Fonds PR3018 - Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute fonds

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Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute fonds

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    • [ca. 1926] - 1945 (Creation)

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    0.07 m of textual records -- 4 photographs

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    Administrative history

    William Aberhart began a bible study group in Calgary in 1918. As membership in the group grew they rented and held meetings in the Palace Theatre in Calgary. In 1925, William Aberhart began broadcasting Sunday afternoon lectures that he delivered to the group over the radio on a program called "Back to the Bible Hour". The lectures drew listeners from across the Canadian prairies and the adjacent U.S. states.

    In 1927, the group established themselves as the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute and installed themselves in a new building, with William Aberhart serving as the first Dean. The Institute served as a centre of worship and biblical studies and also continued to produce Aberhart's radio broadcasts. In 1948, a member, Cyril Hutchinson, left the Institute and most of the students followed him to found the Berean Bible College (later Foothills Christian College).

    By 1951, the Institute had closed.

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    The fonds consists of materials documenting the activities of the Alberta Prophetic Bible Institute circa 1926 to 1945 and includes: bulletins; pamphlets; lectures; bylaws; platforms; brochures and pamphlets related to Social Credit theory; and photographs of Ernest Manning speaking at the Institute.

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    In 1969, T.R. McCloy, Librarian of the Glenbow Museum and Archives, donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The provenance of the material prior to donation is unknown.


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        The material is in English.

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

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        Associated materials

        Please see the William Aberhart fonds and the Alberta Social Credit Party fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

        Please see the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute fonds at the Glenbow Museum and Archives and the William Aberhart fonds at the University of Calgary Archives.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute fonds description at the Glenbow Museum and Archives and the William Aberhart fonds description at the University of Calgary Archives.

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        Includes accession PR1969.0230.

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