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Superintendents of Home Missions, 1926-1973
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The office of Conference Superintendent of Home Missions functioned from the creation of the General Council Board of Home Missions in 1925 until the dissolution of the Board in 1972. The Conference Superintendents of Home Missions were responsible for supervising the administration of allocations made by the Board of Home Missions in support of aid-receiving charges, Mission Fields, and institutions that furthered the objectives of the Home Mission work of the United Church within the Conference territory. The Superintendent was also responsible for giving direction to the missionary efforts within the Conference in co-operation with the Home Missions Committees of the Conference and Presbyteries. As well, the Superintendent was expected to serve on any inter-conference or ecumenical committees and commissions which were concerned with issues related to home missions work within his territory and in so doing represent the interests of The United Church of Canada.
Most of the records described here came to the Conference Archives as part of three major transfers in 1984, 1988, and 1996. It was not always recorded, however, which Conference officer had custody and control of the records before they were transferred to inactive status and the basis on which the decision was made to remove records from active use appears to have been somewhat eccentric. Also, there were other unrecorded accessions and detailed inventories are not available in all cases. It also appears that items repatriated from selected Presbyteries and Charges have been interspersed within these records.
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The items described here were for the most part the correspondence and related documents kept by the Superintendents in the course of their activities supervising the Home Missions allocations within the Conference of Manitoba and North-western Ontario. The records of the Superintendent's of Home Missions described here include items that date from 1926 to 1981 with the majority dating predominantly from after 1940 to 1972. Those records that date from after 1972 largely pertain to loans and other agreements that were entered into prior to the dissolution of the Board of Home Missions. Often correspondence does not appear to be complete. Reference is made to items that are not now in the files and in many cases there are gaps of several years that are not explicitly explained. Documents found here suggest that at least two major culling of records took place; one in 1935, when the Conference offices were moved, and again in 1963. In other cases, items were removed to the Archives Vertical File after accession. Also, it is known that succeeding Superintendents of Home Missions removed items from the files of previous Superintendents for purposes of follow-up and research and these items likely were not returned to their original location. Some documents pertaining to Home Missions fields in First Nations communities were transferred to the custody of the All Native Circle Conference at the time of its creation in 1989. These records were not transferred to the Conference Archives until 1999 and will be described as part of the records of All Native Circle Conference. A division of topics according to the headings of Property, Maintenance, and General Letters within which records are arranged according to Mission Field has been roughly adhered to although it is possible to find records dealing with all three topics in one folder. Also, the taxonomy was modified somewhat as the method of allocating funds evolved.
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The original order of many of these records was obscured during storage, earlier arrangement and subsequent microfilming projects and folder order has been reconstructed based on the existing accession record where possible. Where this was not possible, the arrangement imposed when the records were initially accessioned has been retained. In many cases the original fasteners were removed and the original chronological and/or thematic order of the documents within folders has become indistinct. Generally, records are arranged in alphabetical order by charge/mission/institution name/subject. Some records also have been arranged by Presbytery and there is some evidence to suggest that this may have been the original working arrangement for all the 'Property' and 'Maintenance' records of the Superintendents of Home Missions. Records that pertain to a particular topic and/or Mission Field are often found in more than one location.
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File level description for those records pertaining to Home Missions initiatives in First Nations communities and to residential schools; for other records the finding aid is a box list.
Related material: For further records pertaining to the administration of Norway House Indian Residential School, see the series 'Records of the Administration of Norway House Residential School'; some records that pertain to the establishment of new congregations and related capital expenditures may be found with the records of the Winnipeg [Presbytery] Council of Church Extension that was charged with responsibility to act for the Conference as a whole in matters of Church Extension after 1957; Annual Reports of the Manitoba Conference Superintendent/s of Home Missions appear in digest form in the published Annual Reports of The United Church of Canada General Council Board of Home Missions.
Documents found here also include architectural drawings and photographs.
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