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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/321
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1920-1981
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 51 production units.
Name of creator(s): Finland Anglican Chaplaincy


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bishop of London was held to exercise responsibility for Anglican churches overseas where no other bishop had been appointed. He retained responsibility for churches in northern and central Europe until 1980, but his jurisdiction in southern Europe ceased in 1842 on the creation of the diocese of Gibraltar. In 1980, the Bishop of London divested himself of all overseas jurisdiction and a new diocese of 'Gibraltar in Europe' was established.

Before the Russian Revolution of 1917 the Anglican chaplain at St Petersburg made occasional visits to Helsinki to minister to the English residents there. After the revolution, the chaplain at Moscow moved to Helsinki, where he was appointed to serve the British Legation. In 1921 the Legation ceased to employ the chaplain, and he was subsequently supported by voluntary contributions from the English residents. At various times the chaplain at Helsinki has assumed additional responsibility for Anglicans in Russia, Estonia, Mongolia and China.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Anglican Chaplaincy in Finland, comprising:
minutes, 1922-67 (Ms 20884);
papers of the chairman and/or secretary, 1941-70 (Ms 20885);
financial records, 1949-67 (Ms 20886-7);
annual reports, 1923-52 (Ms 20888);
newsletters and other circulars, 1952-80 (Ms 20889);
registers of services, 1920-73 (Ms 20890);
roll of membership, [1900?]-1956 (Ms 20891);
registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials and cremations, 1920-61 (Ms 20892-2A);
papers relating to marriages, 1965-72 (Ms 20892B);
architect's drawings of proposed new church, 1928 (Ms 20893); and
correspondence and related papers, 1937-81 (Ms 20894-900).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Anglican Church in Finland were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library by the chaplain in February 1984. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also DL/E/A to DL/E/E for papers relating to the Diocese of London Overseas Jurisdiction; CLC/318 for the Diocese in Europe and CLC/319 for the Diocese of Gibraltar.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
August to October 2010.

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