Mother’s Union fonds. — 1876-2008.

2.66 m of textual records, graphic material, and sound recordings.

Administrative History:

Mary Sumner began the Mothers’ Union in England in 1876. As a clergy wife, she recognized the need for mothers to support one another in raising their children for God. Mary Sumner was the first Central President (International) of Mothers’ Union. The Canadian Mothers’ Union was established in London, Ontario in 1888. The first Canadian or National Council was formed in Winnipeg in 1919.

The first Dominion Council (now known as The Canadian Council) was formed in Winnipeg in 1928 with Mrs. S. P. Matheson as the first president. Mothers’ Union continued to spread during the following decades. Many Mothers’ Union members also belonged to the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (W.A.) Both societies with their different aims complimented each other and enriched the life of the church.

The Canadian Mothers’ Union is a Christian organization which promotes the well-being of families worldwide. They achieve this by: developing prayer and spiritual growth in families; studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and its place in society;  resourcing its members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.  Mothers’ Union continues to unite Christians of all ages across the world. Through prayer, campaigning and volunteering, members strengthen marriage and family life and bring about positive changes in their communities.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of minutes, newsletters, financial records, conference materials, scrapbooks, printed materials, graphic materials, and sound recordings from Canada, England, and other countries where Mother’s Union activites take place.


Related fonds:

Woman’s Auxiliary fonds


Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.