Fonds FW 12 - Woman's Missionary Society Saskatchewan Branch fonds

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Woman's Missionary Society Saskatchewan Branch fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously identified as Woman’s Missionary Society, Saskatchewan Conference Branch sub-series (A.381.XII.B).

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FW 12

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69.8 cm (approx.) of textual records

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Administrative history

The United Church of Canada was created in 1925, from the union of Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregationalist and Local Union churches. The women’s organizations from the uniting denominations at the time included: the Canada Congregational Woman's Board of Missions (mostly in eastern Canada, since 1886); the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Church (founded 1876); the Woman's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Eastern Division (founded 1825) and Western Division (founded 1876); along with their various corresponding regional and local units. Soon after union, these became national, regional and local units of the United Church of Canada Woman’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.).

The new Society had its first annual meeting in 1926. Like the earlier societies, it brought the message of missions before the entire community of the Church, while offering financial support and personnel to its own wide mission programme.

In 1962, United Church W.M.S. and W.A. organizations across the country amalgamated to form the United Church Women (U.C.W.). Presbyterial and local groups developed along similar lines to national bodies, becoming local and presbyterial U.C.W. units in January 1962.

Custodial history

Original provenance for many of the records in the fonds is unclear. Initial records were likely transferred to the archives between 1925 and 1986. Their original provenance is unclear. Additional minutes and reports were received around 2004 or earlier.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records created by the Saskatchewan Branch of the W.M.S., its members, treasurers, circles and committee(s).

Contents include: meeting minutes; bylaws and resolutions; annual reports; membership records; financial records; School for Leaders minutes and associated documents; Baby Band conference and presbyterial reports; select publications; scrapbooks; and W.M.S. Conference and presbyterial histories (to 1961). Additional historical materials included the fonds were collected by Mrs. Mary McKechnie, first president of the Qu’Appelle Presbyterian W.M.S. and later of the Saskatchewan Conference W.M.S. There is also a daily register of pupils from Round Lake Indian School (1942-1946).

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Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items listed under A.381.XII.B were arranged sometime before 1990. Further accruals were added to the collection around 1998 (listed under A.923.SA, batch accession S98-67) and 2004 (under A.1069.SA, batch accession S2004-51).

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Some records are restricted, to protect personal information.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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

Finding aids

GS-168 includes original file and series listings, in section A.381.XII.B.

Associated materials

Digital copies of select documents are also held by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), in Manitoba.

Records from local and presbytery-level United Church W.M.S. units and select reference materials from national-level W.M.S. are included in separate sections of the UCC Living Skies Region Archives. The primary collection of records from the national W.M.S. is held by United Church of Canada Archives (Toronto), in fonds F505, as is that of the related United Church Board of Women, in fonds F507.


No further accruals are expected.

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Textual records: A.381.XII.B.1 to 37; A.923.SA.1731 to SA.1732; A.1069.SA.3917 to SA.3920, SA.3922

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