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Communications Documents

Subseries contains communication documents produced by the Division 1969-2016. Documents include Communiques/News Releases/Press Releases; Clippings; Daily Blues; General Council Communications; Press re Residential Schools; and Profiles.

United Church of Canada. Division of Communication.

Correspondence

Subseries contains general correspondence of the executive and correspondence concerning meetings, departmental work and ecumenical relationships 1968-1983.

United Church of Canada. Division of Communication.

Correspondence of the Director of Press and Information/News Services/News and Public Relations

In 1968, the position of Director of Press and Information was created. Norman K. Vale held this position from 1968-1971, though the position title changed to Director of News Services in 1971. From 1971-1984, Alayne Scanlon held the position and the title change from News Services to Director of News and Public Relations in 1981.

Subseries contains correspondence and accompanying documents collected by the Directors 1973-1982.

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Correspondence with Pastoral Charges, Presbyteries and Conferences

Subseries contains correspondence with Pastoral Charges, Presbyteries and Conferences, a comprehensive set of files comprised of correspondence, press releases, reports and news clippings, collected by the entire Committee and Department staff as a central file relating to work within the United Church 1969-1979 (organized by Conference and within each Conference, often by Pastoral Charge or Presbytery).

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Mission Interpretation and Deputation

Subseries contains records of Mission Interpretation and Deputation, 1956-1984. Mission Interpretation and Deputation worked with the Division of World Outreach, the Division of Mission in Canada, and at the congregational level to ensure a devotion to mission understanding and support. One of its principal activities was arranging tours by missionaries on furlough in Canada. Subseries includes correspondence of the Director, correspondence to missionaries, and correspondence with Conference Coordinators of Mission Deputation for the years 1983-1984. This work was later adopted by the Department of Media Services in the 1980s.

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Mission Resources

Subseries contains mission resources created in tandem with the Division of Mission in Canada, the Department of Stewardship Services and ecumenical groups 1954-1988. Resources were created in various printed formats, they often had av counterparts and were developed for varying age groups.

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Mission Study

Mission Study were resources created for study groups of various ages and types including children and UCW. Often a Mission Theme was developed.

Subseries contains records re Mission Study, 1926-1979, which includes minutes of editorial committees relating to work with children and adults, 1971-1975, correspondence of the Mission Editor, Nancy Hardy, relating to publications and study kits, and with interdenominational bodies.

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Office Files

Series contains office files concerning: Computers, Software and Websites; Division Events; Historical Documents; Inter-church Correspondence; Manuals, Policies and Guides; Objectives and Organizational Structure; Personnel and Job Descriptions; and Records Management and Archives 1967-2001.

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Office Files

Subseries contains circulars, procedures, memos, briefs and subject files kept by the various offices responsible for publicity, education and information 1969-2012.

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Records Relating to AVEL and Media Consulting

Audio-Visual Resources was brought under the Department of Media Services in 1973, bringing with it the responsibility for the consultant and, subsequently, the Audio Visual Education Library (AVEL). The Media Resource Consultant was to act as an educator and facilitator for Conferences and congregations, as well as a buyer of resource materials worldwide.

Subseries contains reports of the Media Resource Consultant and reports regarding audio visual usage, correspondence of both the Resource Consultant and the Audio Visual Education Librarian with Conferences, resource centres, other denominations and suppliers of materials, and bulletins and circulars issued by AVEL 1970-1989.

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Records of Berkeley Studio

Berkeley Studios opened in 1956 at the site of the former Berkeley Street United Church in Toronto, and was housed there for 40 years. The building provided a dedicated facility for photographs, film and film strips, recordings and radio and TV production that aided all Church Departments in promoting the work of the United Church.

Berkeley Studios was initially formed under the Audio-Visual and Radio and Television Units of the Board of Information and Stewardship, at its inception in 1956 (authorized by the Sixteenth General Council). In 1968, Berkeley Studios became a part of the newly created Division of Communication, an amalgamation of the Board of Publication, and most operations of the Board of Information.

In the 1970s, a re-organization within the Division of Communication occurred. In 1973, Berkeley Studios became a part of the Department of Media Services, which was established as a result of the union of the Audio-Visual Resources and Broadcasting and the Communication Education units; its goal was to educate Church members in the use of communications media.

In the 1980s reorganization of the Division of Communication continued. In 1983, the Department of Media Resources/Services was established by adding the Education for Mission function. Thus, Berkeley Studios, AVEL, the Audio Visual Consultant and the mission interpretation and education programme became components of this new Department. In 1984, the Department of Media Services and Education for Mission were amalgamated to form the Department of Media Resources. Participating in inter-church and interfaith associations, its biggest challenge by 1988 was Vision TV, the interfaith religious television network in Canada.

With restructuring and the office move to 3250 Bloor Street West in 1995. Berkeley Studio which housed both the broadcast and educational/resource video teams moved as part of the Division of Communication's overall move to the new premises. In the wake of the 2001 restructuring when the divisional structure was eliminated, Berkeley became part of the Resource Production and Distribution (RPD) Unit. In 2007, Berkeley Studio was closed and its broadcasting relationship with Vision TV ended. A small video edit suite was maintained by a producer and renamed the Multimedia Unit as part of RPD. That exists today within the Communications Unit.

Subseries consists of records of the Berkeley Studio Manager, and later of the Studio Administrator. Subseries includes files regarding production data, correspondence relating to personnel, and programmes produced at Berkeley Studio, and records of committees.

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Records of CEMS Executive

Subseries contains records of the Executive including minutes of annual, executive and staff meetings, correspondence, correspondence of the responsible Associate Secretary, Robert Plant, and annual reports 1971-1997.

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Records of Resource Coordinators

The Resource Coordinators where responsible for coordinating the production of GCO print and audio visual materials. The coordinator’s role involves advertising, liaising between resource production staff and staff from initiating units, tracking resources through stages of production, and liaising with marketing staff to help units create marketing strategies. The Resource Coordinators reported to the Senior Editor.

Subseries contains the files of Resource Coordinator Aaron Gallegos 2003-2010.

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