This collection, known as the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers, comprises an extensive compilation of a large number of privately deposited collections relating to the work of the Church Missionary Society, both at home and through its overseas missions, and to its missionaries and their families. These privately deposited collections complement the official archive of the Church Missionary Society.
These Unofficial Papers include a large number of collections of papers of CMS missionaries and agents and their families which may contain diaries and journals, letters, photographs, manuscript and typescript writings, research papers, printed and other materials. They also include papers of sympathisers not officially connected with the CMS. Significant collections of this type include: CMS/ACC18: Papers of Bishop Llewellyn Henry Gwynne (1863-1957, missionary in Sudan) c1880-1957; CMS/ACC21 and CMS/ACC28: Travel journals and photograph albums of Edith Baring-Gould, (daughter of CMS Secretary, Rev B. Baring-Gould), 1881-1941; CMS/ACC27: Papers of Rev. William Arthur Crabtree (missionary in Uganda and philologist), 1888-c1935; CMS/ACC36: Journals and letters of Archibald Downes-Shaw (missionary in Africa), 1882-1889; CMS/ACC81: Venn MSS comprising diaries, biographies and correspondence of the Venn and associated families including papers of Henry Venn (1796-1873, Secretary of CMS) and John Venn (1759-1813, a founder of the CMS), 1619-c 1955; CMS/ACC82: Papers of Graham Wilmot Brooke (missionary in West Africa), 1883-1892; CMS/ACC84: Papers of Rev Arthur B. Fisher (missionary in Africa), 1892-1956; CMS/ACC88: Walker MSS being the papers of the Walker family and particularly of Robert Henry Walker (missionary in Uganda), 1887-1946; CMS/ACC89: Diaries and papers of Archdeacon Thomas John Dennis (missionary in Nigeria), 1893-1917; CMS/ACC91:Tucker MSS being the papers of Rev. John Tucker (Secretary of the Madras Corresponding Committee 1833-1847 and Secretary at Headquarters 1847-1852), 1826-1865; CMS/ACC285: Moule MSS comprising papers of various members of the Moule family including family letters of Adelaide Moule (wife of Rev George Evans Moule, missionary in China, 1858-1875); and journals, circular and other letters of George Herbert Moule and his wife Edith ( missionaries in Japan, 1922-36) 1857-c 1950; CMS/ACC348: Papers of Augustus Henry Lash (1838-1932, missionary), 1852-1921.
These Unofficial Papers also include collections of records of local CMS associations (supporting groups of CMS members) and associated organisations which may include minutes, financial records, reports and correspondence. They also include records of local associations of other societies with which the CMS has been linked or connected. Collections of this type include: CMS/ACC260: Records of Derby and Derbyshire Church Missionary Association, 1819-1821 CMS/ACC309: Records of the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society, Southport Association 1896-1958 CMS/ACC328: Records of the Bradford Church Missionary Association 1929-1967 CMS/ACC306: Records of the Kent Church Missionary Association, and the East Kent Church Missionary Association, 1821-49 CMS/ACC351: Records of Manchester CMS Association 1930-1971.
These Unofficial Papers also include some collections of research papers relating to the history of the CMS, principally: CMS/ACC87: Hole MSS being the research papers of Reverend Charles Hole, author of the The Early History of the Church Missionary Society, CMS/ACC318: Research papers of Gordon Hewitt relating to his publication The Problems of Success, a history of CMS 1910-1942 (1971-1977). In addition, the Unofficial Papers include numerous other small personal, family and miscellaneous collections and accessions, some of them consisting of only one or two items.