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Reuben Butchart fonds
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CA ON00399 52
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48 cm of textual records
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Reuben Butchart was a Toronto writer and church periodical editor who researched and wrote about the history of the Churches of Christ (Disciples) in Canada. He served as manager and later as editor of Christian Messenger and its successor The Canadian Disciple for the period 1897–1929. During that time he was active in his local congregation, since 1923 known as Hillcrest Church of Christ, and served many years as Corresponding Secretary of the Cooperation of Disciples of Christ in Ontario. His historical research broadened in the 1940s, culminating in the publication of his pioneering work The Disciples of Christ in Canada since 1830 (1949).
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Fonds consists of published and unpublished material about the history of the Disciples in Canada, authored or gathered by Reuben Butchart in the course of his research and writing. The material includes some official records of organizations such as the Wellington and Ontario Co-operations of the Disciples of Christ, as well as the local Church of Christ in Guelph. Although there is a focus on Ontario churches and on the Hillcrest Church in Toronto, there is also extensive correspondence with local church historians in the Maritimes and Western Canada.
Immediate source of acquisition
The historical material in the collection, along with a large number of books and periodicals that have been catalogued separately, were donated by Reuben Butchart to the Victoria University Library in more than one installment during the 1940's and early 1950's.
The material in Box 1 was boxed and filed independently, possibly as a later addition to the collection. The rest of the historical collection follows a numbering system devised by Butchart, and was filed according to a scheme of numbered sections (I to XIX). The logic of these divisions is not self-evident.
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No further accruals are expected.
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Added by MO: May 26, 2016
Revised by BC: January 25, 2018
Revised by BC: January 25, 2018