Fonds Accession: 99-6, 2012-32; ID# 3333 - Rev. George A. McMillan fonds

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Rev. George A. McMillan fonds

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CA UCA Accession: 99-6, 2012-32; ID# 3333

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  • 1918 - 1975 (Creation)
    Rev. George A. McMillan
    (predominant 1943-1959)

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.17m textual material,
155 still images,
approx. 347 slides;
records contained within two boxes

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(1902 - 1959)

Biographical history

Rev. George A. McMillan (1902 – 1959) served the United church of Canada for over twenty-five years. McMillan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 30, 1902. After completing his Grade 10 education McMillan went to work for Canadian Northern Railway, before taking a position as Associate Boys’ Work Secretary at the Winnipeg YMCA. In 1929 McMillan enrolled in the Collegiate at United College, beginning his theological studies in United College in 1931. He was ordained in 1934. During his ministerial career he served Benito, Miniota, Sparling United Church in Winnipeg and Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ontario. McMillan served as the Chairman of both the Christian Education Committee’s Radio Committee and Manitoba Conference’s Radio Committee, where he helped produce United Church broadcasts and contributed morning devotions. He was chairperson of Winnipeg Presbytery, President of Conference in 1950 and was honored by United College with an honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in 1955. McMillan was also Superintendent of home Missions from 1956 to 1959. Rev. McMillan passed away on August 21, 1959. His memorial was held in Augustine United Church in Winnipeg. A memorial fund was created in the memory of Rev. McMillan to support the building of churches and manses in isolated First Nations communities.

Custodial history

The records arrived at the archives in two separate accessions. The first batch of records arrived in 1997 (donated on behalf of George A. McMillan) and was accessioned in 1999. The second batch of records arrived and was accessioned in 2012 via Cliff McMillan (George McMillan’s son).

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The surviving records of George A. McMillan include approximately 347 color slides and 49 black and white still images depicting northern communities in the 1950s (Berens River, Churchill, Cross Lake, Fisher River, God’s Lake, Herb Lake, Illford, Indian Springs, Island Lake, Kelsey,Little Grand Rapids, Lynn Lake, Moak, Nelson House, Norway House [including the Residential School and Rossville], Oxford House, The Pas, Poplar River, Red Sucker Lake, Sandy Lake, Snow Lake, South Indian Lake, Thicket Portage, Thompson, Wabowden; also Brandon Industrial School, Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School and Vita). Textual records pertaining to McMillan’s ministerial work in various pastoral charges (St. Stephens-Broadway [Winnipeg], Dauphin Plains, Benito, Thunder Hill, Grandview, Miniota, Sparling [Winnipeg] and Knox [Fort Frances]), work in Christian Education, work as Conference President, work in radio broadcasting (both for the Christian Education Committee and Manitoba Conference’s Radio Committees) and work as Superintendent of Home Missions are also included in the fonds. Biographical records regarding McMillan can also be found in the fonds. Finally, records collected by McMillan pertaining to church Union, historical figures (John Wesley, John Black, Samuel Matheson) and mission work amongst First Nations groups exist within the fonds.

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Order – sometimes chronological, sometimes topical – was imposed on the records prior to their arrival at the archives. This order was largely retained during processing, although some folders were amalgamated due to topical similarity and folder size. The slides have been arranged according to location. The order imposed on the photographs prior to donation has been, mostly, retained. Identical duplicate copies of records and slides were removed from the collection. Some items were re-formatted via photocopying.

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Nearly all of the material is written in English. A single document is written in syllabics.

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Folder-level descriptions and descriptive inventories of the slides and still images are available. Cliff McMillan’s folder-level descriptions of George McMillan’s records exist as a file folder within the fonds.

Associated materials

Additional records pertaining to George A. McMillan exist and can be found through the Conference finding aid (“Special Committee to Study the Indian Work in Manitoba Conference” in the Committees/Task Forces/Working Groups series, Conference Home Missions Committee series, Records of Churches in Indian Communities series, Records of the Superintendents of Home Missions series, Broadcasting series and Church Home for Girls series). Biographical file available.

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Further accruals may be forthcoming.

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