Papers of Katherine Tristram

Scope and Content

This collection comprises personal papers of Katherine Tristram relating to her service as a missionary teacher with the CMS in Japan. It includes letters to her family, 1897-1922 together with extracts from her journals made by her friend, Alice Hodgkins, and extracts and copies of her correspondence with Alice Hodgkins, photographs and other miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Katherine Alice Salvin Tristram (1859-1948) was the daughter of Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906) Canon of Durham. She was educated at Gilchrist School and London University and became a mathematical lecturer at Westfield College, Hampstead. She was accepted as a Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary in 1888 and served with the Japan Mission where she was Principal of Bishop Poole's Memorial Girls School, Osaka. She resigned from service with the CMS in 1928.

Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 ( Church Missionary Society, 1905 ). ; and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives


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

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the CMS, c. 1948; 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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Katherine Tristram'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.