Papers of Reverend A. E. Richardson

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the personal diaries of Reverend A. E. Richardson relating to his service as a CMS missionary in West Africa, 1899-1900 and India, 1903-1904.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

Albert Ernest Richardson (b. c. 1868) was educated at Oxford High School, London City Technical College and the University of Oxford. He obtained a B.A in 1894, M.A. in 1897 and B.D. in 1901. He initially offered his services as a missionary to the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1895 but this was deferred. He was ordained as a deacon in 1896 and as a priest in 1897 and between 1896 and 1898 was curate of St Clement's, Ipswich. In 1898 he was accepted as a missionary and left for Lagos and then went overland to Tripoli as a member (with Walter Miller, George Burns and John Burgin) of a pioneer party for Hausaland Mission led by Bishop Tugwell. He returned to England from Hausaland in 1900. In 1902 his re-offer for service was accepted and in 1903 he went to Bombay. He resigned in 1905 on medical grounds. He was author of Hausaland and the Gospel .

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. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to the CMS in 1954; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.

Conditions Governing Use

See full catalogue for more information.

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 Richardson's service as a CMS missionary.