The collection contains the correspondence and scrapbooks of Frederick Tatford. The majority of the correspondence relates to Tatford's book series That The World May Know. Tatford wrote regularly to Echoes of Service editor Stanley Warren who was responsible for proof reading the series. The pair mainly discussed Tatford's research and the progress of his writing. Tatford and Warren were also close friends. Their letters reflect this, as the two men arranged to meet up regularly and offered prayer and support to one another during times of stress or illness. The seven scrapbooks contain cut out copies of articles which Tatford wrote for a number of publications and advertisements for events where Tatford was scheduled to lecture. It appears that Tatford created these scrapbooks to remember his achievements. Tatford wrote for a number of Brethren journals and magazines including The Harvester, Echoes of Service and Prophetic Witness. The majority of his articles focused upon his faith and theological beliefs. He wrote for example, numerous pieces on prophecy, the second coming and the Middle East. Tatford also engaged with current events, writing about his views on communism, nuclear weapons and divorce.
This collection would be a valuable resource for anyone researching the life and work of Frederick Tatford. The correspondence reveals the development of Tatford's ideas for his book series and illustrates the volume of research undertaken for the project. The scrapbooks appear to contain a copy of every article Tatford wrote and an advertisement for most events where he lectured. They also contain a huge number of positive and negative reviews of Tatford's published work. This would enable research into the reception of his ideas and the ways in which he defended his arguments when he encountered criticism.
This collection would also be a useful resource for anyone studying Open Brethren views on eschatology, prophecy and missiology.