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Church Histories collection

  • FG19
  • Collection
  • ca.1925–1986

The collection consists primarily of documents relating to the histories of various local churches in Saskatchewan. Contents include written historical narratives (sketches) and notes, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and publications. There are also copies of volumes 1 and 2 of the local history book "Early History of Saskatchewan Churches (Grass Roots)", compiled and edited by Meredith B. Banting, ca.1975.

Church Union collection

  • FG9
  • Collection
  • ca.1900–1928

The collection consists of primarily textual materials relating to the Church Union movement and the organizations involved, including the Provincial Church Union Committee (1921-1925), the Joint Committee on Church Union (1903-1924), and the Committee Pursuant to the United Church of Canada Act (1926-1928). There appears to be a mix of original documents and various published and copied items.

Contents include: minutes, correspondence and publications created by and relating to the Saskatchewan Provincial Church Union Committee (1921-1925); “Basis of Union” documents from the Presbyterian Church (1905-1908) and Methodist Church (1909); records of proceedings, minutes, and publications by and relating to the Joint Committee on Church Union and its Subcommittees; documents relating to proposed legislation (1922-1924), the Act Incorporating the United Church of Canada, House of Commons debates on the topic, and associated Saskatchewan legislation (1924); publications and articles relating to the anti-union movement and the legal issues resulting from the division of the Presbyterian Church; copies of information regarding the voting returns on Union from across Canada (1925-1926); maps showing communities with local union churches; and a poster published by the Union Committee of the Presbyterian Church (1924). There are also materials regarding the Commission Pursuant the United Church of Canada Act, including orders, proceedings, and materials relating to non-concurring Presbyterian congregations in Saskatchewan.

Provincial Church Union Committee

Cooperating Committee of Saskatchewan fonds

  • FA8
  • Fonds
  • 1911–1925

The fonds consists of textual materials created by and relating to the Methodist-Presbyterian Cooperating Committee of Saskatchewan (later the Provincial Committee on Cooperation), its committees and related individuals and bodies.

Contents include: minutes of the Cooperating Committee of Saskatchewan (1911-1925); various Local Cooperating Committees minutes (1920-1925), possibly collected by/for the Cooperating Committee of Saskatchewan; publications and articles regarding cooperating and union churches, in Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada (1911-1922). There are also files of correspondence, relating to Local Unions in Balgonie and Trevarga (1913-1914), Yellow Grass (1917), and other locations (1921-1925), as well as signed agreements and lists relating to united charges at Fillmore, Manor, Nokomis, Rokeby, Saltcoats and Sintaluta (1921) and double-affiliation charges at Bladworth, Briercrest, Carlyle, Drinkwater, Dundurn, Fillmore-Osage, Girvin, Hawarden, Sceptre, Viscount, Willmar and Wapella (1920-1925).

Cooperating Committee of Saskatchewan

Edmund H. Oliver fonds

  • PR4
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1935

The fonds consists of records by and relating to E.H. Oliver, his travels in Saskatchewan and his teaching at St. Andrew’s College, his experiences in the First World War and involvement with educational programs for the soldiers (through the University of Vimy Ridge and Khaki University), his postwar work as Principal of St. Andrew’s College and later Moderator of the United Church, and his research and publications.

Contents include: correspondence (1911-1916); diary of trips to the Doukhobor area around Veregin (1915), the Cote Reserve, and to the Ruthenians of Kamsack and Canora; military publications and wartime memorabilia; materials related to the University of Vimy Ridge (1917-1918) and Khaki University (1917-1919); Oliver’s postwar correspondence (1920-1935), as he resumed his duties as Principal of St. Andrew’s College; and various historical and research publications and manuscripts, on topics such as Church Union, education, Saskatchewan history and settlement. There is also a collection of material pertaining to the drought situation on the prairies and the United Church response (1930-1932), at which time Oliver was serving as Moderator.

The collection also includes letters and tributes to E.H. Oliver, from after his death (1935-1936).

Oliver, Edmund Henry

Elrose Presbytery fonds

  • FD7
  • Fonds
  • 1926–1949

The fonds consists of textual materials generated by the Presbytery, its secretaries, committees and related bodies, in fulfillment of their responsibilities, as outlined in the Manual of the United Church of Canada.

Contents include: minutes (1926-1949); a treasurer’s book; and a “Report of the Historical Committee of the Elrose Presbytery” (Feb. 9, 1932), which includes a history of the presbytery and its pastoral charges.

United Church of Canada Elrose Presbytery

Estevan Presbytery fonds

  • FD8
  • Fonds
  • 1906–1925

The fonds consists of textual materials generated by Alameda, Estevan and Arcola-Estevan Presbyteries, their secretaries, committees and related bodies, in fulfillment of their responsibilities, as outlined in the Manual of the United Church of Canada and by the Presbyterian Church in Canada, prior to 1925.

Contents include minutes (1906-1951) and Statistical Records of Home Missions (1912-1935). Minute books document meetings of pre-union Alameda Presbytery, as well as United Church successor, Estevan Presbytery.

Presbyterian Church in Canada Alameda Presbytery

Frank Hoffman fonds

  • PR1
  • Fonds
  • 1920–1945

The fonds primarily consists of papers by and relating to Rev. Hoffman and his and others work among Hungarian immigrants.

Contents include: correspondence and reports about missions in Alberta and Northern Saskatchewan; a list of Hungarian immigrants to Canada (some photos included); Az Otthon 1922-1925 (in Hungarian); and related materials, newspaper clippings, and documents concerning mission work and fieldwork Hoffman and others undertook in Saskatchewan. Among the materials is a biographical sketch of the Rev. Emerick Csendes [Czendes], written by Rev. Hoffman, and a copy of “Tales of Hoffman” by R.W. Hardy.

Hoffman, Frank

General Council of Local Union Churches fonds

  • FA6
  • Fonds
  • ca.1915–1924

The fonds consists of textual materials created by and relating to the General Council of Local Union Churches, its Policy Committee and related individuals and bodies.

Contents include: minutes of the Policy Committee (c1920), a report to the General Council of Local Union Churches of Western Canada (1921), and resolutions passed by the General Council (1922); publications relating to the General Council (1921-1924); correspondence regarding Union Churches and Cooperative Churches (1924); and an address “The Evolution of Organic Church Union in Canada”, given by the Chairman at a General Council Meeting, on April 5, 1915.

There is also a group of additional materials on the topic of Local Unions, created/collected by the Rev. W.H. Hughes. This contains some originals and some copies of archival materials, along with other documents written and/or assembled by Hughes.

General Council of Local Union Churches of Western Canada

G.G. Heffelfinger fonds

  • PR6
  • Fonds
  • ca.1925

The fonds consists of Rev. Heffelfinger’s sermon “Sympathy”, written for March 1st, 1924, with biblical citations for scripture readings and first lines of praise selections (hymns).

Heffelfinger, Galen Gordon

Goose Lake District (Methodist) fonds

  • FA14
  • Fonds
  • 1911–1921

The fonds consists of Ministerial Session minutes from Goose Lake District.

Methodist Church (Canada) Goose Lake District

Grace and Homer Lane fonds

  • PR2
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1971

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).

Lane, Grace H. (Grover)

James Sangster fonds

  • PR5
  • Fonds
  • ca.1961

Fonds consists of a typed manuscript “The Chariot of Israel, A Tale of Elijah” by James Sangster, with the author’s preface indicating St. Andrew’s [United Church], Lumsden, June 1961.

Sangster, James Sim

John Campbell fonds

  • PR24
  • Fonds
  • 1990-1991

The fonds consists of a file of writings and correspondence created and collected by John Campbell. Contents include 2 manuscripts (ca.1990) written by Campbell on religious themes, a covering letter (April 1991) introducing himself and his work, plus letters from the United Church Publishing House (May 1990) and St. Andrew’s College (May 1991).

Campbell, John

Kamsack Presbytery fonds

  • FD9
  • Fonds
  • 1925–1956

The fonds consists of textual materials generated by Kamsack Presbytery, its secretaries, committees and related bodies, in fulfillment of their responsibilities, as outlined in the Manual of the United Church of Canada.

Contents include: minutes (1925-1956); correspondence; treasurer’s accounts; statistics; files relating to education and students; record of candidates for ministry; and pastoral relations correspondence; as well as history documents, “Historical Notes of Kamsack Presbytery” and “Historical sketch of various pastoral charges in Kamsack Presbytery” (covering up to late 1920s and early 1940s).

United Church of Canada Kamsack Presbytery

Kamsack Presbytery (Presbyterian) fonds

  • FA36
  • Fonds
  • 1919–1925

The fonds consists of minutes (1906-1925) and correspondence (1923-1925) from the Kamsack Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church.

Presbyterian Church in Canada Kamsack Presbytery

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