Letters and photographs of Miss Emilie Stroelin

Scope and Content

This collection comprises personal letters and photographs of Miss Emilie Stroelin, as a missionary teacher with the CEZMS and later the CMS in Meerut, India. The collection includes some letters sent to her at the Civil Prisoners 'camp in Bombay, 1916; plans of the mission house where she was stationed and photographs of her mission work in Meerut and also of a holiday at the Gossner mission in Kotgur. Other items include hand painted transparencies of different types of Indian servant which is accompanied by a descriptive list made by Miss Stroelin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emilie Stroelin was born in Germany c.1860 and was formerly a governess. In 1881 she went as a missionary to India under the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society where she was stationed in Meerut (Mirat). In 1904, she transferred to the service of the Church Missionary Society and she continued to work in Meerut Girls Schools until 1916.

Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 ( Church Missionary Society, 1905 ).


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Presented by to the CMS in 1973; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Emilie Stroelin'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. This includes the records of the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (GB 150 CEZ).