Fonds PR3997 - Anglican Diocese of MacKenzie River fonds

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Anglican Diocese of MacKenzie River fonds

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    • 1858-1966 (Creation)

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    ca. 1.70 m of textual records

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    Administrative history

    The Anglican Diocese of MacKenzie River existed from 1884 until 1950, and what was once its territory is currently split between the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Rupert's Land (founded 1875) and British Columbia and Yukon (founded 1914). The portion that later joined the Diocese of the Arctic is currently within the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land, while the portion that is now in the Diocese of Yukon is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.

    The diocese of MacKenzie River was created in 1884 when the Diocese of Athabasca was split into two dioceses, and it was later subdivided in 1891 to create the Diocese of Selkirk (later renamed Yukon). In 1933, the southern portion of the Diocese of Mackenzie River reverted to the Diocese of Athabasca. In 1950 it was incorporated into the Diocese of the Arctic.

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    The records have been in the control of various Anglican administrations since coming to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1971, and the records remain in the control of the Anglican General Synod Archives.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of records relating to the canonical and the civil administration and operation of the Anglican Church, Diocese of McKenzie River. The fonds includes baptismal records, marriage and burial registers, accounts of the diocese and various parishes, meeting minutes, diaries of missionaries, photos, correspondence between missions, histories, biographies and maps.

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    There is much overlap between the records of the dioceses of MacKenzie River and Athabasca, though efforts have been made to differentiate between them in arranging the records. In addition, although Fort Chipewyan lies well within the Diocese of Athabasca, it served as the administrative centre of the Diocese of Mackenzie River from 1913 to 1933. In order to preserve the continuity of a relatively small group of papers, the Fort Chipewyan Mission records and most of the relevant diocesan papers have been treated as though they were constantly under the jurisdiction of the Bishops of Athabasca.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: Some records are restricted. These include baptismal, confirmation, and marriage files up to 100 years old; personal records up to 75 years old; and burial records up to 20 years old. Please see reference archivist regarding access to these records.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        File list is available.

        Associated materials

        Related records can be found in the Diocese of the Arctic fonds held in the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Archives, Toronto, ON.


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