Fonds PR2 - Grace and Homer Lane fonds

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Grace and Homer Lane fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously identified as Homer and Grace Lane papers (A.676.XVII.B).

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  • 1940–1971 (Creation)
    Lane, Grace H. (Grover)
  • 1940–1971 (Creation)
    Lane, Homer Russell

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4.4 cm (approx.) textual records

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Grace H. Grover was a lay person active in the United Church and a writer. She was born in 1907 and educated at the University of Manitoba and at Emmanuel College. In 1932, she married Rev. Homer Russell Lane (1904–1974). She was the author of multiple books, including: "Brief Halt at Mile '50': a Half Century of Church Union" (1974); and "Saskatchewan's sturdy strands of faith" (1980). She was also women's editor for The United Church Observer.

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Homer Lane was a United Church minister, who served in several Saskatchewan congregations, including Carnduff, Weyburn, Carmichael (Regina), St. Andrew's (Moose Jaw), and Knox-Metropolitan (Regina).

Born in 1904, to Methodist parents, Lane studied Arts and Theology at United College, in Winnipeg, before pursuing post-graduate studies at Emmanuel College, Toronto, and receiving his Bachelor of Divinity Degree. He was ordained in 1929 and served as Boy's Work Secretary for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He married Grace Grover in 1932. In addition to his other work, Lane also served as Assistant Secretary of the United Church Board of Evangelism and Social Services for the Prairie Region, and later became Associate Secretary of the Board. In 1950, he was elected President of Saskatchewan Conference. After his term, Lane was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from United College (Winnipeg).

Custodial history

Records in the fonds were likely transferred to the archives between 1940 and 1986. Their original provenance is unclear.

From 1925 through to 1982, the official repository for Conference, Presbytery and local records of the United Church in Saskatchewan was at St. Andrew’s College (Saskatoon). In 1982, the Conference signed an agreement to house their records with the Saskatchewan Archives Board (later Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan), while still retaining ownership and management responsibilities. The collections were gradually relocated and continue to be stored with the Provincial Archives, to the present day.

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The fonds consists of papers by and relating to Grace and (Rev.) Homer Lane and their work with the United Church. Contents include: general correspondence (1956-1957, 1961-1971); Committee on Rural Evangelism documents (1960); a copy of “Vox” (published by United College, Winnipeg) from 1940; and correspondence of Grace Lane, pertaining to the publication “Fifty Years in Union” (1973-1974).

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Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items listed under A.676.XVII.B were arranged sometime before 1990.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult archivist for assistance.

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GS-168 includes original file and series listings, in section A.676.XVII.B.

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Associated materials

United Church of Canada Archives (Toronto), Grace Lane fonds F3389; Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, Grace Lane fonds F358.

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