Fonds - Coqualeetza Institute fonds

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Coqualeetza Institute fonds

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  • 1888-1941 (Creation)
    Coqualeetza Institute (Residential school : Sardis, B.C.)

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14 cm of textual records

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The Coqualeetza Institute, also often known as the Coqualeetza Industrial Institute, was founded as a day school in 1884 by Charles M. Tate and his wife Caroline. Two years later, they took some of the students into the mission house, first at their own cost and later with a grant from the Methodist Woman's Missionary Society; in 1888, the W.M.S. built a residential school named the Coqualeetza Home, which continued to operate until it burned down in 1891. With some help from the federal government of Canada, the school was rebuilt and opened as the Coqualeetza Institute in 1894. In 1900, the General Board of Missions took over from the W.M.S. and enrollment was increased from 110 to 165 students. In 1914, George H. Raley was appointed Principal of the school. It is unclear who may have occupied the post between Raley and Tate, who appears in records as late as 1909; two other ministers, Elihu Manuel and A.E. Roberts, also appear in the records as having some involvement with the school between 1909 and 1914. In 1924 the federal government built a new building to accommodate 200 pupils, which opened in October. R.C. Scott was appointed Principal upon Raley's retirement in 1933, and served until the school was closed at the end of 1939, the building becoming the Coqualeetza Sanitorium under the management of the federal government, and the pupils and staff being moved to the Alberni Indian Residential School.

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Fonds consists of Baptism, marriage and burial records (1887-1941); Subscriptions (1914-1925); School registers (1888-1911); and Extra-curricular group records (1934-1935). The missionary subscription lists include those of the Lower Fraser Circuit for the period 1914-1920, mainly listing subscriptions from the Coqualeetza Institute. Also, there are a few records of marriages in the civil register that took place in Alberni, B.C., most likely at the Alberni Indian Residential School.

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Most volumes are restricted because they contain personal information and are subject to the provisions of the BC Personal Information Protection Act.

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Alberni Indian Residential School fonds
George H. Raley fonds
Robert Clyde Scott fonds
Jonathan Wood Galloway fonds, Chilliwack Museum and Archives (Galloway was a Methodist minister who taught at Coqualeetza)

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No further accruals expected

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-73

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AffB 5

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United Church of Canada British Columbia Conference Archives

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Revised August 11, 2011
Revised November 3, 2011
Revised August 22, 2014
Revised March 6, 2019

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  • English

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