Fonds AM403 - St. James' Church fonds

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St. James' Church fonds

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  • 1 microfilm reel
  • 1 folder of textual records

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St. James' Church (Anglican) was the first permanent church established in what is now Vancouver.
It was originally built in May of 1881, west of Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) and north of Alexander Street. This building was destroyed in the fire of 1886, and a new church was constructed at Gore Avenue and Oppenheimer Street (now Cordova Street). St. Agatha's Chapel was added to the structure in 1887, and the church was further enlarged in 1900. This second church building was torn down in 1935 and was replaced by a new structure in 1936.
From its beginnings, the church was involved in many social service activties, such as service guilds, schools, and St. Luke's Home, one of Vancouver's first hospitals (later becoming a home for the elderly).

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The fonds consists of records created and received by the St. James' Church. Records include: registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials; newsletters and histories of the church; and records of the St. Luke's Home, such as annual reports, minutes, registers, and accounts. Fonds contains three series: 1) Church registers ; 2) Miscellaneous church records; and 3) St. Luke's Home records.

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The majority of the fonds was microfilmed by the Archives in 1977. Additional records were donated to the Archives in 1977 by Mrs. Phyllis Reeve.


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See also the Jessie Parkes fonds (AM277).

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