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United Church of Canada Pacific Mountain Region Archives
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Writings

Series consists of a draft of Stott’s semi-fictional account of life in the Cariboo in the early 20th century.

Frank and Marguerite Fidler correspondence and other material

Series consists of records relating to the Rev. Frank Fidler’s ministry within the United Church of Canada, including his service as Boys’ Work Secretary for BC Conference (1928-1931); pastoral work at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto (1934-1940) and at Glebe United Church in Ottawa (1940-1949); and work at General Council as Secretary of the Christian Education Department (1949-1971). Also included are records relating to Marguerite Fidler’s involvement with the Woman’s Missionary Society. Record types include correspondence, research papers, conference planning materials, and publications.

Woman's Missionary Society correspondence

Series consists of records relating primarily to McCargar’s liaison with the head office of the Woman’s Missionary Society (WMS) of The United Church of Canada. Also included are records relating to her association with the WMS at the Chinese United Church in Vancouver and other congregations. Documents include correspondence, reports, speaking notes, worship preparation notes, financial records, mailing lists, course outline, order of worship, poetry, and greeting cards from special events.

Project records

Series consists of records relating primarily to Booth’s consulting work after retirement. Includes scripts, timecode descriptions, project schedules, speeches, reports, correspondence, and maps.

Teaching and worship materials

Series consists of records relating to Harrison’s teaching and worship leadership activities at the Vancouver School of Theology. Includes lecture notes, sermons, and orders of service.

Student notes

Series consists of a notebook relating to a course on New Testament criticism, which he was likely enrolled in at Knox College, Toronto.

Sermons

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s preaching at Crescent United Church (Surrey, BC), South Arm United Church (Richmond, BC), and University Hill Congregation (Vancouver, BC). Records include typescript sermons.

BC Conference photographs and other material

Series consists of records relating to Collins’ productions for the United Church in British Columbia. Includes slides and script for a BC Conference production, “Take Off Your Shoes,” which was shown as part of the 1974 ordination service. Also includes photographs of Vancouver area churches, taken during Collins’ production of “These Earthen Vessels” for Vancouver-Burrard Presbytery. Photographs of various churches and related buildings, and a recording of the dedication of Skidegate United Church, round out the content of the series.

Family correspondence and other materials

Series consists of records relating to Lydia Gruchy’s family correspondence throughout her life and after her death. Documents include education certificates and diplomas, photographs of the Gruchy family, news articles about Lydia Gruchy, the will of her father Charles Gruchy, family records, and letters of personal correspondence.

Frank and Marguerite Fidler photographs

Series consists of photographs relating to Frank Fidler’s trip from Manitoba to British Columbia, and work within BC Conference as Boys’ Work Secretary (1928-1932). Series also includes photographs relating to Fidler’s work at General Council as Secretary of the Christian Education Department.

Training materials

Series consists of records relating to Booth’s teaching in the pastoral setting, at Selkirk College, and in the field of broadcasting. Includes study plans, lecture notes, workshop notes, reports, instructions, diagrams, and reference material.

Lectures and addresses

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s public presentations in various settings, primarily about congregational ministry, to lay and clergy leaders of the wider church. Records include scripts and handwritten notes.

Publications and manuscripts

Series consists of records relating to publications such as books, essays and articles written both by and about Rev. Lydia Gruchy including the graduation thesis of Lydia Gruchy, multiple articles and biographies, interviews, and a school yearbook.

Conference and General Council leadership records

Series consists of records relating to Harrison’s work for The United Church of Canada as BC Conference President and as a member of General Council committees and task groups. Includes reports, correspondence, and speaking notes.

Personal correspondence and memorabilia

Series consists of records relating primarily to McCargar’s letters to her family while she was in China on furlough. Series also contains memorabilia relating to the Chinese United Church. Record types include correspondence, photographs of family, orders of service, speaking notes, greeting cards, journals, and booklets.

Boy Scout and Cub camp photographs

Series consists of records relating to Collins’ Boy Scout and Cub leadership. Includes slides of the Ryerson Scout Troop and Cub Pack camping expeditions at Camp Byng, Roberts Creek (1947-1951); Coquitlam Camporee (1948); Abbotsford trail rides at Spruce Lake in the Chilcotin (1959-1960); and the Haney Scout and Cub camps at Camp Byng and Manning Park, and trail rides in Bridge River country (1965-1973).

Bob Burrows research material and interviews

Series consists of records relating to Burrows’ research and writing of two books: Healing in the Wilderness (2004) and Hope Lives Here (2010), which tell the history of United Church hospitals and Vancouver’s First United Church, respectively. Series contains 5 subseries: Healing in the Wilderness research material (1962-2006); Healing in the Wilderness interview recordings (1982-2002); Healing in the Wilderness photographs (1934-2005); Hope Lives Here research material (1964-2010); and Hope Lives Here photographs (1913-2010).

Leadership-related records

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s leadership as Chair of the Land Claims Campaign, BC Conference, and in the matter of the partnership between University Hill Congregation and the Vancouver School of Theology. Records include correspondence, statistical analyses, meeting notes, copy of an agreement, and promotional materials.

United Church of Canada materials

Series consists of records relating to Booth’s work within the Division of Communications at the General Council Office in Toronto. Includes reports, strategic plans, shoot schedules, diagrams, historical descriptions, correspondence, and memoranda.

Reference materials

Series consists of records relating to the slides contained within the fonds, as well as slides that were not included in the donation. Includes typewritten notes, printouts of thumbnail photographs, and scanned images of slides.

Diaries and scrap books

Series consists of written and pictorial records relating to McCargar’s furlough year in China, and her travels in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Also consists of appointments and speaking notes.

Audio and video recordings

Series consists of videocassette and audiocassette records relating to interviews relating to Lydia Gruchy, her life and story as told in interviews and church broadcasts. These cassettes are copies, with original records held elsewhere.

Burrows family memorabilia

Series consists of records created by Joan Burrows relating to her work and interests in First United Church (Vancouver) and coastal communities.

Publications and manuscripts

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s written contributions to periodicals and books. Records include draft manuscripts and galley proofs.

Study notes

Series consists of records relating to McCargar’s attendance at lectures in the Canadian School of Missions and Emmanuel College in Toronto.

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