Collection 149 - Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada Slide Collection

Indigenous Man Elkhorn Residential School Children in Class at Elkhorn Residential School Children in Class at Elkhorn Residential School Children in Class at Elkhorn Residential School Linen Closet at Elkhorn Residential School Laundry Room at Elkhorn Residential School Kitchen Matron and Workers at Elkhorn Residential School Bakery Matron and Workers at Elkhorn Residential School Dining Room Decorated for Christmas Celebrations at Elkhorn Residential School Girl Guides at Elkhorn Residential School Horse & Sleigh Christmas Tree Dispensary Cabinet at Elkhorn Residential School Four Children at Elkhorn Residential School Children in Winter Clothes at Elkhorn Residential School Two Children at Elkhorn Residential School Walking Schoolgirls at Elkhorn Residential School Dormitory at Elkhorn Residential School Tuberculosis Clinic at Elkhorn Residential School
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Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada Slide Collection

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48 photographs : glass lantern slides ; 8 x 8 cm
2 photographs : col. negatives

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(1902 - [196-])

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The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) was created in September 1902 by the General Synod. The MSCC formed by combining the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the Canadian Church Missionary Society, and the Woman’s Auxiliary. Its aim was to include all members of the Church into domestic and foreign missions. Internationally, it sponsored missions in Japan, China, India, Palestine, and Egypt. In Canada, the MSCC participated in assisting missionary dioceses, the Columbia Coast Mission, Church Camp Missions, Jewish Missions, Japanese Missions, Immigration chaplaincies, and Residential Schools, as well as working with First Nations and Inuit and with immigrants and settlers. The MSCC ceased operations in the late 1960s, although its Board of Management still produces financial statements related with ongoing MSCC legacies and trusts.

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Collection was in the possession of Dr. W. A. Geoffrey Voss and Mrs. Carole Jane Voss until 2019, when they donated it to the Museum of Anthropology Archives

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Collection consists of 48 glass lantern slides (29 of them tinted) and 2 negatives. The lantern slides include images related to four Residential Schools: Elkhorn (Manitoba), St. Michael’s (British Columbia), Shingwauk (Ontario), and Choutla (Yukon).

Collection includes images of the schools, classrooms, and different areas of the buildings (dining room, kitchen, etc.); the staff, students, and families engaged in different activities; and surroundings of the schools (cemeteries, churches, villages, etc.). Collection also includes images of landscapes and two images unidentified villages.

Collection might be similar to the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada fonds, at the Anglican Church of Canada Diocese of Rupert's Land, Manitoba.

Lantern slides shows were used during the 1920s and 1930s by the Church of England in Canada to promote the work of their missionaries and to raise funds. The slide shows took place during missionaries’ services, church services, Sunday school groups, and special church programs. Usually, the slide shows were complemented with a text with basic commentary on the mission and content of the slides.

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Described by Clara Gimenez-Delgado in 2019

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