The Church of England Deaconess and Missionary Training House was established in 1890 as a residential school to prepare women workers for Deaconess and missionary service. In 1947 the name was changed to the Anglican Women's Training College (AWTC). Anglican women from all over Canada came to Toronto to train for work in Christian Education in parishes, medical and teaching services overseas, Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools and reserves, Bishop's Messengers in western Canada, Sunday School by Post and Radio, youth and social work. The Woman's Auxiliary recruits were sent to the AWTC for missionary training for a year or less before being sent out. This was different from the three year diploma program offered to AWTC students.
In 1969, the AWTC merged with the United Church's Covenent College to become the Centre for Christian Studies using the former AWTC building on Charles Street, Toronto. In 1997, the building in Toronto was sold and a decision was made to discontinue the traditional residential program in favour of the community based program and to relocate the administrative offices to Winnipeg. In July, 1998, CCS officially moved.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, fundraising and insurance records, architectural plans and blueprints, minutes of meetings, Alumnae and student records, daybooks, financial and legal records, annual reports, scrapbooks, pamphlets and other printed materials, photographs, artifacts, and oral history interviews.
Fonds is arranged in 7 series:
Series 1: Committee on Deaconesses, 1890-1897.
Series 2: Administration Records of the Deaconess House and AWTC, 1893-1990.
Series 3: Committees, 1899-1973.
Series 4: Associations, 1896-1990.
Series 5: Printed and Miscellaneous Material, 1892-1998. Series 6: Anglican Women’s Training College: A Background Document. – 1893-1990.
Series 7: Photographs, 1900-1969.
Woman's Auxiliary fonds
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds
18.28 m of textual, graphic and audiovisual materials
The General Board of Religious Education (GBRE) Committee (1918-1967) came into existence by the enactment of Canon VII at the 8th General Synod in September 1918. Its mandate was to study the educational needs of the church in respect of primary and secondary education and of all Sunday School work, and to recommend such measures as it may deem advisable and to advance the cause of religious education in the schools. This does not generally include Indian Residential Schools.
The GBRE was divided into I. Educational Section for parish needs, teacher training, and religious education in public schools; and II. Editorial and Supplies Section. Other residual programs were the Sunday School by Post and Radio, the Sunday School Caravan Mission, and the Anglican Young People's Association (AYPA).
The GBRE was run by the General Secretary:
Robert Arthur Hiltz (1877-1955), 1910-1950
Arthur Harding Priest (1892-1958), 1950-1958
Kenneth Howard Michael Creal (1927- ), 1958-1965
Thomas David Somerville (1915-2011), 1965-1966
Jefferson, Philip Clarke (1928-2012), 1966-1973
The GBRE was preceded by Inter-Diocesan Sunday School Committee and the Sunday School Commission of the Church of England in Canada. In 1967 the GBRE Committee was dismantled and the Department of Religious Education became a section in the Programme Department at the General Synod.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of reports, minutes, legal documents, correspondence, financial records, printed materials, graphic materials and audio-visual materials.
Fonds organized into the following series:
Series 1. Inter-Diocesan Sunday School Committee, 1889-1904
Series 2. Sunday School Committee of the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada, 1905-1908
Series 3. Sunday School Commission of the Church of England in Canada, 1908-1918
Series 4. General Board of Religious Education, 1918-1967
Series 5. Anglican Young People's Association, 1902-1967
Series 6. Periodicals, 1883-1971
Series 7. Pamphlet and Printed Materials, 1910-1967
Series 8. Curriculum and Text books, 1926-1967
Series 9: Illustrated Materials and Picture Rolls, [192-?]-1965