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
Alfred Wellington Buckland (1868-1932) was born in Chester, England. He served as a lay reader at St.Thomas' Church, Montreal, 1889-1892. He served as a lay missionary at Fort Chimo, York Factory, Moose Factory, Ungava, Chesterfield Inlet, and Cape Fullerton. Buckland was ordained deacon in 1897 and priest in 1898. He was Organizing Missionary for Southern Ohio until 1911, served at the Mission of Portneuf and the Rectory of New Carlisle and Cookshire and as a chaplain on the front line during WWI.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of diary excerpts by Buckland from 1895 to 1896 concerning his experiences with the Eskimos. One photograph of Buckland in arctic winter clothing.
James Richard Lucas (1863-1938) enrolled at the C.M.S.'s school in London, England and was ordained deacon in 1892 and priest in 1893. Served at Fort Chipewyan, Archdeacon of the Mackenzie River Diocese for seven years and Bishop of Mackenzie River, 1913-1926. Warden of the Church Army in Canada, 1929-1934.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of financial records; correspondence with missionaries and mission stations; clergy lists; and returns and statistics on grant payments, church attendence, indigenous work and expenditures of the diocese.
Richard John Bowen (1868-1952), ordained deacon,1897 and priest, 1898. Missionary of the Canadian Missionary Society in the Diocese of Selkirk (now Diocese of Yukon) and rector of the First Parish Church in the Yukon Territory, 1898-1903. Organizing Secretary for the Western Ontario District of the Canadian Bible Society, 1907-1925.