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Missionary Society Records (Nonconformist)

Nature of Source

Minutes, correspondence, journals, diaries, and papers detailing the work of the Missionary Societies.

Where Found

School of Oriental and African Studies (Missionary Collections: Holdings include the Methodist Missionary Society Archives and the Council for World Mission Archives. A card index is available covering the collection and includes biographies of many of those involved with the society. Search the SOAS Archive Catalogue and the SOAS Library Catalogue for the whereabouts of the Methodist archives as well as the records of other missionary organisations)
International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies
Church Mission Society (Library and Archives)
Baptist Missionary Society (The archives are held at the Angus Library, Regents Park College)
Bodleian Library (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Archives including journals, annual sermons and reports; Archives of the Church's Ministry Among Jewish People/Church's Ministry Among the Jews formerly known as the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews)

Period Covered

1798 - 1950

Genealogical Value

Names, addresses, family relationships, occupations, birth, marriage and death records.

Further References

Bennett, Elizabeth. Guide to the archives of the Methodist Missionary Society: London, 1979

Hinderer, Anna. Seventeen Years in the Yoruba Country: Memorials of Anna Hinderer: Religious Tract Society, 1877 (Available to download from the Internet Archive)

Websites (Mundus entry for the Methodist Missionary Society) (Sources for Missionary and Church Archives) (International Mission Photography Archive: Historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections)

Online Databases (Mundus Database: Catalogue of British Missionary Society records. The catalogue contains summary description of collections relating to missionary material held at various institutions and British missionary societies. The material includes missionary archives, personal papers, printed matter, maps and photographs) (Archives in London and the M25 area: Partial whereabouts of records. Description of holdings of education institutions, learned, scientific, social and cultural organisations, mostly within the M25 region. Similar to Access to Archives but with an emphasis on educational institutions. Also worth checking for non-educational organisations. The catalogue also contains a short history of each organisation)
Online Catalogues (Listing of online catalogues for the partial whereabouts of records including Access to Archives [A2A], National Register of Archives [NRA])