20 m of textual records ; 4000 graphic images ; 50 audio-visual materials
The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) was formed in September 1902 by the General Synod. The Society was created for the general missionary work of the Church and aimed to bring all members of the Church into the field of action by making them members of the Society. The work of the Society was under the charge of the Board of Missions, consisting of all members of the General Synod. The executive work of the Board of Missions was done by the Board of Management composed of the Bishops, two clergy and two laymen elected by each diocese. Administratively, the MSCC was run by a General Secretary who guided the Field Secretary and various committees in their work. Its last General Secretary resigned in 1969. The MSCC Board of Management still exists under Canon VII, convenes during General Synod, and produces financial statements because of ongoing MSCC legacies and trusts.
The work of the MSCC consisted of domestic and foreign missions. In Canada the work included assisting missionary dioceses, Indian and Eskimo work, Columbia Coast Mission, Church Camp Missions, Jewish Missions, Japanese Missions, Immigration chaplaincies, white settlers missions, and Indian Residential Schools. Foreign missions included church, medical, and education work in Japan, China, India, Palestine (Jerusalem), and Egypt.
The forerunners of the MSCC were the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (1883-1902) and the Canadian Church Missionary Society (1894-1903), both of whom were already supporting domestic and foreign missionaries. By the side of the DFMS stood the Woman's Auxiliary (1885-1966), organized in 1885 for the purpose of enlisting the women in the missionary effort of the Church. When the MSCC was formed it became the Woman's Auxiliary to the MSCC.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of constitution, minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, legal records, printed materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials.
Fonds organized into the following series:
Series 1. Board of Management and Executive Committee, 1884-1969;
Series 2. Committees, 1900-1968;
Series 2:1 Deputation Committee, 1903-1906
Series 2:2 Foreign Missions Committee, 1903-1904
Series 2:3 Sunday School Committee, 1903-1905
Series 2:4 Consultative Committee, 1912-1951
Series 2:5 Candidates Committee, 1913-1965
Series 2:6 Committee on Overseas Missions, 1942-1955
Series 2:7 Committee on Canadian Missions, 1944-1957
Series 2:8 Policy Committee, 1944-1966
Series 2:9 Committee on Missionary Strategy, 1955, 1959
Series 2:10 Missions to Seamen, 1957-1966
Series 2:11 Family Lenten Offering Committee (ACTO), 1958-1963
Series 2:12 Joint MSCC & CSS Committee on Indian and Eskimo Affairs, 1959-1962
Series 2:13 Finance Committee, 1941-1966
Series 2:14 Special Indian Committee, 1900-1910
Series 2:15 Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools Commission and Indian Schools administration, 1906-1968
Series 3. General Secretary's records, 1897-1975;
Series 4. Field Secretary's records, 1940-1959;
Series 5. Financial records, 1877-2011;
Series 6. Overseas Personnel, 1907-1941;
Series 7. Publications Department, 1943-1960;
Series 8. Publications - Official Records, 1901-1958;
Series 9. Publications, 1904-1975;
Series 10. Photograph and Audio-Visual collections.
Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) fonds
The Mission World (1914-1921), which superceded The New Era (1903-1913), was published by the MSCC. New Era and The Mission World are numbered continuously. Mission World ceased publication at the end of 1921 due to lack of funding. The annual lenten children's issue was continued with the title, Children's Mission World.
T.B.R. (Thomas Buchanan Reginald) Westgate (1872-1951) was born in Watford, Ontario. He was a graduate of Huron College and was ordained as a priest in 1897. He spent a year in a parish in Comber, Ont. before starting his missionary career. He served as a missionary with the South American Missionary Society in Paraguayan Chaco, 1898-1901, and with the Church Missionary Society (1902-1919) in several places in Tanzania and Uganda in Africa. After returning to Canada, Westgate served as the Field Secretary for Indian and Eskimo Residential School Commission, MSCC (Winnipeg, MB), 1919-1943.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence and manuscripts, printed material, photographs, sermons and diaries relating to his experiences with the South American Missionary Society; Africa, including being a prisoner of war in Africa during WWI; and Indian Residential Schools.
Fonds arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Westgate correspondence and papers, 1892-1950
Series 2: Westgate manuscripts, articles and clippings, 1913-1930
Series 3: Westgate photograph collection, 1895-1933
Series 4: Westgate Diaries, 1902-1949
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds