Biographical Papers

Scope and Content

These papers are arranged by overseas region and then by individual missionary. Material - dating from the late eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century - includes diaries, journals, notebooks, letters, ms histories on missions and regions, ms biographical and autobiographical papers, published works and a few photographs. Comprises the following regions: Home, Europe, West Indies [Caribbean and Americas], West Africa, South Africa, Central Africa, Kenya, India, Burma [Myanmar], Ceylon [Sri Lanka], China and Australasia & the South Seas [South Pacific]. Includes the papers of the following missionaries of various Methodist denominations: Henry Badger, Samuel Broadbent, John Brown, W T Brown, James Calvert, Thomas Coke, William Dowson, Thomas Birch Freeman, Samuel Goodyer, S D Gray, David Hill, A J Hopkins, John Hunt, Thomas and Nella Mckenzie, Samuel Pollard, Charles Posnett, Barnabas Shaw, William Shaw, Edwin W Smith, Gladys Stephenson, George & Mary Swinnerton, John Thomas and George & Harriet Wrigley.

Access Information

The majority of the collection is only available for consultation on microfiche.



Brief biographical information along with references to where further information appears in printed sources is available from the Methodist Missionary Register. Please contact us for details.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright held by various, although mostly Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

Related Material

Obituaries for missionaries (where they were ordained Methodist ministers) can usually be found in the Minutes of Conference for the specific denomination they served.