Papers of Reverend J. Sterling M. Hooper

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of Reverend Hooper, [1954]-1966, and personal ephemera, nd [1950].

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend J. M. Stirling Hooper (b 1882) was a missionary in India, and a writer of publications on the subject of Bible translation. His publications included:

  • The Approach to the Gospel (London, 1920)
  • Hymns of the Alvars (Calcutta: Association Press, 1929)
  • The Bible in India (London: Oxford University Press, 1938) and second edition published under the title Bible Translation in India, Pakistan and Ceylon (Indian Branch, Oxford University Press, 1963)
  • The Temptation and the Establishment of the Kingdom of God (Madras: Christian Literature Society for India, 1948)
  • Greek New Testament Terms in Indian Languages: a comparative word list (The Bible Society Of India and Ceylon, 1957)

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( Accessed May 2002.


The papers are arranged into two series: correspondence and papers, and personal ephemera. Thereunder files are arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

It is possible that the Reverend (James Edward) Lesslie Newbigin acquired these papers, as they were stored with his own collection, but there is no information regarding their provenance.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website: and in paper format within the Department.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

Related Material

The collection contains a quantity of printed material. This is now stored and catalogued separately.

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.