Fonds 2006-02 - R. A. Ward

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CA WCA 2006-02


R. A. Ward


  • 1930 - 1986 (Accumulation)

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1.65 m of textual and graphic material

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(1908 - 1986)

Biographical history

Rev. Canon Dr. Ronald Arthur Ward (1908 - 9 July, 1986) was born in Hertfordshire, England, hailing from a family of preachers. Originally a Classics scholar, Ward parlayed his knowledge into becoming a New Testament scholar, graduating from London University with Bachelor of Divinity (1934), Master of Arts, and Doctor of Divinity degrees. His Ph.D thesis was entitled, "The Aristotelian Element in the Philosophical Vocabulary of the New Testament." After ordination, Rev. Ward took a Curacy in South-East England, and was appointed Tutor of London College of Divinity, where he taught briefly.

He immigrated to Canada in 1951, where he was charged with the Church of the Messiah (240 Avenue Road, Toronto), and became a staff member of Upper Canada College. The following year, Rev. Ward took a position as professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College, a position he held from 1952 until 1963. Beginning in 1955, he held the position of Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Toronto. Rev. Ward held Canadian citizenship for more than 30 years; his other activities included preaching at noon-hour Lenten service in St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto, located at King and Church.

Rev. Ward was a prolific scholar, even when not at his academic post at Upper Canada College or Wycliffe College. He went on a mission to Jamaica from 1958-1960, spoke at interdenominational conferences and committees, published several articles, authored 12 books, and acted as editor or Evangelical Christian from 1959 to c.1967.

In 1963, Rev. Ward briefly returned to England, spent a year travelling through Europe and Asia, and next lectured and preached in Australia and New Zealand. He returned again to England, and became rector of the Ellingham and Kirby Cane churches in the Anglican diocese of Norwich.

In 1969, Ward relocated to New Brunswick, were he was rector of St. John’s Stone Anglican Church, and rural dean of Saint John for eight years prior to retiring in 1975. Ward was well-known in Saint John for his many public speaking engagements and his appearances on local television station CHSJ’s programme Destination. In September 1984, Rev. Ward went on an eastern Arctic mission to Povungnituk, and Sugluk, in northern Quebec, and Cape Dorset in the Northwest Territories.

In 1985, Rev. Ward continued his scholasticism. A member of the International Society of New Testament studies, Rev. Ward lectured at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Banockburn, Illinois, in 1985.

For the last eleven years of his life, Rev. Ward lived in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, with his wife, Evelyn (Powell) Ward (b. December 1906). The couple married in September, 1933, and had three children, Phillip, John, and Timothy.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Rev. Ward’s daughter-in-law, Beverley Ward, 14 Dec 2006, to the Ruth Scott Archives

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Scope and content

Fonds reflects the schooling as a Classical scholar and academic career of Rev. Dr. Ronald Arthur Ward, M.A., B.D., MDiv, Professor of New Testament. Records span five decades of scholasticism, and institutions and correspondence in England, Canada, and to a lesser extent, the United States.

Records include addresses, personal notes, letters, published material, slides, and most predominantly, manuscripts of both his monographs and articles.

Fonds is arranged alphabetically into 6 series:

  1. Addresses and conference material
  2. Manuscripts
  3. Notes
  4. Published materials
  5. School work
  6. Sermons

As well, there is one discrete item, outside of these series, “Upper Canada Bible Society certificate,” which is described at the very end of this finding aid.

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System of arrangement

The fonds has been arranged by the archivist following the original order of the creator where possible

Series 2 contains 2 subseries, Articles and Books

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Copyright of material in this fonds is held by the heirs of the creator. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of slides, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission for the reproduction of any part of the fonds.

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Some records contain ancient Greek and Latin titles and phrases.

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Records on onion skin paper are very fragile.

Metal pins, paperclips, and other metal fasteners used by the creator have been replaced with plastic and/or vinyl paperclips. Original acidic folders have been replaced.

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