Series MS-2758 - William Duncan papers from Metlakatla

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William Duncan papers from Metlakatla

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  • 1851-1923 (Creation)
    Duncan, William, 1832-1918

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Microfilm (pos.), (1945), 35 mm, 20 reels [A01704-A01723]

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William Duncan was a lay missionary with the Church of England. He organized Metlakatla.

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Duncan's papers relating to missionary activities in Metlakatla (B.C.) and Metlakatla (Alaska) encompassing correspondence, including that with Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, journals, notebooks, memoranda printed material, speeches, community business, financial and legal records. Rev. William Duncan established the Metlakahtla Christian Mission in northern British Columbia under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society in 1857 but in 1881 relations between the Mission and the Society became so strained that the connection was broken. In 1887, relations with the Dominion and Provincial governments reached such a point that the mission and many of its adherents moved to Annette Island in Alaska. Rev. Duncan remained in full charge of the mission until his death in 1918 in the midst of a jurisdictional dispute with the United States Government. Because the mission was so much the creation of the Rev. Duncan, it is virtually impossible to separate official mission business from the personal affairs of its leader. Included are some papers of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome, who was a close friend of Duncan, and acted as trustee after his death. The description of the collection identifies William Duncan "The Reverend William Duncan". This is an error as William Duncan was never ordained.

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Materials are not to be reproduced for sale or without permission of Assembly of God, William Duncan Memorial Church, Box 97, Metlakatla, Alaska, 99926.

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Received from National Archives of Canada Diffusion Programme 1988-1989.

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Microfilmed in 1964 by NAC from originals held by the Metlakatla Christian Mission, Annette Island, Alaska.

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Accession number(s): 89-051

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