains typed bulletins published by the Canadian Swimming Coaches Association. The bulletins contain information on the CSCA’s annual meetings and decisions, swim meet selection criteria, coaching techniques and standards, and Canadian swim club scoring and rankings. The bulletins have been arranged in chronological order. The bulletins were most likely accumulated by Thierry during his time as secretary and chairman for the CSCA.

Collected Memorabilia and artifacts

This series contains several items collected by Thierry over his years attending and documenting swimming events. The series includes media event passes issued to Thierry for a variety of swim meets including the Summer Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. The series also includes a collection of vintage and contemporary postcards commemorating the Olympic Games, as well as postcards of various swimmers. Some of the postcards have been autographed, including ones by Alexander Popov and Michael Phelps. Finally, the series contains 2 binders which held swimmer’s information for members of the media during the XI Commonwealth Games and the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Swim News

This series consists of 320 issues of Thierry’s monthly publication, Swim News. The series also contains a small amount of research in the form of print-outs, newspapers clippings and some correspondence used by Thierry and his team of writers to develop and publish articles for the magazine. The first part of the series is a nearly complete set of Swim News from 1974 to 2012.

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