Fonds Acc: 84 - 28 - Walter Foster Barfoot fonds

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Walter Foster Barfoot fonds

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CA DRL Acc: 84 - 28

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  • 1919 - 1959, predominant 1947 - 1959 (Creation)

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.5 m textual material

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Walter Barfoot was born in Collingwood, Ontario on October 17, 1893, the youngest son of Robert Barfoot. He studied at Wycliffe College in 1913, but enlisted in the Officers' Training Corps after the outbreak of the First World War. On January 16, 1916, he was granted a temporary commission as Second Lieutenant in the Second Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre in 1918. Barfoot was ordained Deacon in 1922, and Priest a year later in Toronto. He served as the Rector in Melita, Manitoba from 1923 to 1924, and held the position of both Tutor from 1926 to 1933 and professor from 1933 to 1934 at Emmanuel College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At St. John's College, he served as a professor from 1934 to 1935, and Warden from 1935 to 1941. He became Canon of St. John's Cathedral and Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Rupert's Land in 1934 and held both positions until 1941, when he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Edmonton. He was Primate of All Canada from 1951 to 1958. In 1953, he Translated to Rupert's Land and was elected Metropolitan. He served as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land from 1954 to 1961.He was awarded the Canterbury Degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1958. He retired in 1961 and moved to British Columbia. He died on June 28, 1978 and is buried in an Edmonton Cemetery. He married Lorena Richardson in 1942.

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The records of Walter Foster Barfoot came to the Diocesan archives as part of a transfer of records in 1984.

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The surviving records of Walter Foster Barfoot include: photographs [1958 – 1970's]; record of ordinations (1947 – 1948); private journal (1951); correspondence (1949 – 1959); records of the Lambeth Conference Consultative Body; records of the Public Relations Committee (1955 – 1957); records of the Radio Broadcasting Committee (1954); records of the Committee on the Reunion of Christendom (1954); records of the Dominion WA (1954 – 1958); records of the Dominion WA (1954 – 1958); records of the Advisory Investment Committee (1956); minutes of the Executive Committee of the Archives Committee of General Synod (1957 – 1958); minutes of the Board of Finance; minutes of the Church House Management Committee Minutes (1954 – 1958); minutes of the Editorial Committee (1957 – 1958); minutes of the Every Member Visitation (1956); minutes of Heads of Departments (1955 – 1958); minutes of the Lay Retirement Committee (1955); records of the Literature and Supplies for the Anglican Book Centre Committee (1955 – 1957).

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Related material: I Have Chosen You: The Life and Ministry of Walter Foster Barfoot. By William E. Harrison in the Library collection.

Associated material: Diocese of Edmonton – ED.380, 381

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