St. Peter's Cathedral Archives houses and makes available the Cathedral official archives, along with archival materials related to the church community in Charlottetown and across Prince Edward Island.
The archives of St. Peter's rectors and related clergy is an artificially organized series of records found during the processing of the backlog of church archives and brought together by the name of the clergy in question, based on provenance. The documents include personal correspondence, service-related materials, confirmation notes, programmes for installation services, newspaper clippings, reports, and other records. The clergy represented in these archives are: Canon Gerald E. Moffatt; Archdeacon J. R. Davies; Archdeacon George Stavert Tanton; Canon H. M. D. Westin; Father Peter Harris; Father David Garrett; Father David Harris; Father Jacques Smith; and Canon Robert Tuck. Also in the archives is documentation related to the enthronement of George F. Arnold as Bishop.
Charity returns records are submitted by the church to the Canada Revenue Agency annually, in compliance with the Income Tax Act, in order to verify the church's status as a charitable agency. Final documents are retained by the church as archival evidence. The charity returns files are as follows: (1) 1995 (0.25 cm) (2) 1999-2004 (2 cm) (3) 2005-2010 (1 cm) (4) 2011-2014 (1 cm)
Parochial returns records are submitted by the church to the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, in order to support financial allocations across the diocese. The parochial return form provides financial disclosure re: all sources of income generated by every organization within the church, including interest earned by, and donations made to all funds or accounts maintained by the parochial corporation, including memorial accounts. Final documents are retained by the church as archival evidence. The parochial returns files are as follows: (1) 1998 (0.25 cm) (2) 1999-2005 (2 cm) (3) 2006-2010 (1 cm) (4) 2011-2014 (1 cm)
The series of records related to the management of St. Peter's cemetery and to research about the cemetery include original 19th-century documents about cemetery management, including: a petition to consecrate the cemetery, 1871; a letter from William Welsh to Rev. George Wright Hodgson re the mortgage for church land, 1871; a conveyance between William H. Lord (and wife Susannah Lord) to Rev. G. W. Hodgson for church land, 1871; confirmation of the consecration of cemetery land, 1871; and rules for St. Peter's Graveyard, 1890. Also in the series are correspondence, notes, and financial statements about the cemetery from 1895 to 1957, from 1962 to 2007, and from 2010-2012. Also included is research documentation compiled by archives volunteer Mike Smitherman from 2011, including copies of records from the Provincial Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island.
The archives of the Choir of St. Peter's includes: correspondence and leaflets, hymns and music, attendance books, cookbooks and fundraising materials, newspaper clippings, and photo albums. Included in the choir archives are records related to William Edgar Enman, publisher of "One Hundred Hymns and Sacred Lyrics (ca. 1945), who was apparently an active layman of St. Peter’s Cathedral. Also in the choir archives is a letter to Earnest E. Earle on his departure from St. Peter's choir in 1898.
Associated materials include recordings of choral performances, brought together in Collection SPCA 019. These audiovisual recordings are described separately and will be digitized as resources allow.
The photographs show the St. Peter's Men's Group cleaning brass in advance of Christmas services. The parishioners involved were Donalda and Karl Winter, MIchael and Eric Edward, Paul Taweel, Charles Williams and Ivan MacKenzie. Photos A, B, and C have been scanned. Photo A: Donalda and Karl Winter Photo B: MIchael Edward, Paul Taweel Photo C: Ivan Mackenzie
The archives consist of three bound registers of student marks, along with and biographical information about students from 1872 to 1907, with a pasted in list of the "Old Boys" of the school, added in 1928. Also in the archives are documents related to the original grant to provide support for a boys' school from 1872; correspondence with Miss Rosa DeBrisay about teaching at a girls' school in 1885; and financial records, land conveyances, correspondence, newspaper clippings, from 1872 to 1898. An essay by Ann Nichols on the history of St. Peter's Day School, prepared for a "Prof. Black, History 452" in 1994 is also in the files.
The 31 files in this series relate to a wide variety of topics. A file list has been prepared and file titles, dates, and descriptive information have been pasted into this description to help with research.
Sexton’s Duties, N.D., 1967
St. Peter’s Altar Guild and Sidesman, N.D.
Order of Procession, [1970?-1980?]
Confirmation blank documents and leaflets, N.D.
Baptism blank documents and leaflets, N.D.
First Communion blank documents and leaflets, N.D.
Requiem Mass and Office for the Dead, 1888, N.D. [2000?], Priest incumbent copies
Music for Marriage Ceremonies , N.D., One sheet of paper, taken from the sacristy vault on 19 February 2019
Wedding Guidelines, N.D.
St. Peter’s Cathedral Men’s Association, 10 November 1948, one document: circular communication updating membership news
Boy Scouts Association Charter, leaflet, and registration forms (copies), 1948, [2010?], Original accession number 090978-86 Original 1948 charter and leaflet showing the Boy Scout Law No. 9, also photocopies of 1948 boy scout registrations; the copies appear to have been made by Mike Smitherman for St. Peter’s Archives ca. 2010
Anglican Youth Centre Crapaud PEI Description of Lands Conveyed…, 3 November 1947, Original accession number 090978-86 Providing a description of lands conveyed to the Diocesan Church Society by St. John’s Church Corporation at Crapaud
St. Peter’s Anglican Young People’s Association , [1947-1950?], miscellaneous documents
“Anglican Action”, 1953, Original accession 090978-86, Documents related to a group of clergy in Toronto interested in retaining and promoting church principles as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer, in light of proposals for revisions
The Keys Parish Leaflet, 1971, 1981, Newsletter published by St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s Cathedral Publicity, including Christian Communications, 1975-1983, Various documents and printed papers related to communications and outreach for the church
St. Peter’s Cathedral Refugee Sponsorship Group, 1979, Documents related to sponsoring refugees, including PHOTO 427 AND PHOTO 428 showing refugees from Vietnam, identified as [Tan?] Sam, Bun Lai, Kim Nghi, My Nghi, and [Honey?]
St. Peter’s Heritage Designation Documents, 1979-2010, Notes and documents related to heritage designation status
Friends of St. Peter’s Documents, 1979-1991, Various documents and correspondence related to the creation, operations, and tax and charitable status of the Friends of St. Peter’s
Murder in the Cathedral , 1983, Poster and programme for the Murder in the Cathedral production June 27, and June 28, 1983
Pictorial Church Directory, 2001, Documents, correspondence, samples, promotional materials
Pictorial Church Directory, 2012, Correspondence, notes, financial information, and final copy of directory
Fundraising brochures, 1951-1955, Brochures from other churches and church organizations about fundraising activities 5.Fundraising general, 1976-1979, Correspondence and leaflets about fundraising around the Diocese of Nova Scotia and the Anglican Church
St. Peter’s Building in Faith Fundraising and Loans, 2000-2001, Correspondence, financial records, reports, and loan applications for the Church’s fundraising programme in 2000
Sketch of St. Peter’s , 1999, One original sketch of the interior of St. Peter’s by Josh [last name not legible]
Cathedral Bylaws, Anglican Church Act, and miscellaneous documents, 1947-2002, Includes: excerpt of Church of England Act, 1947; amendment of bylaw no 3, 1951 (original and copy); Anglican Church Act, 14 April 1972 (2 copies unpublished and 1 copy published); comments on Canon 35, N.D. [ca. 1980]; and Act to Amend the Anglican Church Act (PEI), 2002 (copy)
Diocese of Prince Edward Island, 1974-1989, Miscellaneous documents and communications related to the proposal to create a separate Diocese of Prince Edward island; further organization and appraisal needed
Diocese of Prince Edward Island Vote, 1987, Documents and correspondence related to the vote on whether to establish a separate Diocese of Prince Edward Island
Discussion Paper on Role of the Cathedral, 1994, Prepared by the Task Force on the Role of Dean and Chapter
Receipt for Plan re: “Marriage Settlement of Fanny [?] Leigh”, 1 document
H. W. Cunningham [Examination Paper, Church History], Exam paper, apparently produced by Henry Ward Cunningham. Apparently this exam was used for college courses, there is some link to St. George’s Anglican Church in Halifax, not clarified.
Land Transfer Patrick McMurrer to Caroline Condon, 1 document re: 50 acres of land in Queens County. Original accession 050827.
Letter from Ruth [?] to Mrs. L. W. Watson, One letter, envelope, and newspaper clipping, found inside the Cathedral Register 1878-1888 between pages 199-200 on 18 February 2019.
Letter Audrey [?] to “Aunt Gertie”, 1 2-page letter, 2 photocopied pictures. The letter refers to four “snaps.”
The Late Primate the Most Reverend George Frederick Kingston, Newspaper reports, editorials, clippings, and a photo – 15 pp in binder, referring to Kingston’s career. He was born 1889 and died 1950.
Miscellaneous correspondence, Several pieces of correspondence found among the archives’ backlog, as follows: From [Telks?] to A. E. Breedon [?] re: donation to Sunday School by Post and Radio, 24 December 1960; From Arthur Peake to Diocesan Times re: ordination of women, 27 December 1982; From Lilian Mayer to Hazel [Breedon?], 21 January 1979, with general conversation; From Don Smith to Hazel [Breedon?], N.D., with general conversation; From Alice Anderson to Rector of Christ Church, re William Basil King, 23 February 2011, related to the 27 January 1961 letter by Penelope King Orcutt to T. Edgar MacNutt re: Basil King, 16 January 1961
T. E. MacNutt memo on town lot boundaries, 1 document, hand drawn notes and sketch of boundaries around church property
Michael Ness documents, 3 items related to Michael Ness (born 1911): copy of birth certificate produced in 1965, 2 immigration identification cards for Michael Ness (1926) and Antonia Ness (1939), one receipt from H&R Block for tax return, 1987.
Frau Adele Paromenski / Olga Kieczkowska Donations Book, One coil bound book, envelope, biography of Olga Kieczkowska, and receipt, related to monies sent to Olga Kieczkowska for personal needs.
Nakaad Taweel Extract of Will, One document with original signatures, and an enveloped addressed to St. Peter’s Cathedral, advising that “you are an interested party in the said estate”.
Loran Fevens biographical article, 4 page article published in Apprise: Central Pennsylvania’s Regional Magazine, vol. 11, no. 3, September 1991, about Loran Fevens.
Reverend Gary W. A. Thorne, St. George’s, Halifax, Sermon, 7 page photocopy of a sermon delivered by Reverend Thorne. Apparently received from Peggy Williams; details unknown.
St. Peter’s Cathedral Church Annual Reports – summary extracts, Photocopy of handwritten summaries of annual reports, apparently produced by Pete Paton sometime during his work as an Archives volunteer. Details unknown.
Churches in Prince Edward Island Inventory, 2 sheets providing an inventory of churches on Prince Edward Island with dates of construction, consecration, etc., and names of first and present rectors. The document shows Canon Moffatt as the incumbent, which places the date as between 1952 and 1958.