80 Hayden Street
CA M4Y 3G2
Anglican Church of Canada / General Synod Archives
The development of the General Synod Archives started in 1927 when the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada appointed an Archives Committee to collect material of historical value. In 1955, the General Synod appointed the first General Synod Archivist. The Archivist was to collect, preserve, and make available the records relating to the General Synod and its departments; to organize a Reference Library relating to the history and activities of the Church in Canada, and the Anglican Communion; and to co-operate with the Canadian Church Historical Society in promoting interest in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada. By this time the Archives and the reference library had secured four rooms in Church House on 600 Jarvis Street in Toronto. In 2004, the General Synod Archives and its historical library moved to 80 Hayden Street, Toronto with the rest of the national office.
The General Synod Archives operating under Canon V acquires, preserves and provides access to the records of enduring value created by the General Synod, it’s committees, councils, boards and commissions and includes the official papers of the Primate, the General Secretary and all other officers and employees of the General Synod. To this end the GSA also provides record management services and archival appraisal to the national office departments. The General Synod Archives forms part of the Office of the General Secretary.
The General Synod Archives are also the repository for records created by organizations and individuals affiliated with the Anglican Church of Canada and who are of historical significance to the national Church. This includes the Archives of the Diocese of the Arctic and the former Diocese of Keewatin which are on deposit at the GSA. The Archives has actively acquired publications and other media productions that document the history of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The General Synod Archives is open for research Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm by appointment only.
The Archives are closed over the Christmas holidays and reopen in the new year.