fonds YCC - Records of York Council of Churches

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Records of York Council of Churches


  • 1971-1999 (Creation)

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0.06 cubic metres

3 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1971-)

Administrative history

The York Council of Churches, or YCC, is a branch of the World Council of Churches which was founded in 1948. The World Council describes itself as a ‘worldwide fellowship of global, regional and sub-regional, national and local churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.’

Delegates sent from member churches meet every seven or eight years in an Assembly, which elects a Central Committee that governs between Assemblies. A variety of other committees and commissions answer to the Central Committee and its staff. Assemblies have been held since 1948.

In 1991 the YCC held a Celebration of Healing in York Minster and in 1997 they participated in Pilgrim’s Way, a national pilgrimage to commemorate the arrival of St Augustine in England in 597. Today the YCC holds an annual service of witness in York Minster on Good Friday open to Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Quakers and other Christian denominations.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2000.

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Scope and content

Constitution, 1982; minutes of meetings of the executive and annual general meetings, 1982-1997; minutes of the millennium group for the diocese, 1997-1998; correspondence, 1984-1998; newsletters, 1984-1999; church profile forms, c.1980s; report on the church and young people, 1995; reports on millennial celebrations, 1997; papers relating to ‘A Celebration of Healing’ including orders of service, administrative papers, correspondence and publicity material, all 1991; papers relating to Pilgrim’s Way, York, including York steering group minutes, 1996-1997, papers of attending pilgrims, c.1997, orders of service for the Minster service, c.1997, and correspondence, c.1997.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 11.05.15.




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