St. Paul's United Church (Fredericton) fonds
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- St. Paul's United Church (Fredericton, N.B.)
2.9 m of textual records and 1 reel of microfilm
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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church of Fredericton, New Brunswick was incorporated in 1832 to serve the growing number of Presbyterians in the community. Construction of the building began about 1828 and was completed in 1830. In 1843, the Disruption in the Church of Scotland was felt among St. Paul's congregation when the Free Kirkers left the church, remaining separated until 1874. In 1886 a new church building was constructed on the corner of George and York streets to serve the enlarged congregation. During the debate over church union in the 1920s, most of the members of St. Paul's congregation voted to join the new United Church of Canada. Some members of St. Paul's, however, desired to remain within the Presbyterian Church and formed St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, building a new church on Charlotte Street.
Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of administrative and financial records of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (later St. Paul's United Church of Canada) and of its various groups and societies. It includes minutes of meetings of the Congregational, Trustee, Building Committee, Pulpit Selection Committee, and the Dr. J. Arthur Forbes Memorial Committee; Session records; Treasurers' books; pew rental books; contributions books; bank books; receipts; annual reports; membership books; and records relating to the election of Elders.
Also included are a combination of minutes, financial records, membership and other records of the Guild, the Ladies Aid Society, the Women's Auxiliary, the Sunday School, the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, the Cecilia Sutherland Missionary Society, the Men's Club, the Choir, the Canadian Girls in Training (C.G.I.T.), the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, and the Young People's Club.
Lastly, the fonds contains records of communions, baptisms, marriages, and burials; legal records; records pertaining to the church's 150th anniversary; and copies of printed music, yearbooks, and published material, including a brief history of St. Paul's Church for the years 1832-1932.
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Donated by St. Paul's United Church between 1985 and 1997.
Series have been arranged by function and chronologically, where possible.
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Microfilm reel no. F1136 contains records of baptisms, marriages, and burials (1833-1971).
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An inventory is available.
The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick also holds MC1544 Story of my life in the manse, St. Paul's Church, Fredericton, which contains the personal memoir of Emily Louise Rae Mowatt who grew up in the manse in the 1880s and 1890s.