Canadian Church Union fonds. — 1886-1892.
5 cm of textual records.

Administrative History:

In 1886, Charles Jenkins, a businessman and lay delegate to the Synod of Huron, moved a successful resolution calling the Provincial Synod to take immediate action to unite Anglicans in one national organization.  A committee was formed to investigate the extension of the existing Provincial Synod’s powers in legislating for the Canadian Church as a whole.  In 1887, Jenkins, with the help of other laymen founded the “Association for Canadian Church Union”.  Based in London, Ont., the organization had local branches in every diocese in order to promote the cause of “Consolidation”.  In 1887, the Rupert’s Land Provincial Synod concurred with the principle of consolidation and appointed a committee to prepare for a future conference in Winnipeg that lead to the formation of General Synod and the Church of England in Canada.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of bound correspondence (approx. 200 letters) of Charles Jenkins and W.J. Imlach, secretary of the Canadian Church Union, with Canadian diocesan authorities concerning the subject of consolidation of the Canadian Church of Canada.

Notes:

Title based on contents of fonds.

Some letters attached with steel pins.

Binding fragile.

Some letters written in pencil are fading and illegible.

Finding Aids:Finding aid available.

Related fonds:

Other records relating to the Canadian Church Union can be found in the Charles Jenkins fonds: M55-2.

Records relating to the Canadian Church consolidation can be found in GS75-01

General Notes:

See also the entries in the classified catalogue under this heading and under the heading “Consolidation”.

Repository:

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.

Personal Names:

Imlach, J.W.

Jenkins, Charles, 1839-1920.

Corporate Names:

Association for Canadian Church Union.