St Colm`s College archive. Edit




  • 1839-2010. (Creation)


  • 8.50 linear metres (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Papers of St Colm`s College, 1839-2010, including minutes, journals, newsletters, visitors` books, correspondence, photographs and printed books.

    The history of the college is complex, and it has undergone a number of name changes. The Women`s Missionary Institute of the Free Church of Scotland began in Edinburgh in 1894. Increasing expansion of student numbers saw a larger purpose-built institution commissioned at 23 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh. Although supported by what was by then the United Free Church of Scotland (UFC), the building was funded by private subscription, and opened in 1909.

    In the meantime, since 1887 the Church of Scotland had been training women missionaries at its Deaconess House and Missionary Training Institute. Following the union with the UFC in 1929, a similar rapprochement took place between their respective Edinburgh women`s missionary training establishments. An overall body was established, known as the Church of Scotland`s Women`s Missionary College, and the two constituent establishments were renamed; the Women`s Missionary College becoming known as St Colm`s, and the Deaconess House and Missionary Training Institute as St Ninians. In 1960, the College officially changed its name to St Colm`s, finally becoming St Colm`s International House in 1998. In 2010, the Church of Scotland decided to sell the property at 23 Inverleith Terrace, and the college closed its doors for the final time.

    The archive incorporates records from the institutions of the Free Church, United Free Church and the Church of Scotland, but the bulk relate to what eventually became St Colm`s at 23 Inverleith Terrace. Also included in the archive are the papers of Effie Gray, student, teacher and lifelong supporter of the college.

  • Appraisal

    Duplicates have been removed.

  • Arrangement

    The honorary archivist partly listed the collection. The archivist kept the Effie Gray papers as a separate series and this arrangement has been maintained, although many of these are papers collected by Gray in relation to the college rather than her own personal papers and, as such, there is considerable overlap with similar types of record in the main archive.

  • Related Materials

    The archive of the Church of Scotland Board of World Mission. The archive includes the surviving records of all the churches that have been united within the present Church of Scotland since 1929, as well as the records of the early missionary societies. An overview of the scope and content of these papers is available on request.

    There are some papers relating to St Colm`s college in Acc.12398, held by NLS.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated, 2010, St Colm`s International House, Church of Scotland, through the good offices of Rev R. Anderson.Acc.13301

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