- 2010-2016 (Creation)
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The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, previously known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa. Its primate is the Archbishop of Cape Town. The church includes dioceses in present day South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and St. Helena.
An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA) - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's central record library was places on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts. The richness of the Anglican Church's manuscript collection is due to the efforts of the provincial archivists appointed by the church to collect material and transfer it to the university. The first, 1937-1957, was Father Osmund Victor, followed by Canon Cecil Thomas Wood from 1958-1979. Mrs AR Kotze then took over from 1979-2000, until Carol Archibald was appointed as Provincial Archivist in 2001.
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The records were deposited at the Historical Papers Research Archive by Bishop Peter John Lee.
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The collection contains records relating to the activities of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa's Canon Law Council. There are legal documents, diocesan reports, minutes of the meetings and correspondence.
Canon Law regulates the internal ordering of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox and the Anglican Communion. Canon Law is amended and adopted by the legislative authority of the church, such as councils of bishops, individual bishops, the Pope for the Catholic Church, and the British Parliament for the Church of England. In South Africa Canon Law is an Amalgam of Roman-Dutch Civil Law and English Common Law, as well as the Customary Law. Bishops and church leaders should know how to respect and uphold Canon Law and the regulations of the church in all forms. Canon Law should be included in training of the clergy.
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Please note: Permission to use this collection has to be obtained from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Canon Law Council.
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