Papers of Eliza Vachell Hope

Scope and Content

This collection comprises papers and photographs of Eliza Hope as a CMS missionary nurse in China, 1912-1936. It includes a record of probationary nurses at the CMS Hospital in Hing Hwa where she worked, an album containing photographs of hospital staff and patients, and a typescript copy of The Story of Christian Nursing in China by Sister Gladys Stephenson with manuscript notes by Eliza Hope.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eliza Vachell Krauss, later known as Hope (1879-1968) was employed as a private governess and as a nurse at Guy's Hospital. She was accepted as a missionary by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1912 and sailed for the Fukien Mission in China in that year. She served at the CMS Hospital at Hing Hwa until her resignation from the CMS in 1936. She changed her name to Eliza Vachell Hope in October 1918 and she also appears to have been known by the name of Elsie Hope.

Reference: Manuscript register of missionaries (Women 1911-1914) in the CMS archives.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Miscellaneous Papers.

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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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Eliza Hope's service as a CMS missionary.

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.