Extent of Material:
20 m of textual records.
4000 graphic images.
50 audio-visual materials.
Administrative History:

The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) was formed in September 1902 by the General Synod.  The Society was created for the general missionary work of the Church and aimed to bring all members of the Church into the field of action by making them members of the Society.  The work of the Society was under the charge of the Board of Missions, consisting of all members of the General Synod.  The executive work of the Board of Missions was done by the Board of Management composed of the Bishops, two clergy and two laymen elected by each diocese.  Administratively, the MSCC was run by a General Secretary who guided the Field Secretary and various committees in their work.  Its last General Secretary resigned in 1969. The MSCC Board of Management still exists under Canon VII, convenes during General Synod, and produces financial statements because of ongoing MSCC legacies and trusts.

The work of the MSCC consisted of domestic and foreign missions.  In Canada the work included assisting missionary dioceses, Indian and Eskimo work, Columbia Coast Mission, Church Camp Missions, Jewish Missions, Japanese Missions, Immigration chaplaincies, white settlers missions, and Indian Residential Schools.  Foreign missions included church, medical, and education work in Japan, China, India, Palestine (Jerusalem), and Egypt.

The forerunners of the MSCC were the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (1883-1902) and the Canadian Church Missionary Society (1894-1903), both of whom were already  supporting domestic and foreign missionaries. By the side of the DFMS stood the Woman’s Auxiliary (1885-1966), organized in 1885 for the purpose of enlisting the women in the missionary effort of the Church.  When the MSCC was formed it became the Woman’s Auxiliary to the MSCC.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of constitution, minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, legal records, printed materials, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

Fonds organized into the following series:

  • Series 1. Board of Management and Executive Committee, 1884-1969;
  • Series 2. Committees, 1900-1968;
    • Series 2:1 Deputation Committee, 1903-1906
    • Series 2:2 Foreign Missions Committee, 1903-1904
    • Series 2:3 Sunday School Committee, 1903-1905
    • Series 2:4 Consultative Committee, 1912-1951
    • Series 2:5 Candidates Committee, 1913-1965
    • Series 2:6 Committee on Overseas Missions, 1942-1955
    • Series 2:7 Committee on Canadian Missions, 1944-1957
    • Series 2:8 Policy Committee, 1944-1966
    • Series 2:9 Committee on Missionary Strategy, 1955, 1959
    • Series 2:10 Missions to Seamen, 1957-1966
    • Series 2:11 Family Lenten Offering Committee (ACTO), 1958-1963
    • Series 2:12 Joint MSCC & CSS Committee on Indian and Eskimo Affairs, 1959-1962
    • Series 2:13 Finance Committee, 1941-1966
    • Series 2:14 Special Indian Committee, 1900-1910
    • Series 2:15 Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools Commission and Indian Schools administration, 1906-1968
  • Series 3. General Secretary’s records, 1897-1975;
  • Series 4. Field Secretary’s records, 1940-1959;
  • Series 5. Financial records, 1877-2011;
  • Series 6. Overseas Personnel, 1907-1941;
  • Series 7. Publications Department, 1943-1960;
  • Series 8. Publications – Official Records, 1901-1958;
  • Series 9. Publications, 1904-1975;
  • Series 10. Photograph and Audio-Visual collections.
Restrictions to Access:
Residential School staff records are closed.
Minutes of the Executive Committee for MSCC, 1902-1964 available on microfilm Mf 66-3.
Finding Aids:
Finding aid available.
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.
Corporate Names:
Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada
Accession numbers:
GS75-103; GS99-05; GS2004 17; GS2004 74; GS2004-75; GS2014-24, P75-103; P7538

Please contact the Archives for more information on this record.