Signed minutes of the Eastern (1923-1952), Western (1923-1952), Finance (1923-1931), Finance & General Purposes (1931-1950), Joint Finance and General Purposes (1942-1952), and Emergency committees (October 1939 to July 1942).
'Sectional' Committee Minute Books
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- ReferenceGB 102 MMS/01/01/09
- Dates of Creation1923-1952
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description4 volumes
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Administrative / Biographical History
As part of the restructuring of the committees (as well as the general administration) of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in 1912 a number of sectional committees were either reformed or created. These sectional committees comprised: Candidates; Eastern; Finance; Home Organisation; General Purposes; Literature; Medical; and Western. Each was charged with keeping their own minute books but from April 1923 the minutes of the Eastern Committee, Western Committee and Finance Committee were filed together, with in October 1931 the newly merged Finance & General Purposes Committee being added. The remaining sectional committees continued to keep their own minutes.
At Methodist Union in 1932 the sectional committees were defined as Candidates; Eastern, Finance & General Purposes; Home Organisation; Medical Board; and Western. The proportion of members from each former missionary society was agreed for each committee and transitional committees, where appropriate, met for each former missionary society into 1933 (although they were not allowed to engage in any new work without the explicit permission of the General Committee).
At the start of the Second World War an Emergency Committee took over the functions of some of the sectional committees and in 1948 a Joint Finance & General Purposes Committee was added to the sectional committees (it being an amalgamation of the Finance & General Purposes Committee with the Women's Work Finance & Advisory Committee). In 1953 the practice of individual committees keeping their own minute books was returned to.
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