Fonds MSS 358 (A15-67) - Mary Cecilia Hietanen fonds

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Mary Cecilia Hietanen fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 358 (A15-67)

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2 typed pages; 1 pencil drawn portrait

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Gil R. Urmaneta sketched a portrait of David Patrick Young, Spiritualist medium, in 1979.

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Reverend Mary Cecilia Hietanen was born on 23 January 1923 in Birkenhead, England. She came to Canada in 1953 and joined the Vancouver Psychic Society in 1972, eventually becoming president. In the spring of 1981, along with close friend and mentor David Young and his companion Gwyn Lewis as organist, she founded the Spiritualist Church of Universal Brotherhood (UBSC) in New Westminster, British Columbia, and was ordained by the International Spiritualist Alliance in 1982. Subsequently, she was the minister at UBSC and filled a variety of administrative positions there including board member and president, until her death in 2009 in Surrey, British Columbia.

Custodial history

This fonds was donated on 11 July 2006 to the Survival Research Institute of Canada by Spiritualist minister Reverend Mary Hietanen (1923-2009) of Surrey, BC; the portrait was likely received from David Young himself, possibly in the 1980s; transferred by Walter Meyer zu Erpen to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2015.

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A pencil drawn portrait of Spiritualist medium David Patrick Young (1936-1994), drawn in 1979 by artist Gil R. Urmeneta, and the written account of her own near-death experience on 26 December 2004, as told to and typed by Alan Holmes.

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Very good

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Walter Meyer zu Erpen (Survival Research Institute of Canada, President)


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This fonds is closely related to the David Patrick Young fonds. It is also one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It is related to the various other Psychical Research and Spiritualist Collections that the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections has attracted since it acquired the Hamilton Family fonds (MSS 14). It is especially closely related to the David Patrick Young fonds (MSS 449), as the creator of that fonds is the subject of this one.

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No further accruals expected.

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Separation Statement: Original mat removed from drawing by archivist on 8 June 2015. Portrait is stored in oversize.

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MSS 358 (A15-67)

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Created by Samantha Booth, June 2015
Modified by Samantha Booth, December 2015

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  • English

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