Records of the Friends of the Church in China

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various papers, including correspondence relating to the inception of the Friends of the Church in China, its charitable status and other general correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Friends of the Church in China organisation was set up in 1984 (its first Annual General Meeting was held on 29 Sep 1984) to encourage people in Britain who have a concern to understand what is happening in China and who want to maintain a praying fellowship with Chinese Christians. Its main object is to provide a common means of friendship, information, mutual support and understanding between Christians in the UK and Ireland and the Church in the People's Republic of China represented by the China Christian Council, by means of meetings, publications and visits.

Reference: Information taken from the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Orchard Learning Centre in 1996/1997.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

Related Material

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals. These include the Papers of David Macdonald Paton (1913-1992), a missionary in China (GB 150 DA34).