Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00129 (Downsview Offsite) - Lord's Day Alliance of Canada Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00129 (Downsview Offsite)


Lord's Day Alliance of Canada Papers


  • 1888-1994 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

285 boxes and items

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Administrative history

The Lord's Day Alliance of Canada (renamed People for Sunday Association of Canada in 1982) was a lay organization founded in 1888 under the aegis of the Presbyterian Church and supported by the other Protestant churches to combat increasing Sabbath secularization. The Alliance became one of the most effective lobbies of the early 20th century. It gained the crucial support of the French Canadian Catholic hierarchy and, with its promise of a legislated weekly rest day, of organized labour. It surrended its charter in 1994.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift from the Lord's Day Alliance, 1971, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1995

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Scope and content

This collection includes correspondence, minute books, administrative records, legal documents, photographs, scrapbooks and printed materials generated by the Alliance and many of its branches from 1888 to 1979. The second part of the collection includes records and artifacts from the renamed Alliance: the People for Sunday Association of Canada, from 1982 until its dissolution in 1994. There is also material from other organizations concerned with Sunday observance.

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System of arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Minute Books, Committee Reports
Series 3: Financial Documents
Series 4: Membership Lists
Series 5: Research
Series 6: Legal Documents
Series 7: Printed Material
Series 8: Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Material
Series 9: Audio Recordings
Series 10: Photographic Material
Series 11: Video and Film Material
Series 12: A Collection of Material Relating to Other Groups that Emerged During the Sunday Shopping Debate of the Late 1980's
Series 13: Artifacts

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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