Papers of Eleanor Harrison

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the manuscript journal letters of Eleanor Harrison relating to her service as a CMS missionary with the Fukien Mission in China in three volumes, 1896-1913, together with printed circular letters, 1916-1922 and an account of finding her remains, with photograph of the search party, in 1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eleanor Jane Harrsion (1872-1930) of Cookley, Kidderminster was formerly an assistant in a library. She was accepted as a missionary with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1896 and served with the Fukien Mission in China until 1922. She was initially stationed at Kosangche. In 1902, she went to Tangtau on the island of Hai-tan to open a new station. She returned home in 1922 because of family circumstances but rejoined the CMS in 1929. She was murdered by bandits in China in 1930.

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 a single series: Family Papers

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the CMS in April 1961; 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.


Further deposits are not expected.

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 Eleanor Harrison'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.