"The Spring 2002 Number of the 'Journal' is devoted to papers from the '(Re)Making Anglican Tradition(s) in North America' conference celebrating the tercentenary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts that was held at Trinity College, Toronto, Ontario, from 23 June to 27 June 2002. .... The papers [in this issue] represent most of the topics of the conference and range from the fully developed research papers, to dissertation outlines, to portions of books in preparation to brief surveys of the historical discussion" (p. 5).
"The position paper on the future of the Anglican Archives Network 'You Are My Witnesses: The Future of the Anglican Archives Network' written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada [Richard Virr] and the Archivist of General Synod [Terry Thompson] with the assistance of the other three Provincial Archivists is published in this number of the 'Journal'. Both Dr. [Christopher] Trott's letter and the position paper are indicative of how the historical and archival communities are trying to deal with the on-going financial crisis in the Anglican Church of Canada due to the unresolved Residential School legation [sic]" (p. 6).
Letter dated 14 June 2002 and addressed to members of the Canadian Church Historical Society. "Over the past year, the CCHS has been going through a number of important organizational changes .... As of the Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2002 the Society has become independently incorporated as a charitable non-profit society. Please see the appended By-Law #1 of the Society [printed on pages -188 of this issue and separately indexed]. Since the Strategic Plan of 1995, the Society has gradually been moving into an 'arms length' relationship with the Anglican General Synod. The incorporation of the CCHS completes this process. The Board is presently applying to register as a charitable organization under the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency in order to issue tax receipts. The Annual General Meeting also adopted a strategic plan. This plan authorizes the Board to negotiate the purchase of the General Synod Archives from the Anglican Church of Canada, and to establish the means to provided operating funds for the Archives once they have been purchased".
"The Anglican Archives Network has been developed over the past twenty-five years to provide a means of communication, training and support for the diocesan and provincial archivists of the Anglican Church of Canada. This development has been largely the result of the work of the Archivist and archives staff of General Synod resulting in a 'from the top down' model. However, the General Synod support staff that has been available in the past is no longer available to the same degree that it has been due to the financial crisis overtaking General Synod. Therefore, oven both the present stage in the development of the Anglican Archives Network and the situation at General Synod, this would seem to be an opportune time to consider the future direction of the Anglican Archives Network. This position paper provides some historical background on archives, some current information and proposes a model for the future development of the Network" (p. -164). The Anglican Archives Network began in 1975 and "includes all the dioceses of the Canadian Church. The activities of the Network fall under five headings: 1. Training of diocesan archivists; 2. Records management instruction; 3. Information exchange on policies and developments; 4. Support to archivists and dioceses; 5. Coordination of activities" (p. 168).
Paper divided into sections: The Present Situation -- Archives and the Church -- History: Anglican Archives in Canada -- Canadian Church Historical Society -- Anglican Archives Network -- Who We Are -- General Synod -- General Synod and the Anglican Archives Network -- The Future -- Conclusion.
Position paper written by the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada (Richard Virr) and the Archivist of General Synod (Terry Thompson). In addition, the paper "has been commented on and endorsed by: Trevor Powell, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land; Mary-Anne Nicholls, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario; Doreen Stephens, Archivist, Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and James Sweeny, Chair, Information Services Subcommittee" (p. 177).
"The diocesan archivists from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Ontario and Canada met in Montreal on 25 and 26 October 2002. .... This meeting was so successful that the [archivists of the ecclesiastical provinces] of Canada and Ontario have decided to meet together in the future. The next joint session is planned for October 2003 in Ottawa (p. 91)".
"Shirley Campbell Spragge, recently retired archivist of Queen's University, archivist of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario and Past President of the Canadian Church Historical Society died on 11 August  in Kingston [Ontario]". "The funeral was at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston on 15 August and the following eulogy was given by Terry Thompson, Archivist of General Synod" (p. ). "In the early 1980s Shirley was serving on the staff of the Queen's University archives. She arranged her time to assist the fledgling network of Anglican archivists. This network's first major project was the publication of a series of Guides to the holdings of Anglican archives for each of the ecclesiastical provinces" (p. 138). "In 1989 Shirley served as a member of the General Synod for the Diocese of Ontario, and worked from 1989 to 1992 as a member of the Inter-Church Inter-Faith Relations Committee. Her energy and commitment to the ecumenical tasks were inspiring. These were high energy years for her. I still remember her expression of surprise when I had to tell her that she couldn't serve on ICIFRC and the General Synod Archives Committee at the same time. More recently, Shirley served as president of the Canadian Church Historical Society, providing leadership and support in a time of stressful transition to the General Synod Archives, the Society and the archive network. Her work on behalf of the Millman Endowment Fund will continue to assist the publication of Anglican and Ecumenical history" (p. 138).
"'The Guide to the Archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada' has just been published. It provides listings of the holdings of the Provincial Archives and of the archives of the seven dioceses of the Province: Nova Scotia, Fredericton, Quebec, Montreal, Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland and Western Newfoundland. It is the fourth volume in the Anglican Records Series. Guides to the archives of the Provinces of Rupert's Land, Ontario and British Columbia and Yukon were published earlier. Copies of the Canada Guide are available at $25.00 from General Synod Archives, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2J6". [Complete text of Note.]
"The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded a Research Tools Grant for a project to be supervised jointly by the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario and the Ontario Diocesan Archives, in consultation with the General Synod Archives. This project is the preparation and publication of a guide to the holdings of the Archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario as well as those of the archives of the seven dioceses of the Province (Toronto, Niagara, Huron, Ontario, Ottawa, Algoma and Moosonee)". "The award, for a period of two years, is in the amount of $144,500. The supervisory team will be the diocesan archivists who will meet four times a year. The central office will be in the Archives of the Diocese of Toronto, and the co-ordinator will be Mary-Anne Mihorean, the archivist for the Diocese of Toronto. Two archivists have been hired for the project, Ken Wilson of Ottawa and Matthew Szybalski of Toronto. They began their work on 1 February 1988, and will travel together to the eight Archives in the Province and (where appropriate) to the archives of the Cathedrals and Theological Colleges. Their work will be based on the preliminary survey completed by Kelly Gormely in 1987 (also on a grant from SSHRC)".
"The Archivist, General Synod Archives, reports that the papers of Canon William Wallace Judd (1883-1981) have just been received, but have not been sorted as yet. There are approximately two feet of material, comprising mainly Canon Judd's sermons and addresses. The Diocese of Moosonee parish records have been microfilmed and are available in the General Synod Archives". [Text of entire article.]
"The General Synod archivist met with Kent Haworth, diocese of British Columbia archivist, on the afternoon of 25 Sept. 1980. We were joined by Garth Walker, archivist for the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia, and briefly by John Bovey, archivist of B.C., for our initial discussions. Kent brought us up-to-date on his two major projects, the construction of the new diocesan archives and the adoption of a new canon of the diocesan archives, archivist and records programme" (p. 46). "On 29 Sept.  in Victoria, the General Synod archivist discussed priorities for work on the collection of the archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia" (p. 47). The General Synod archivist also visited the diocese of Cariboo where an archives canon has recently been enacted and where a new programme is about to begin, and spent a day at the diocese of Kelowna archives. Plans are being made for a national consultation of religious archivists to take place in Toronto in June of 1981. For details please contact Rev. Glenn Lucas, United Church Archives, Victoria University, Toronto" (p. 47).
"Accessions to General Synod Archives in 1979 have included, among others, papers from the Task Force on the Economy; the Task Force on Rural Ministry; the Council of the North; materials relating to Native Affairs and Urban-Social Ministries; the files of the now closed Production Unit and the papers of R.R. Latimer relating to the General Commission on Church Union. Archives staff have continued to service the historical library and the indexing of the 'Canadian Churchman' has begun. Emphasis has been placed on the development of an on-going relationship with all national staff in the area of records management. Five dioceses have utilized the archives microfilm camera for their vital records. An Experience '79 grant for photographic work resulted in several thousand additions to the photo card catalogue". "The Diocese of Quebec records formerly held by the provincial museum are now housed in the Bishop's University Library. A new archives committee is providing assistance to the diocesan archivist, Rev. Mervin Awcock. ....[Ottawa] Diocesan archivist, Ven. W.H. Bradley, has announced his retirement as of June 1980. The Diocese of Saskatchewan recently appointed Mrs. Jacqueline M. Lobley as archivist" (p. 39).
"On Friday, 7 March 2003, the day before the conference on Anglican history and archives, a group of Anglican archivists met in Saint John's College to renew the archives information network in the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. .... The archivists discussed matters of common concern such as professional training for Anglican archivists, the implications of privacy legislation for access to archives, the need to strengthen the Anglican Archives Network, the progress of their own archives and their relationship with local genealogical societies. In the afternoon, the Rev. Brian Pearson of the Diocese of Calgary gave a presentation 'Archives and the Art of Lying' and read from two of his books".
"Thomas Reagh Millman, priest, historian and archivist died in Toronto on Friday 22 November 1996". "While in the Diocese of Montreal, Dr. Millman along with the Reverends S.B. Lindsay and R.K. Naylor and Professor J.I. Cooper, was one of the founders of the Montreal Diocesan Archives. Dr. Millman was the first archivist of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada (1955 until 1974), a founder of the Canadian Church Historical Society and a Canadian church historian of the first rank". "The Most Reverend Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said of Dr. Millman, 'As well as being a scholar with a deep knowledge and love of the Canadian Church, he was a gentle, gracious man with an unfailing smile and a joy in both teaching and learning. In 1995, in honour of Dr. Millman's ninetieth birthday, the Canadian Church Historical Society established the Millman Endowment Fund. Income from this fund will help to support the continuation of the Society's programme of publications and other activities".
"Miss Sandra Stewart has joined the staff of General Synod as archives technician. Mr. Jack Francis is the new archivist and registrar for the diocese of Ottawa. Mr. Garth Walker has been appointed archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the diocese of New Westminster. Dr. Fred Butler has assumed responsibility for the diocese of Nova Scotia archives. Recent accessions to General Synod Archives include materials relating to the Fellowship of the West, papers relating to the Canadian Forces Chaplaincy service, and occasional papers of the Archbishops' Western Canada fund. New finding aids are now available for the General Secretary's paper and the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario Collection". [Text of entire article.]
"The first national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) achieved 'remarkable acts of reconciliation', according to Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC. Sinclair expressed satisfaction that it had been a 'special, excellent start'. He also told the crowd gathered for closing ceremonies at the Oodena Celebration Circle of The Forks, a national historic site in Winnipeg: 'We know that this journey is far from complete'. More than 1,000 residential school survivors spoke privately to TRC statement-takers and in some cases, at sharing circles witnessed by the public. More than 40,000 people took part in various activities during the event." The Primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, attended the event and "listened to former students share their residential school experiences. 'I felt so ashamed', he said. The church has not paid enough attention to 'repentance for the wrongs we've done', he said, and to issues around 'inherent racism that still exists in Canadian society and in the church'." Justice Murray "Sinclair thanked the Anglican, United, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches, which took part in the event. 'They have not only persevered in supporting this commission as we go about our work, they have contributed generously to a fund to establish the travel arrangements so that many of you could be here', he said". The General Synod Archives was present at the event with resources about the schools. Article includes a photo with caption: "Laurel Parson, assistant archivist of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod, looks on as a residential school survivor searches through residential school photographs."
"The Anglican Church of Canada will release an additional $125,000 to help defray the costs of providing Indian residential schools-related documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada". "Up to $30,000 of the amount will support dioceses in their legal obligations to provide archival documents as part of the revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA). The remaining $95,000 will fund a digital version of documents that will be accessible to the public through the National Research Centre. The funds are over and above the $50,000 that General Synod Archives estimates it will need to provide the documents". "Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the national church's general secretary, told CoGS the additional contribution goes beyond what the church is required to do under the IRSSA". "The church has decided to respond positively to the request not only because it seeks to honour its legal obligation but also because it acknowledges its 'solemn moral obligation' to former residential school students and their families, as well as their communities, said Thompson. The Anglican Church of Canada operated over 30 residential schools across Canada over a 150-year period".
"It has been a long process, but on Jan. 16  the Anglican Church of Canada submitted its digital records relating to Indian Residential Schools -- over 300,000 pages of documents -- to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). For General Synod archivist Nancy Hurn, who do-ordinated the seven-year digitization process, it has been a journey filled with hard work. It has, however, been a rewarding one" (p. 1). "Approximately half of the digitized records came from the General Synod archives in Toronto, which also holds records from the Arctic and Keewatin dioceses. The rest of the records came from the archives of 30 dioceses across Canada, including those that did not have residential schools within their boundaries. The documents Hurn and the other archivists compiled will be held at the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NRCTC) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg" (p. 1, 15). "Aside from the digital documents, the church has also submitted almost 12,000 'electronically-created documents' and over 6,000 photographs relating to residential schools" (p. 15). The director of the NRCTR is Ry Moran. "The NRCTR plan on making the records available electronically available online in ways that will allow survivors to access them remotely. It has also promised to 'provide personal assistance with navigating, using, and understanding the records' for those who don't have familiarity with computers" (p. 15).
"The General Synod archives will be closed to staff and the public from April 6 to June 8 , and the library from April 12 to May 10, as the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada prepares to move to its new quarters at 80 Hayden St., Toronto, on the weekend of April 24-25." [Move actually took place in June 2004.]
Photo with caption "Theresa Mandricks and Lydia Laku, staff, with General Synod's partnerships department, prepare for office move by shredding old files".