United Church of Canada Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives

Visiting The Archives

The United Church of Canada Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives known as ‘The Archives’ is open by appointment only. Please contact the archivist to arrange a research visit.

PMRC Archivist

Regional Archivist:
Blair Galston
Email: bgalston@united-church.ca

Call toll free in BC 1-800-934-0434
or +1-604-431-0434. Ext. 6358

Street/Mailing Address:
312 Main Street, Suite 320
Vancouver BC, V6A 2T2

Search the Holdings

To search the Archives' holdings, visit the United Church Archives online catalogue for descriptions of all our collections. Our descriptions include file lists that give detailed contents. Please note: Unlike larger organizations, we are not able to provide digital copies of documents on our site.

The Central United Church Archives in Toronto give researchers easy access to information on other United Church archives across Canada.

The Archives holds records of the:

  • founding denominations of The United Church of Canada within B.C., up to 1925
  • Indigenous Church
  • Pacific Mountain Regional Council (formerly BC Conference) of The United Church of Canada.

The Holdings include records created by local communities of faith such as registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; historic membership rolls and communion rolls; minutes of church boards, committees, and organizations (including women’s groups); printed annual reports of local congregations; congregational newsletters; local church histories; correspondence; and photographs.

The Holdings date from 1859 to present (1895-2010 predominant), and approximately 500 communities of faith, including closed congregations, have deposited original records in The Archives!

The Archives on YouTube

Click the image below, or jump over to The Archives YouTube Channel.

Recent News from The Archives

Digital Collections of Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian Communities

By Tressa | May 1, 2024

Digital Collections of Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian Communities The United Church Archives invites you to explore our holdings relating to Chinese Canadian and Japanese […]

Asian Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month

By Tressa | May 23, 2023

Profile of Rev. Kyuichi Nomoto In the midst of the Great Depression, at a time when very few Asian Canadians were admitted to study at […]

International Women’s Day at the Archives

By Alexandra Barr | March 8, 2023

Ah May Chung, later known as Dr. Victoria Chung (or Cheung) was the first Asian Canadian to earn a medical degree in Canada. She also […]

Reflections on the National Gathering on Missing Children and Unmarked Graves

By Alexandra Barr | February 1, 2023

From January 16 – 18, 2023, the third National Gathering on Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites took place in Vancouver.  Delegates called […]

Smudging ceremony to begin the Archives’ multi-phase digitization project

By Alexandra Barr | December 9, 2022

November 8th was a very special day at the Regional Archives. Musqueam Elder Shane Pointe led a smudging ceremony to help our Archives begin a […]

Asian Heritage Month – Celebrating Firsts

By Tressa | May 25, 2022

The Fong family is well-known in the early history of Chinese-Canadian communities in B.C. Rev. Fong Dickman arrived in Vancouver from Nanaimo, to minister to […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

By Tressa | March 7, 2022

To mark International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2022, The Archives is honouring those women who had the fortitude and courage to pave the way for […]

Sometimes Christmas

By Tressa | December 6, 2021

Enjoy this seasonal concert from Linnea Good, 1994, found on our Archives YouTube channel! Blair Galston PMRC Archivist

Asian Heritage Month ~ the late Rev. Dr. Vasant Saklikar

By Tressa | May 16, 2021

In honour of Asian Heritage Month, Regional Archives Committee member Renée Sarojini Saklikar sends us this excerpt about her father, the late Rev. Dr. Vasant […]

A photo from above showing people lined up at church kitchen serving counter. There is a large koi fish painting on the wall above the counter, and beside it a menu of many Japanese food offerings and prices. There is a digital camera date stamp in the lower right corner that reads 4 8 '95

Asian Heritage Month ~ Cherry Blossom Bazaar

By Tressa | May 10, 2021

For our second installment, the Regional Archives brings us to the annual Cherry Blossom Bazaar — a decades-old tradition of the Vancouver Japanese United Church. Lots […]

Very old sepia tone photo of an Asian man wearing a suit and holding a baby on his lap. The baby is dressed in a long white dress and wearing a white bonnet. There is a woman standing beside him with her wrist resting on his shoulder. She is wearing a ladies suit of the era, with a skirt and a small black hat. In from of her is a toddler sitting on a chair, wearing a white tunic and small black cap. There is a plant in the background, a globe on a stand, and what looks to be a vase.

Asian Heritage Month ~ Photographer Yucho Chow

By Tressa | May 1, 2021

As May begins, the Regional Archives will be helping us celebrate and promote Asian Heritage Month by featuring a vignette from our history.  For this first […]

Vancouver Japanese United Church Archives Website is Live

By Tressa | May 26, 2020

“Because of the federal government’s policy of dispersal following the war, so many British Colombians of Japanese descent were scattered throughout the rest of Canada. One of the aims of the Vancouver Japanese United Church Archive website is to reach out to Canadians whose roots trace back to the Vancouver congregation; we want to encourage viewers to learn about their past, help identify people in the images and share stories.”

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