Letters of Constance Padwick

Scope and Content

Papers of or acquired by Constance Evelyn Padwick including: correspondence of Professor Louis Massignon, Canon W. H. Temple Gairdner, Dr. Samuel M. Zwemer and Padwick; notes relating to conversations between Padwick and Massignon; printed articles written by Massignon

Administrative / Biographical History

Constance Padwick, (1886-1968), served as a missionary with the Church Mission Society at Cairo, Egypt (1923-1939), Palestine (1939-1948), and North Sudan (1948-1957).

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ ). Accessed April 2002.


Correspondence is arranged by correspondent, thereunder chronologically; individual files of correspondence have been maintained in the order in which they were found.

Access Information

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.

Acquisition Information

It is probable that James Windrow Sweetman acquired these letters and that they were deposited at the same time as his own papers with the Selly Oak Colleges Central Library [later forming part of the Orchard Learning Resources Centre].

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

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. Materials relating to this collection may be found in the official archives of the Church Mission Society (previously known as the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East Anglican) (GB 150 CMS). Padwick was also involved with the Central Literature Committee for Moslems (GB 150 DA7).

Corporate Names