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African Bishops

  • ZA HPRA AB742
  • Fonds
  • 1889 - 1934

Calendar.

The letters are interesting, not only giving a good picture of the work of the Anglican church in various parts of Africa but also fore-shadowing some of the political problems which have arisen in Africa such as the racial friction between black and white, the colour bar in South Africa and the church's attitude to it and the question of the native franchise. From the letters it appears that there were problems common to the various dioceses such as the shortage of clergy, need for more money, the importance of educating the African and training African priests and the difficulties of working in vast areas where parishes were scattered.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Afrikaans Translation Committee

  • ZA HPRA AB914
  • Fonds
  • 1954 - 1971

Berthold, Basil Stanley: Rector of St. Judes, Oudtshoorn 1959 1969, St. Oswalds, Milnerton from 1969.

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Anglican Canon Law Council Southern Africa

  • ZA HPRA AB3425
  • Fonds
  • 2010-2016

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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Anglican Parish Registers

  • ZA HPRA AB3208
  • Fonds
  • 1850 - 2004

This Index provides a listing of the digitised Registers of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, which are now available on DVDs and on the website of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They cover the years 1850-2004 and include baptism, marriage and burial records.

The Anglican Church in South Africa itself was originally organised in four provinces, namely the Diocese of the Cape of Good Hope, Diocese of Natal, Diocese of the Orange Free State and the Diocese of Transvaal. These provinces were later divided into more Dioceses. The records on the website of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been arranged according to the original four Provinces. The records on the DVDs are arranged as listed.

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Archbishops of Cape Town, Part 2 records

  • ZA HPRA AB1363
  • Fonds
  • 1840 - 1982

The first part of the collection of the records of the Archbishop of Cape Town was transferred to the University of the Witwatersrand Library in 1974 to be added to the central Record Library of the C.P.S.A. which, since 1937, had been in the care of the University Library. It was described in 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town', No. 6 in the Library's series of Historical and Literary Inventories of Collections,.

This present inventory, 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town Part II', describes records transferred to the Library in instalments from 1980 to 1990 from Bishopscourt, the home of the Archbishop of Cape Town, by Mrs. A.R. 14o-tee. Provincial Archivist. The records in Part II relate, in general, to the years 1940 to 1982, later period then those in Part I but there is some overlap, there being several items from as far back as 1840.

It in a large collection in 288 pamphlet boxes and follows the alphabetical arrangement by subject used at Bishopscourt. A condensed description of each subject file is given in the inventory together with an index of personal names, churches, parishes and selected subject fields. For the benefit of researchers a list of the names of bishops in each diocese, from the origin of the diocese to date, has been provided together with a map showing the dioceses or the C.P.S.A. in existence in 1991.

The records relate to the whole of the C.P.S.A. but there is a heavy preponderance of Cape documentation because of the Archbishop's residing in Cape Town and his dual role as head of The Diocese of Cape Town as well as being Metropolitan, for the Province. They include the Archbishop's correspondence with bishops of the various dioceses and with individual members of the clergy. Not only do the records show the inspiration of the C.P.S.A. and its work, particularly in the fields education, health and social services, but they also reflect the Church's attitude to social and political problems in South Africa,.

There is much about the Church's confrontation with the State over the issue of apartheid, notably the effects of the Group Areas Act on black churches in white areas and the admission or all races to church schools. Other topics are conscientious objection and the refusal of young Anglicans, both lay and clerical, to serve in the South African Defence Force and the question of Namibia's independence and the expulsion of Bishops Mize and Winter for promoting it.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Archbishops of Cape Town, Part 3 records

  • ZA HPRA AB2546
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 1996

The first part of the collection of CPSA records deals with the foundation and progress of the various dioceses and activities of the church, and mainly covers the years 1848-1938.

It has been described in 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town', No 6, in the library's series of Historical and Literary Papers: Inventories of Collections.

The second part, 'Selected Records of the Archbishops of Cape Town, Part II' describes records transferred to the Library from Bishopscourt, the home of the Archbishops of Cape Town, by Mrs Kotze, the Provincial Archivist. The records in Part II relate mainly to the years 1940-1982, and are described in No 16 of the Historical and Literary Papers: Inventories of Collections.

This present inventory consists mainly of additional records transferred from Bishopscourt between the years 1983 and 1996, and covering the episcopacies of Archbishops Russell and Tutu. (There are also some records from Church House, the Diocesan headquarters in Cape Town which cover an earlier period, - from 1855 - but for the sake of convenience these have been combined with the Bishopscourt records.) The files are arranged alphabetically by subject according to the Bishopscourt filing system. As in Part II, a condensed description of each subject file is given in the inventory together with an index of personal names, churches, parishes and selected subject fields, and a list of the names of bishops in each diocese, from the origin of the diocese to date, has been provided together with a map showing the dioceses of the CPSA in existence in 1998.

The records relate to the Church of the Province as a whole, but there is a preponderance of Cape records due to the Archbishop's dual role as head of the Cape Town Diocese and metropolitan for the province. They include the Archbishops' correspondence with bishops of the various dioceses and with clergy and lay people, and they reflect the administration of the CPSA and its work, as well as the Church's attitude to social and political problems in South Africa such as abortion, homosexuality and the church, conscientious objection, race, sanctions, violence and political negotiations.

A number of these files do not relate specifically to the CPSA but reveal the various interests of the Archbishops. Archbishop Tutu's files include correspondence from numbers of organisations within and outside South Africa that were dedicated to removing apartheid and restoring a just society. Examples are the Bishop Desmond Tutu Refugee Scholarship Fund, the Educational Opportunities Council, West European Parliamentarians for Action against Apartheid, etc. This collection therefore gives an indication of Bishop Tutu's influence, both in the Church and as a participant in many human rights and welfare organisations.

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Artworks, Church of the Province of South Africa

  • ZA HPRA AB3008
  • Fonds
  • 1900s

Artworks relating to various locations of the Anglican Church, including St. Cuthbert's Mission Tsolo; Bishopscourt; and Grace Dieu.

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Association of Women Workers (A.W.W.)

  • ZA HPRA AB1107
  • Fonds
  • 1938 - 1977

Topics covered in the collections are: Missions in Southern Africa, Help for St. Peter's College, Alice, Help for new churches needed in the Cape, Move to a new federal seminary in Natal, Death of Margaret Turvey, Nursing, Sister sent to Africa by S.P.C., Formation of Central Council for Women's Work, Home for retired missionaries in S.A., Closing down of A.W.W in England in 1977.

Names in the collection are: Celia R. Porter (Hon. Sec. Cape Town branch), Miss E.M. Wallace (Sec.), Aldred Stubbs, C.T. Wood, Archbishop R.S. Selby Taylor, Theodore Simpson, C.R., Archbishop B. Burnett, C.E. Ferguson - Davie.

Included is a journal article from the South African Historical Journal "Gender, Power and Voice in South African Anglicanism: The Society of Women Missionaries' Journal, 1913-1955", by Deborah Gaitskell, University of London, 2009.

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Cambria House

  • ZA HPRA AB2221
  • Fonds
  • 1939 - 1990

This collection consists of correspondence, notices, minutes, constitution of the various societies, finance, service register, circular, conference material, pamphlets, Miscellaneous material, administration, publications and the History of the chaplaincy.

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