Media Advisory - United Church Archives to close Friday, December 21: Rally and Reading

    WHAT:    Rally against decision to shut United Church of Canada Archives

    WHEN:    Friday, December 21, 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

    WHERE:   Room BC20 (2nd floor), Birge-Carnegie Library, Victoria
             University, 95 Charles St. West, Toronto

    WHO:     Supporters, students, researchers, faculty, staff

    TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW/ - A noon-hour rally and reading to protest closing
public access to the 108-year-old United Church of Canada/Victoria University
Archives will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 21) in Room BC20 (2nd floor) of
the Birge-Carnegie Library, Victoria University, 95 Charles St. West.
    Organized by a coalition of concerned writers, researchers, historians
and archivists, the event features a reading of "How the Gooch Stole
Christmas" (apologies to Dr. Seuss), referring to Victoria University
President Paul Gooch. Gooch was instrumental in the decision to end the
108-year relationship with the church and its archives.
    Federated with the University of Toronto, Victoria University has been
home for over a century to the archives of what became the United Church of
Canada. The research centre is currently known as the United Church of
Canada/Victoria University Archives and includes the records of Victoria
    After years of discussions with the University over the continuation of a
partnership agreement, the Church has announced that it will move its valuable
records from the University to its rented headquarters in Etobicoke. The
records of Victoria University are to remain where they are.
    The move is a giant step backwards for the University and research
communities. More than 2,800 concerned individuals have signed an on-line
petition to preserve the records in their current location at 95 Charles
Street West.
    The archives serves more than 3,000 researchers each year. Its primary
role is that of a research centre serving the public. Resources cover a wide
range of topics including the residential schools issue, environmental history
and social justice.
    In addition to the role of the archives in the Arts and Science Program
of Victoria University, it is a vital resource for the educational and
research programs of the University's theological institution, Emmanuel

For further information:

For further information: John Ankenman, (416) 506-9090, ext. 227, (416)

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