Fonds F0262 - Terence William Barker fonds

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Terence William Barker fonds

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5.7 m of textual records

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Terence William Barker was a teacher and minister in the Jehovah Witness Church in Toronto (1962-1972), and later joined the Process Church of the Final Judgement. At Magdalen College, Oxford University, he conducted studies on apocalyptic sects and gnosticism. The Process Church was founded in 1963 as a prophetic sect under the leadership of Robert de Grimston, and was virtually defunct by 1978.

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The fonds documents Terence William Barker’s activities as minister in the Jehovah Church. These records include material related to the Assemblies of the Jehovah's Witnesses (1961-1972); correspondence, reports and newspaper clippings concerning the issue of blood transfusions; the disassociation of Barker from the Witnesses; and records of his ministry with 'Watchtower' magazine. There is also material on the Process Church of the Final Judgement, which consists of correspondence between Barker and other members, records of the Toronto chapter steering committee, contact list of Ontario members and followers, copies of articles for publication in their journal, and a typewritten copy of an unpublished article by Barker, 'Is the Process Church of the Final Judgement Christian? A possible approach' [1971?]. Included in the fonds are speeches delivered while he was engaged in the Jehovah Witness program and talks on religious topics, copies of the 'Yearbook of the Jehovah's Witnesses,' (1945-1976); several editions of 'New World translation of the Holy Scriptures,' (1955-1970), several Witness tracts, incomplete runs of 'Awake,' (1949-1984) including bound volumes (1961-1972), 'Informant,' (1949-1954), 'Kingdom ministry,' (1957-1972), and 'The watchtower,' (1936-1984, incomplete run) and bound copies (1961-1972 - complete runs). In addition, there are reports of the Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses (1946-1969), as well as song books, pamphlets and related material. For the Process Church of the Final Judgement, there are copies of 'Foundation,' and pamphlets including 'The Processeans,' [newsletter] (1972-1974). Also included is a photocopied (corrected in hand) typewritten manuscript by Barker of 'The time of the end: on the trail of the Final Age: Victorian to Aquarian' (1971-1973) and a photocopied, typewritten manuscript of Barker's 'The king of the North and the king of the South: apocalypticism and international politics' (1972-1975), both of which were unpublished.

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Donated by Terence William Barker in 1982 and 1985.


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Access is restricted. Written permission to view closed files must be obtained from Terence W. Barker and be directed via the University Archivist.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1982-003, 1988-005. Further accruals may be expected.

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2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals.
2002/03/22 Jizi Chen. Word Perfect (Creation).
2002/03/22 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist.
2020/04/02 MS. Migrated to AtoM.
2020/04/02 MS. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.

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