Fonds F-192 - Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association fonds

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Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association fonds

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  • 1895 - 1998 (Creation)
    Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association

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2.5 m of textual records

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Organized in Toronto on June 27, 1876, the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association is a fraternal association of Scottish people, their spouses, and their descendants in Canada. Its functions are to "preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture in Canada" by maintaining Scottish historical, literary, and musical traditions, and to promote among its members a feeling of community and comradery. Additionally, the Sons of Scotland is a fraternal benefit association; membership dues entitle members to a certain amount of insurance coverage, which can be increased according to their needs.

The Sons of Scotland was incorporated by the Province of Ontario in 1880, and by the Dominion of Canada in 1937. It is governed by a central Executive Board in Toronto called the Grand Camp, which was established in 1878 and is headed by a Grand Chief and a Grand Chieftain. Grand Camp Executive officers are elected for three year terms. The Association is then divided into districts. There are currently four districts: Toronto District No. 7, Montreal District No. 14, Winnipeg District No. 15, and British Columbia District No. 16. The districts, in turn, consist of several camps, called subordinate camps. Each district and camp is governed by an Executive Board, which is headed by a chief and a chieftain. Executive officers of district and subordinate camps are elected on an annual basis.

In addition to regular meetings, the Association organizes and hosts social events, such as dances, dinners, picnics, and games.

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Fonds consists of records relating to the organization and activities of the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, particularly District No. 16 (British Columbia), and several of its subordinate camps, including Glamis Camp No. 210, Glengarry Camp No. 212, Lord Tweedsmuir Camp No. 209, Murray Camp No. 215, and Royal Scot Camp No. 172. Activities, events, and topics documented include the rules, rituals, and organization of the Association; the founding and development of some of the subordinate camps; meetings, activities, events, finances, and membership of District No. 16, its subordinate camps and, to a lesser degree, the Grand Camp; and correspondence and interaction among subordinate camps, as well as between subordinate camps, District No. 16, and the Grand Camp.

Records include minutes, minute books, and related papers; financial ledgers, cash books, financial statements, and financial reports; record books and note books; correspondence, reports, newsletters, and directories; constitutions and bylaws; lists; and programmes and promotional material.

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The records were donated to the Simon Fraser University Archives by the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association and individual camps in three accessions from May 1, 2003-December 22, 2003.


The material was arranged into series by the Archivist according to the Association's organizational structure, with subordinate camps arranged alphabetically.

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Access to some files containing personal information may be restricted. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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All accessions have been processed as of December 2004. Further accruals are expected.

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Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of the records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by the British Consul General and the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University (2004).

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Finding aid prepared by Melanie Hardbattle (December 2004).

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