China Inland Mission China Council Minutes

Scope and Content

The China Council minutes record the discussion of the Council on administrative, regulatory and policy matters. Notably the minutes record the arrival, departure and deaths of individual CIM missionaries. Please consult the accompanying Index to the Minutes of the CIM China Council (1886-1947), (held on open shelves within the Special Collections reading room). The indexes to the minutes of the China Council are arranged by decade. Each period/date range index to the minutes comprises alphabetically arranged lists of: members of the China Council and the sittings of the Council at which these members were present; matters discussed in the China Council minutes e.g. foundation of the China Council, CIM constitution, faith doctrine, principles and practices, appointments of positions to the Council, policy and practices surrounding education, qualifications and training of candidates and missionaries (including Indigenous clergy, Chinese candidates outside and inside China), finance, travel and property management, station life, associate missions, key events such as the Boxer Uprising, CIM jubilee, war service; individual missionaries and others named in the minutes of the China Council; and finally, an index within each date range that includes an alphabetical list of the children of missionaries named in the minutes of the China Council.


The minutes are arranged by decade. The minutes for each period must be individually ordered using the order number that corresponds to the relevant date range. See Index to the China Council Minutes within the Special Collections reading room.

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Related Material

See 'Index to the Minutes of the CIM China Council' (1886-1947). With varying detail, the periodicals, 'China's Millions' and the 'Chinese Recorder' also provide a record of arrivals, departures, marriages and deaths of individual missionaries. All three reference sources are held on the open shelves within the Special Collections reading room.