Records of the Church of Sweden Mission

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copies of minutes of Mission Executive and Board, 1973-82; copies of newsletter, 1975-84.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Church of Sweden Mission was founded in 1874 and has since then been the extended arm of Church of Sweden in its mission in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The first missionaries of Church of Sweden Mission went to South Africa and India in 1876. They were soon followed by others who set out for Zimbabwe, China and Tanzania.

The churches that were built up with the help of Church of Sweden Mission at the beginning of the 20th century are now independent and have their own leadership. During recent years the Mission has also established forms of co-operation with other churches and Christian organizations. One of the objectives of Church of Sweden Mission is to decrease the financial dependency of the churches with which it works and to increase the influence these churches can exert over the priorities of the Mission. The goal is mutual benefit and equality in relationships.

Reference: The Church of Sweden Mission, History (http://www.svenskakyrkan.se/skm/skmeng.htm). Accessed April 2002.

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.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued. A brief electronic description is available on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website, at http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.