Fonds MSS 476 (A15-90) - Noreen Hodgson fonds

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Noreen Hodgson fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 476 (A15-90)

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  • 1938-2001 (Creation)
    Dyke, Ruth Ann

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0.06m of textual records -- 1 photograph

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Ruth Ann Dyke was born in Portland, Maine ca. 1917. She began to attend church services at Springdale Church, Toronto, in 1967, and became president of the church board in 1970, as well as a member and regular Church Representative in the Spiritualists’ National Union of Canada (SNU), later being elected as Governor and then as Second Vice-President. She was ordained in 1973 at the request of Reverend William C. Partridge, her teacher and friend, to become assistant pastor of Springdale Church. She became the pastor of Springdale Church in or before 1976, when Rev. Partridge left Toronto to live with family in Vancouver, and became increasingly active in the SNU as well, becoming president around 1976, and locating its head office at Springdale Church. During Rev. Dyke’s tenure as president (ca. 1976-1981), the SNU (now renamed as the Spiritualist Church of Canada (SCC)) secured for its ministers equal rights and all forms of recognition enjoyed by other churches, including an accreditation course and marriage rights. She remained pastor of Springdale Church for many years, until within months before her passing on 16 January 1993 at Scarborough, ON. She was also active in the Springdale Park Spiritual Association (SPSA), and owned a lot in Springdale Park at Bracebridge, ON.

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This fonds was donated to the Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) in 2001 by Mrs. Noreen Hodgson, taken from the papers of Rev. Ruth Ann Dyke, and was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2015 by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (President, Survival Research Institute of Canada).

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The majority of this fonds came from the papers of the late Rev. Ruth Ann Dyke, who had received many of them in her official capacities in connection with Toronto's Springdale Church and with Springdale Park Spiritual Association (SPSA). It includes official corporate and other records of the SPSA, as well as correspondence with and writings of her teacher, Spiritualist minister William C. Partridge, and collected newspaper clippings about various Spiritualist topics.

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This fonds is 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. It is especially related to the Springdale Park Spiritual Association (SPSA) fonds, the Joe and Lillian Bain fonds and the Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima fonds, as it contains corporate records of the SPSA and other records pertaining to Springdale Park, Toronto

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Created by Samantha Booth in January 2016.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 29 May 2017.

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