Albert Batten fonds

An Inventory of his records at the University of Manitoba & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jarad Buckwold
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(February 19, 2013)

Finding aid encoded by Jarad Buckwold (February 19, 2013)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Albert Batten

Albert Batten fonds


0.13 metres of textual material, 6 photographs and 1 DVD

MSS 379, PC 329, EL 40


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Biography of Albert Batten

Albert Batten was born in 1906 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to Henry Thomas and Dorothy Batten. The Batten family immigrated to Canada in 1925. Albert grew up around spiritualism; his father was a noted medium and served as President of the East Hamilton Spiritualist Church. It was through the spiritualist communities that Albert met his wife, Gladys Gale, who was also a member of the East Hamilton Spiritualist Church. In 1934, Albert and Gladys were the first couple married within the church and were to remain the only couple for fifty years. At the time spiritualist ministers were not legally allowed to perform marriage ceremonies and as such, a Baptist minister had to be brought in to do so. Both Albert and Gladys continued to be active members within the church, Gladys serving as the church’s organist and Albert as president, for a time. For their services to the church, they were both awarded honourary life time memberships. After 1950, Albert was also active in the Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly, serving on its board for nine years. In 1971, he and Gladys also purchased property in the region. Albert was also active with the Canadian Red Cross Society, earning the Order of the Red Cross and the Member of the order of Canada for his work there. Gladys passed away in 1995, followed by Albert in 2001.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds was created by the donor himself. His donated material was divided into different fonds and collections in accordance with specifications he himself provided. This particular fonds consists of 18 items including photos of East Hamilton Spiritualist Church members, church death ledgers, biographical research conducted by the donor, Walter Meyer zu Erpen, and a CD containing digitized versions of some of the records.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material

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Related Materials

This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen related to survival and parapsychology research. Other such fonds and collections donatd by Meyer zu Erpen are the Survival Research Institute of Canada fonds (MSS 372; A11-60), A.R.G. (George) and Iris Owen fonds (MSS 373; A11-61), Survival Research Newsletters and Periodicals Collection (MSS 374; A11-62), Debra Barr and Walter Meyer zu Erpen Research and Publication Collection (MSS 375; A11-63), Jenny O'Hara Pincock fonds (MSS 376; A11-64), Spiritualist Hymnals and Manuals Collection (MSS 377; A11-65), Kenneth J. Batcheldor fonds (MSS 378, EL 39 (A11-66), Olga Park fonds (MSS 380; A11-71), Howard Reed fonds (MSS 381, EL 41; A11-107). Also related, but not donated by Meyer zu Erpen, is the Hamilton Family fonds (Mss 14, Pc 12, Tc 70; A.79-21, A.79-41, A.79-52, A.79-56, A.79-65, A.80-08, A.80-25, A.81-09, A.86-56).

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Walter Meyer zu Erpen in 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

MSS 379 Albert Batten [ 1930-2010 ]
11 Historical Research Relating to the Batten Family, Rev. Jaes P. Skelton, East Hamilton Spiritual Church, And the Spiritualist Church of Canada 1998-2010
2 Spiritualists' National Union of Canada Education Course By Reverand James Porter Skelton (DD 1954-1955) 1954-1955
3 Thought Exchange Notes of Albert Batten, Senior (1906-2001) 1978?
4 East Hamilton Spiritual Church Death Register, Retroactively Compiled ca. July 1964 by Albert Batten, Senior 1964
5 East Hamilton Spiritualist Church Hymn Sheet 1931-1939
6 Photographs Taken of East Hamilton Spiritual Church and SNU of Canada AGM (Photocopies) 1931-1939
7 EL 40 "EHSC/Batten" DVD Containing Digital Copies of Other Records 2010
1 PC 329 East Hamilton Spiritual Church Photographs (Oversized) 1968-1982

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