Fonds VAN UH - University Hill United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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University Hill United Church (Vancouver, B.C.) fonds

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  • 2.1 m of textual records
  • 35 audio cassettes
  • 13 photographs
  • 2 optical discs

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University Hill United Church was constituted as a Pastoral Charge by Vancouver Presbytery on January 3, 1928. This congregation began meeting in the Union College Chapel, with services led by members of the faculty of the College. Principal J.G. Brown and his successor, Principal W.S. Taylor were the ministers of the congregation from 1928 until 1953, after which the University Hill congregation called clergy who were not faculty members of the College. During the 1950's the congregation tripled in size, and a larger place of worship was needed. In the 1960s a plot of land was secured on the University Endowment Lands, and in September of 1962, the new University Hill United Church was dedicated. From 1972 to 1980 the University Hill United Church congregation worked closely with St. Anselm's Anglican Church in a shared ministry of leadership while keeping their separate church buildings. In 1985 the University Hill congregation decided to hold services in the Epiphany Chapel of the Vancouver School of Theology, and to rent out their building. With the move to Vancouver School of Theology, the University Hill United Church congregation and the St. Andrew's Presbyterian congregation have shared in worship together. In August of 1988, the church building on University Boulevard was sold, as the congregation found that their rental arrangement with Vancouver School of Theology better suited their purposes.

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Fonds consists of Baptism records (1994-1998), Marriage records (1924-2004), and Burial records (1962-1978, 1996-2004); Membership records (1930-2004); Session minutes (1938-1971), Stewards minutes (1930-1971) and correspondence (1953-1971), Official Board minutes, reports, and correspondence (1932-1997), Congregational Meetings minutes (1930-1988) and reports (1935-1942), Building Committee minutes (1960-1962) and correspondence (1958-1965), Building Committee agreements and contracts (1959-1964), Finance and Property Committee records (1971-1977), Financial Campaign Committee correspondence (1967-1968), Board of Trustees minutes (1988-1993), Outreach Committee records (1969-1998), Manse Committee minutes (1972-1973), Membership and Pastoral Care Committee minutes (1988-1994), Stewardship Committee (1989-1995), Student Ministry Committee (1987-1995), VST Worship and Liaison Committee (1993-1998), Worship Committee minutes, reports, and correspondence (1987-1997), and 65th Anniversary Committee; Insurance Policies (1958-1973), and Property records (1962-1992); Woman's Association minutes (1936-1962) and reports (1929, 1954), United Church Women minutes (1962-1988), United Church Women reports (1964-1988) and financial records (1968-1989), and United Church Women Naomi Unit minutes (1962-1968); Sunday School minutes (1932-1969), Sunday School correspondence and reports (1939-1979); Young People's Union minutes (1931-1937), and Trail Rangers minutes (1936-1941); Intern files (1992-1995); Various subject files and surveys (1966-1990); Annual reports (1955-1995); Worship bulletins and news (1990-2006); Newsletters (1968-1975, 1987-2000); Reference and liaison (1993-1998); Guest registers (1965-1981); Photographs ([1961?]-1962]; and Sound recordings (1974, 1991-2006).

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Records were transferred directly from University Hill United Church. Initial acquisition dates are not established; subsequent transfers occurred on Feb. 2, 2010 and May 28, 2010.


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  • Access to vital event records (baptism/marriage/burial records) may be restricted according to requirements of the B.C. Personal Information Protection Act
  • Some further restrictions apply; consult file list

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-297

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Revised February 5, 2010
Revised February 27, 2014

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  • English

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