Frank Barst Portland professional wrestling collection
The Frank Barst Portland professional wrestling collection contains 319 photographs of wrestlers and promoters, match tickets, annotated match bout reports, wrestling magazines, column clippings, and a poster collected by Barst documenting the Portland professional wrestling scene circa 1920s-1970s. Prominent wrestlers featured in the photographs include Lord Littlebrook, Haystacks Calhoun, Bull Montana, Prince Kuhio, Bing Ki Lee, Frenchy Robbierre, and Mad Dog Vachon. Some photographs are signed by wrestlers and promotors. Many of the match bout reports are from Don Owen Productions of Portland Wrestling.
- circa 1920s-1970s
- Barst, Frank, 1902-1974 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Frank Barst (1902-1974) was a Portland area sports journalist and columnist. He wrote prolifically on the world of sports, especially professional wrestling.
Though wrestling was popular throughout the first half of the 20th century in the United States, the sport reached new levels of popularity following World War II. Independent wrestling companies across the country, including the Pacific Northwest Wrestling/Portland Wrestling Company in Oregon, formed the National Wrestling Association. With the advent of national television broadcasting in the early 1950s, professional wrestling associations became widely popular. Many professional wrestlers of the time were from various ethnic and minority groups, including Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, Samoans, and Hawaiians, as well as Little People.
The Don Owen Productions of Portland Wrestling, later known as Big Time Wrestling, was the first wrestling show on television in the Pacific Northwest. The weekly show debuted in 1952 and ended in 1991, making it one of the longest-running wrestling shows on air.
3 linear feet (4 containers) : 2 flat boxes (12" x 15" x 3"); 1 half manuscript box; 1 oversize folder (20.25" x 16.25")
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Frank Barst (1902-1974) was a Portland area sports journalist and columnist. The Frank Barst Portland professional wrestling collection contains 319 photos of wrestlers and promoters, match tickets, annotated match bout reports, wrestling magazines, column clippings, and a poster collected by Barst documenting the Portland professional wrestling scene circa 1920s-1970s.
This collection is arranged in its original order.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Jordan Antiques and Antiquarian Books, March 2020.
Collection processed by Sarah Lueders, 2021.
- Guide to the Frank Barst Portland professional wrestling collection
- Complete Description
- Alexandra M. Bisio and Sarah Lueders
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.