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Mothers' Union archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 013
  • Archief
  • 1979-1995

The Mothers' Union archives consist of meeting agendas and minutes, reports, financial records, programmes and booklets, newsletters, other textual records, photographs, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and an unidentified audiocassette. The activities and events documented in the archives include: hosting pancake breakfasts on the first day of Sunday School in early September; baking simnel cakes (a form of fruitcake) as part of Mothering Sunday; participating in the annual Christmas pageant; stitching needlepoint covers for church kneelers; organizing “Winter Games” events (evening gatherings of parishioners and others to play card games and board games in the church hall in winter); holdings prayer sessions and meetings for members; providing support for refugees and newcomers to the Island; creating a “link letters” activity comparable to “pen pals”; and holding regular meetings. A major project for the Prince Edward Island chapter documented in the archives is the creation of a Mothers’ Union banner, which was unveiled on 24 May 1992.

Information provided by St. Peter's Cathedral Church parishioner Catherine Edwards in February 2020 suggests that Donalda Winter and Eileen Paton were responsible for bringing the Mothers' Union to St. Peter's Cathedral.

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Diocese of Nova Scotia Provincial Synod Records

  • CA PEI SPCA 012
  • Archief
  • 1936-1995

The six files contain documentation as described below:

File 1: Diocesan Council for Social Service, 1936-1941: Official file of documents related to social service activities, with categories as identified in a cover page as: child welfare, constitution, credit unions, housing, insanity, jails, library, mother’s allowances, relief work, unemployment insurance, and Victorian Order. Includes brochures, pamphlets, correspondence, acts and bylaws, and reports. Includes a report of the Halifax Citizens Housing Committee and A. G. Dalzell on housing issues in Halifax (n.d.); reports on jails in Nova Scotia, referencing the Anglican Social Service Commission in P. E. Island (ca. 1933, 1936); memos on liquor laws (ca. 1939); a report on public health (ca. 1936); reports on nursing services in Prince Edward Island (ca. 1936); and Bulletins of the Council for Social Service, Church of England in Canada (ca. 1937-1941).

File 2: Provincial Synod Correspondence and Documents, 1995-1967, N.D.: Various documents, including correspondence, reports, minutes, and printed papers, related to a range of synod issues, including use of the Book of Common Prayer, changes to Canon Law, and various matters of synod business. The file seems to have been created and used primarily by H. L. Palmer, who is identified in correspondence as Judge of the Probate Court in Prince Edward Island and Chancellor of the Diocese of Nova Scotia between the 1950s and 1970s. Details of his positions and tenure are not confirmed.

File 3: Diocese of Nova Scotia Correspondence and Documents, 1961-1972: Various documents, including correspondence, reports, minutes, and printed papers, related to a range of diocesan issues, including acts and bylaws, and revisions to constitutions and canon laws and parish bylaws. Also includes correspondence between Harold L. Palmer and Bishop George Arnold about the Canon Allan P. Shatford Memorial Fund, from the 1970s. The file seems to have been created and used primarily by H. L. Palmer, who is identified in correspondence as Judge of the Probate Court in Prince Edward Island and Chancellor of the Diocese of Nova Scotia between the 1950s and 1970s. Details of his positions and tenure are not confirmed.

File 4: "The Clergy and Staff of the Diocese of Nova Scotia 1989": Printed and bound directory of clergy and staff, 8 double-sided pages, including photographs of clergy and staff and names and addresses.

File 5: Diocese of Nova Scotia and Provincial Synod Documents, 1994-1995: Various documents related to diocesan issues, such as stipend scales, and Synod NEWSlink reports circulated via email from the mid 1990s.

File 6: The Diocesan Times newsletter, December 1946, vol. 1, no. 12, 39 pp., published in Truro, Nova Scotia. Addressed to Mr. H. H. Simpson, 12 Water Street.

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Atlantic Theological Conference Archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 011
  • Archief
  • 1983, 1984, 1993-2000, 2019, 2023

According to source information provided by St. Peter's Cathedral Church, the Atlantic Theological Conference was established in order to bring together people from all walks of life to hear papers and participate in discussions on issues of enduring theological importance. The Atlantic Theological Conference has no official church sponsorship and is funded through registration fees and individual donations. A grant from the Segelberg Trust ( has provided additional support for the conference for several years.

The Atlantic Theological Conference Archives consist of correspondence, programmes, registration lists, reports, and published proceedings for annual conferences, often held at St. Peter's Cathedral Church. A total of 10 files hold conference records, as follows:

File 1: 1983, 0.5 cm, programme, report
File 2: 1993, 1 cm, programme, registration list, and proceedings
File 3: 1994, 2 cm, programme, registration list, correspondence, and proceedings
File 4: 1995, 1.5 cm, programme, attendance list, proceedings, and registrar's report
File 5: 1996, 1 cm, programme, correspondence, and proceedings
File 6: 1997, 1 cm, programme, registration form, attendance list, and proceedings
File 7: 1998, 1 cm, programme, registration form, registration list, and proceedings
File 8: 1999, 1 cm, programme and proceedings
File 9: 2000, 0.25 cm, registration form
File 10: 2019, 0.25 cm, programme
File 11: 2023, 0.25 cm, leaflet and poster
File 12: 1984, 0.25 cm, leaflet and poster

Diocesan Church Society Archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 010
  • Archief
  • 1886-2017, N.D.

The Diocesan Church Society archives consist of annual reports, minutes, correspondence, secretaries files, and other business records related to the work of the society from the late 1800s to the first decade of the 21st century. Annual reports for the society are available from 1886 to 1888, with the following gaps: 1887, 1912, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1980, 1985. The only annual reports for subsequent years are one copy for 1998, one copy for 2007, and one copy for 2017.

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Binney Group archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 009
  • Archief
  • 1971-2017

The Binney Group archives consist of official records of the activities of the Binney Group, including bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, financial reports, notebooks and planning records, service leaflets and programmes, correspondence, and photographs. Included among the archives are records documenting the work of the Binney Group to carry out or provide support for bake sales, fudge sales, pantry sales, card parties, men's breakfasts, bazaars, annual dinners, Anglican Church Women activities, Diocesan Church Society activities, Christian Council activities, and fashion shows, including the Froggies Fashion Show in 2002 and the Women of the Bible Fashion Shows from 1999-2001. The archives also depict Christmas and Easter parties and other social events organized by or involving members of the Binney Group. Key members of the Binney Group whose names appear throughout the archives include Peggy Holland, Marjorie Vessey, Betty Acorn, Ann Francis, and Norma Simpson.

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Rural Deanery minutes

  • CA PEI SPCA 008
  • Archief
  • 1914-1948, 1957-1968

The archives consist of two minute books: one titled “Minute Book, Rural Deanery, 1914-48,”dating from 24 June 1914 to 22 June 1948, and one titled “Deanery Chapter Meetings 1957-68,” dating from 14-15 January 1957 to 20 February 1968.

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Women's Auxiliary and Anglican Church Women archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 007
  • Archief
  • 1900-2023

The archives includes the official records of the Women's Auxiliary and the Anglican Church Women, along with records related to the Guild of St. Mary the Virgin of St. Peter's Cathedral and the Women's Guild. Also included is documentation related to the Girls' Auxiliary, Junior Women's Auxiliary, and Afternoon Branch. The records include: historical information, constitution and bylaws, handbooks and guidebooks, minutes and agendas, attendance registers and membership records, annual reports, correspondence, meeting programmes, financial account books, receipts, and expenditure records.

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Walter Aidan Cotton archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 006
  • Archief
  • [1940?-1958]

The archives consist of handwritten and typed manuscripts of various writings by Walter Aidan Cotton, along with correspondence about his manuscripts, his last will and testament, and his wishes for the management of his publications and writings. The titles represented in the archives include: Faith in Christ and the Belief in Miracles; The Priesthood and the Resurrection; The Sap of the Vine; and The Sublimation of Life in God's Sacramental Universe.

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Peter Westin manuscripts

  • CA PEI SPCA 005
  • Archief
  • [1984-1994]

The archives consist of draft manuscripts of books and chapters written by Peter Westin about the history of St. Peter's Cathedral. The documents include manuscripts of: "The Prayers of the People: The Canon Malone Years, 1921-1952"; "The Outbreak of War" (identified as Chapter XI of a manuscript); "A Footsoldier for Christ: The Canon Westin Years"; and "Anglicanism in Transition: The Cathedral Years: 1974-1990".

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Edward Jarvis Hodgson archives

  • CA PEI SPCA 004
  • Archief
  • 1867-1947, [2000]

The archives consist of both personal and business records created or accumulated by Edward Jarvis Hodgson, including records related to the administration of St. Peter's Cathedral Church. A large portion of the archives relate to the operations of the Hodgson Trust, which was established after E.J. Hodgson's death, along with record of other trust accounts established during Hodgson's lifetime or after his death.

The file list provides details of the contents of the archives. Some of the names mentioned in the records, as shown in the file list, include the following: Thomas Handrahan, Matilda Peake, George Peake, Ralph Peake, Charles Wright, Charles Leigh (and wife), Edward Thomas Caswell, Margaret Brenan, Margaret Matilda Jane Hodgson (nee Brecken, Edward Hodgson's widow), Helen Brecken (and the Helen Brecken Memorial Trust.)

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