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United Church of Canada Board of Home Missions fonds
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Administrative Records

Series consists of Board and Executive minutes, which includes manuscript minutes, 1926-1956, and digest of minutes, 1926-1971; minutes of meetings between the Board Secretary and the Superintendents, 1934-1971; printed Annual Reports, 1926-1971; planning and policy records; minutes of the T. Bissell Bursary Fund, 1935-1979; minutes of the Immigration Committee (to bring children--boys--from Britain to Canada to place on farms in Ontario), 1926-1935; and a list of all the institutions in which the United Church was involved, [n.d.].

Church Union Property Settlement

Subseries consists of records of debates and legal decisions dealing with the properties owned by the denominations that entered into union in 1925. In addition there are copies of the decisions of the Dominion property Commission, and a Joint Advisory Committee set up by the churches to determine the fate of properties that the continuing Presbyterian Church in Canada would retain.

Correspondence of the General Secretary

The correspondence of the General Secretary is wide-ranging, covering materials as diverse as immigration, Saskatchewan's drought relief efforts in the 1930s and United Church participation in them, Indian Residential Schools in western Canada, hospitals and several other institutions which the church either operated or participated in and a great deal more. In addition there are several manuscripts and published papers housed here. The records have been arranged chronologically.

Institutions and Block Grants

hese records are largely drawn from the period, 1963-1972, but include records on several institutions that pre-date the formation of the United Church in 1925. In some instances the files are identified only by geographic area and church division (Newfoundland Conference, Avalon Presbytery), but in most instances the records are directly attached to institutions (Boylen Hospital, Montreal Pointe-aux-Trembles School, Brandon Indian Residential School). Unfortunately, not all of the records have been described in detail. Those dealing with the western provinces, especially Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia have only been described to the box level.

Records Relating to Property and institutions

Series consists of records relating to several institutions and charges that were the responsibility of the Board of Home Missions. The records are related to specific institutions where appropriate, and in other cases are identified by the presbytery receiving aid from the Board. Institutions include schools and school homes, hospitals, mission boats, Aboriginal mission properties, churches, city missions, and ethno-cultural mission properties.

Topic and Ministries

Four general areas have been identified as special ministries or topics: work with minority groups, native peoples, rural work and student ministries. Under the heading “Immigration and Ministry to Minority Groups,” there are records of ministries to Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Czechs, Tibetans, and other non-Canadians. Materials include discussion papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings and publications by the church.
Materials concerned with rural ministries include several rural surveys from different parts of the country for 1930, 1958, and other periods; reports published by the church on rural problems (both secular problems and institutional ones), and publications and newspaper clippings on these problems.

The material called 'Indian Work' appears to very small, but this is only related to the special ministries amongst Native people. It includes manuals on how to approach the work, materials developed for the work, reports and briefs presented by Native communities and organizations to Parliament and similar materials..

Transfer Ledgers

Subseries consists of records of each charge that received aid from the Board. This would include information on salaries, rentals of buildings (including homes), insurance costs, travel costs, and any other costs associated with the work. They are organized only by Conference, with no description in the finding aid. Included in this section are also special accounts kept on car allowances (boxes 160-161), accounts for special ministries, and property fund accounts.

United Church of Canada Board of Home Missions fonds

  • CA ON00340 F509
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1985, predominant 1926-1971

Fonds consists of the following series: 1) Administrative records, 1926-1979; 2) General files, 1907-1985; 3) Records relating to financial matters, 1909-1984; 4) Records relating to property and institutions, 1857-1983; 5) Records relating to church extension, 1939-1972; and 6) Correspondence of the Superintendent of Home Missions, Northern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec, 1937-1972. Additionally, Appendix 1: Listing of Records Found on Microfilm Reels 1915-1972 (1998.027C), Appendix 2: Index to Series 2.

United Church of Canada. Board of Home Missions