Records of the Christian Frontier Council

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Christian Frontier Council, 1961-64; minutes of Frontier Management Committee, 1958-66; minutes of Frontier Publications Ltd, 1968-75.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Christian Frontier Council was formed in 1942 by a fellowship of about 30 people of all denominations who held responsible positions in secular life, with the approval of leaders of the Church of England, Church of Scotland and Free Churches "to explore practical implications of faith".

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed April 2002.

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

Provenance unknown. The collection was deposited with Selly Oak Colleges in 1979. It was then transferred to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued. A brief electronic description is available on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website, at http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 also holds copies of the Christian Frontier Council:, 1939-1975: Christian News- Letter, numbers 0-341, November 1939-July 1949; The Frontier, volumes 1-3, January 1950-December 1952; Christian News- Letter, volumes 1-5, January 1953-October 1957; Frontier(incorporating Christian News- Letter and World Dominion), volumes 1-14 January, 1958-Winter 1975/76. In 1958 the CFC's publication Christian News- Letter combined with World Dominion. The World Dominion Press, founded in 1924, was the publishing arm of the Survey Application Trust. Additional records of the Christian Frontier Council are held in the John Rylands Library, Manchester

The Orchard Learning Resources Centre and 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 records of the Survey Application Trust (GB 150 DA 41).