Fonds - British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society fonds

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British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society fonds

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  • 1859, 1878-1956 (Creation)
    British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society

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149 cm of textual records and other material

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The British Columbia Church Aid Society, based in London, England, was formed in 1910 as an organization to represent the interests of and raise support in the home country for the British Columbia dioceses and institutions such as the Anglican Theological College. It unified into a provincial scope the work of the various existing diocesan missionary societies: the Columbia Mission, founded in 1859; the New Westminster Association (later called New Westminster and Kootenay Missionary Association) founded in 1880; and the Nishga Union (later called Caledonia Missionary Union) created in 1905. The former diocesan organizations retained their identity as diocesan committees of the larger organization. In 1913 the Diocese of Yukon was added to the Society's activities resulting in a new name, British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society (B.C.Y.C.A.S.). The Society's long-time serving General Secretary was the Rev. Canon Jocelyn Perkins who remained active in office from the Society's beginning until after the Second World War.

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Records of earlier missionary organizations came into custody of B.C.Y.C.A.S. The B.C.Y.C.A.S. fonds was donated to the Archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia in 1958 upon the Society's dissolution.

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Fonds consists of minutes, reports, letterbooks, printed material, clippings, photographs, and cartographic records. Of particular significance, is the series of General Secretary's letterbooks which documents the main period of the Society's influence and activity up to 1940. Includes some records of predecessor missionary societies, namely, annual reports of Columbia Mission and minutes of New Westminster and Kootenay Missionary Association; B.C.Y.C.A.S. annual reports and yearbooks; minutes of the Executive Committee, Theological Education Committee, and reports of the New Westminster Diocesan Committee. Collections of periodicals, books, maps and photographs, in main, constituted the Society's library and thus functioned as an information source on the Church of England in B.C. as well as B.C. in general from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Information on the Church and the Society's activities was regularly disseminated through the Society's official magazine, "Across the Rockies". Copies of the "North British Columbia Coast News", published by the Caledonia Missionary Union, also are contained in the collections.

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BCAUL control number: ANGSYNOD-594

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