About the Archives
The Pacific Mountain Region encompasses the province of British Columbia, excluding the Northeastern parts (Peace River District), which comes under the jurisdiction of Northern Spirit Region (Alberta).
The Bob Stewart Archives holds records of:
- The founding denominations of The United Church of Canada (Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational, and union churches) within B.C. up to 1925
- The Indigenous church
- The United Church of Canada within the Region (formerly known as BC Conference) from 1925 on.
Communities of faith at Whitehorse and Banff store their archives at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Holdings include records created by local congregations 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 Archives acquires:
- Records created by the Regional Council, communities of faith, and all other United Church organizations within the Region, including the former BC Conference and presbyteries
- Records of affiliated bodies, such as incorporated ministries, within the Region
- Personal/private papers and manuscripts of individuals active in the United Church or its antecedents, when such records are of clear value to understanding the history of the church within the Region
- Records of ecumenical or inter-church organizations within the Region, if members of the United Church or antecedent denominations have played a significant role in these organizations
Holdings date from 1859 to present (1895-2010 predominant).
The Archives keeps approximately 790 metres of material, including records from about 500 communities of faith, both active and disbanded.
Approximately 500 congregations in the British Columbia Conference (including closed congregations) have deposited some original records in the Archives.