Papers of Miss Lorna Bowden

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the personal papers of Miss Lorna Bowden relating to her service as a Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary in the Weithaga District, Kenya. It includes her diaries covering the period 1922-1944 together with some separate diaries of trips including one to Mount Kenya in 1940; various letters to her family; and other miscellaneous papers including notes for talks she gave and a number of photographs including some of the building of Weithaga church in 1934-1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lorna Alberta Bowden was accepted for missionary training by the CMS in 1921. She served in the Weithaga District, Kenya and retired in 1953.

Reference: Deposit information


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the CMS in June 1973; 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

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 Lorna Bowden'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.