Scope and Content

Scrapbooks, compiled largely by Lilias Trotter and also by Mabel Grautoff, containing postcards, photographs, illustrations and watercolour paintings, cuttings, tracts and published materials.

Administrative / Biographical History

Compiled mainly by Lilias Trotter, the scrapbooks were another way of recording events - travels, ministries (including lots of samples of children's work), rallies, literature work, etc. of the Algiers Mission Band. They include postcards and photographs of places and people, prayer points and letters to supporters at home, extracts from 'El Couffa', the internal magazine of the Band, and newspaper cuttings. The war scrapbook contains names of relatives of members' families who are serving with the armed forces. It appears that Lilias continued to make scrapbooks, with postcards, poems, hymns, praise and prayer items as a kind of record of ministry activity. Literature features increasingly prominently in her scrapbooks, with samples of printed tracts. In her final scrapbook, a photograph album begun in 1920, her handwriting gives way to that of Helen Freeman who succeeded her and clearly wished to keep the record going.

The two 'Miliana' scrapbooks give an insight into the ministry of Mabel Grautoff in particular, who was based at Miliana throughout these years. Regular classes went on in Miliana, and many samples of the children's work and programmes are included, as well as photographs of Arab children and friends. The ministry also included regular itineration into the south of the country, as far as the Sahara. She took a keen interest in the M'zab region around Ghardaia. There are articles and references to literature work, and a number of her own watercolours. She visited Egypt a number of times in connection with the wider literature ministry. Others who served with her at Miliana included Mary Watling, Ida Nash, Jessie Gray, Gladys Blackham, Miss Walton, Miss Sheach, Miss Drysdale, Miss Phyllis Russell, Miss Grace Russell and Miss Ryff.

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Archivist's Note

Materials in this series conserved by Graeme Gardiner, 2018.