Fonds - CGIT British Columbia fonds

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CGIT British Columbia fonds

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2 m of textual records and other material

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CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training) is an interdenominational Christian group for girls, ages 12 to 17. It was founded in 1915, with support from the YMCA, and served Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. In the early years, it was administered by the interdenominational Religious Education Council. By the 1950s, it fell under the Canadian Council of Churches’ Department of Christian Education. The Department’s national CGIT Committee is complemented by provincial CGIT boards and local CGIT committees. The provincial board was known as the BC Provincial Girls’ Work Board until 1959, and thereafter as the BC Provincial CGIT Board. CGIT on the BC mainland ceased in 1996 but continues on Vancouver Island.

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Fonds comprises two subgroups: Provincial Board and Victoria Committee. The Provincial Board subgroup consists of the following record series: Administrative records (1924-1996); Annual reports (1968-1996); Leadership materials ([1936?]-[ca. 1990]); Program materials (1963-1995); Camping and Camp Council materials (1919-1995); Conference materials (1955-1970); Special events, ceremonies, and services (1925-1994); Newsletters (1932-1996); Historical reference and memorabilia (1922-1990); Photographs and scrap books (1922-1992); and CGIT publications ([192-?]-1985). Victoria Committee subgroup consists of the following records series: Minutes (1956-1984); Financial records (1942-1993); Photographs and memorabilia (1921-1995); CGIT publications (1922-1976); Explorer materials (1957-1973); Arlene Kropp Collection (1951-1954); Audio records (1990).

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Records were donated to the Archives in several installments:

  • Dates of earliest installments are unknown
  • 1984 – pamphlets and other publications received from General Council Archives
  • 1986 – The Torch, The Blue Lanyard, and administrative records received from Elaine Giesbrecht, CGIT historian, BC Provincial CGIT
  • 1990 – from BC Provincial CGIT Board
  • 1995 – from Victoria Committee
  • 1996 – from BC Provincial CGIT Board
  • 2009 – from Jane Banfield (former editor of the Gitom magazine)
  • 2012 – from Nonie Lyon (former editor of the Gitom magazine)
  • 2012 – from Arlene Kropp
  • 2015 – from First-Metropolitan United Church (Victoria, B.C.)


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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-3

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2 m of textual records
1363 photographs
6 realia
1 audio cassette

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AffB 20

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Revised November 26, 2015

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