Fonds - United Church of Canada Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference Fonds

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United Church of Canada Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference Fonds

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  • 1925-1994, predominant 1954-1993 (Creation)

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42 meters : Textual material

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The Conference of Manitoba came into existence in June of 1925 with the creation of the United Church of Canada through the union of the Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Local Union Churches of Canada. The name was changed to the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario in 1980. The Conference encompasses the entire province of Manitoba and the area of Northwestern Ontario drained by the Rainy River and Winnipeg River systems as far east as Marathon and south to the United States border. The Conference has an administrative as well as a geographic meaning. The thirteen conferences within the United Church of Canada function as governing bodies or courts of the church. Very simply, they are composed of members of the Order of Ministry on the roll of Presbyteries within the geographical bounds of the Conference and lay persons under appointment to administrative or staff positions within the Conference. These are matched by an equal number of lay representatives elected from the Pastoral Charges within the Conference. Chairpersons of Conference Committees and the President of the Conference United Church Women are also members of Conference. In addition to the obligation to meet annually and to appoint a Conference Executive, the Conference was charged with appointing Standing and Special Committees to carry out the day to day work of the Conference.

Custodial history

Many of the materials which make up this Conference fonds had been stored in the basement of the Conference offices at 120 Maryland Street in Winnipeg in an ad hoc manner for varying lengths of time over a period of approximately forty years before coming into the Conference Archives. Records of Conference administration in storage at 120 Maryland were formally transferred to the Archives in 1996. The balance of this fonds consists of record series which had been accessioned by the Archives at various periods prior to 1995. The provenance of records accessioned prior to 1976 is often obscure.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of textual and other materials generated by the Conference, the Conference Executive, Conference Staff Associates and Conference Committee members in the fulfillment of their mandate, as outlined in The Manual of the United Church of Canada, from 1925 to 1994. Throughout the life of the fonds, several Conference staff have simultaneously served in more than one church or community administration while keeping unified files resulting in materials from other administrative jurisdictions being interspersed among the fonds.

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Original order of many of the series of the fonds was substantially obscured during the storage period and materials were in an extremely disorganized state with no original order or access points apparent; where necessary, order based on administrative function has been reconstructed by the arranging archivist.

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Some restrictions on access; see descriptions.

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Finding Aids consist of series descriptions; some sub-series and file level description; box lists available.

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Fonds also includes ephemera, photographs, slides, audio tape recordings, video tape recordings and 50 sets of blueprints, plans and architects' drawings.

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The material in this fonds is predominatley in English; exceptions are noted where found.

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