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.
Papers of Miss Lorna Bowden
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 150 CMS/ACC296
- Dates of Creation1922-1953
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description5 volumes, 5 files and 29 plus photographs
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Scope and Content
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Open. Access to all registered researchers.
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
A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.