Foreign mission records of the Scottish Presbyterian Churches. Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS.7530-8022

Dates

  • 1822-1936. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0 Volumes (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection contains the surviving foreign mission records to 1929 (with a few documents of the early 1930s) of the churches which in that year reunited to form the Church of Scotland, namely the (Established) Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland, the latter itself the product of the union in 1900 between the Free Church of Scotland and the United Presbyterian Church.

    The bulk of the material consists of the letter-books of the conveners, secretaries, and clerks of the various Foreign Mission Committees, containing their letters both to missionaries and to supporters and others in Britain. Incoming correspondence, mainly from missionaries, is the next largest group. Finally there are a few minute-books, account-books, diaries, volumes of newspaper cuttings, and other miscellanea. The period covered is 1822-1929, but material is sparse until the 1870s. The letter-books are generally in continuous series, with only a few gaps, but the incoming letters are preserved only for brief periods, mainly 1880 to 1905 and 1918 to 1925.

  • Other Finding Aids

    Most volumes include a contents list: in the case of the letter-books these are revised replacements for the lists made by the clerks as they copied the letters; in the case of incoming letters the lists have been compiled in the Library. Index entries for persons who could not be adequately identified and who occur in less than four volumes, are recorded in MS.8990B.

    Not all of the manuscripts have been indexed in full.

  • Separated Materials

    For additional material, chiefly concerning William Anderson and Hope M Waddell of Calabar, the Indian pioneers Duff, Wilson, and Hislop, Donald Fraser, and the Scottish Missionary Society, see MSS.8942-8989.

    For further additions and continuation of the archive to 1964 see Acc.7548.

    For the main series of minute-books of the various Foreign Mission Committees see Dep.298.

    The original contents-lists of the letter-books made by the clerks as they copied the letters are preserved as MS.8990A.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Deposited, 1953, by the Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland.

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