The United Church of Canada Pacific Mountain Regional Council Archives known as ‘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 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 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.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 public health orders, The Archives are closed to the public until further notice. We are working remotely and are able to respond by phone and email. Currently, access to the physical holdings is not possible.
Visiting The Archives
The Archives is open by appointment only. Please contact the archivist to arrange a research visit.
Search the Holdings
To search the PMRC Archive Holdings, visit MemoryBC for descriptions of all our collections. Our descriptions on MemoryBC 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.
Recent News from The Archives
A vision is a compelling thing. Have you ever heard someone’s idea of a different way of being, and you were so captivated by the vision that you wondered why it would be any other way? Of course you have!
If you’re old enough, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech may have been such a vision for you in 1963. Or, more recently, the call to get on board with the Leap Manifesto, to care for creation and work toward a fossil-free world. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth …”
April 12, 2016
Did you know? The United Church once operated a home and school in Victoria for Chinese and Japanese girls and women. Today, many are surprised to learn this.
Margery Hadley, a professional archivist and member of First Metropolitan United Church in Victoria, has recently completed a digitization project that makes the images of the Oriental Home and School available online. It opens to us a now distant world and its concomitant issues.
July 2, 2015
After a thorough search of BC Conference Archives for all records related to Indian Residential Schools, Blair Galston finished submitting all historic and present BC Conference residential school records to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission office in Winnipeg this May.
Blair Galston, May 11, 2015
Something really special happened at the Archives last month. I received an email from a family that is well-known in these parts—a family of one of the saints of our church: the Rev. Dr. Jack Shaver (1918–2001). They were wondering if the Archives would accept a donation of Jack’s records. Would we!
The Bob Stewart Archives of BC Conference has launched a YouTube channel featuring select digitized episodes of the former television program
“They say God always opens a window when fate closes a door and in the mid-70s the window turned out to be Community Cable Television.
Nobody thought it would go anywhere; but the indefatigable Lois Boyce was convinced otherwise. She started her (mainly anti-nuclear) cable show while the industry was in its absolute infancy – recruiting fellow students from a BCIT night school course to assist her with the modest production.”
“It was to evolve into Pressure Point, one of the longest-running, volunteer-operated, community television shows in Canadian television history. It ran weekly for 26 years, ceasing production only in 2001, and some of those original volunteers stayed with it almost to the end.
The Bob Stewart (Pacific Mountain Region) Archives are up and running at the new location, and we are once again able to host researchers and accept transfers of archival materials. Please make an appointment before visiting. This ensures we are available to serve you.
The Bob Stewart Archives
E-mail: Blair Galston
Tel: 604-431-0434, ext. 322
“Read More” to see a table of contents for the Archives section of the website.