Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society Archive

Scope and Content

The minutes of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society including those of the General Committee, Secretaries' (later Officers') Meetings, Home Organisation Committee and Sectional Committees (principally Finance, General Purposes, Eastern and Western).

  • Home and General

Home incoming correspondence is extant from 1802 to 1896. Most of this correspondence originated from societies in the Home districts. The outgoing correspondence (both Home and Overseas) is extant from 1816 to 1914 and is arranged by area then by date.

Synod minutes and correspondence of other areas include the following:

  • North America, 1791-1883
  • West Indies, 1803-1947
  • West Africa, 1811-1946
  • South Africa, 1807-1945
  • India, 1817-1947
  • Ceylon [Sri Lanka], 1814-1945
  • Burma [Myanmar], 1886-1944
  • China, 1851-1946
  • Australasia, 1812-1888
  • Europe, 1814-1944

A handlist, with greater detail of date ranges in specific areas, are available to download from the holding organisation's Archives and Special Collections webpages.

Access Information

Please consult the Visiting the Library webpage containing access information for external visitors. The archives and special collections are available for consultation by special appointment only. To arrange an appointment please email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk . Allow at least 24 hours' notice. Please note that, in line with other archives and special collections, we require personal identification, and may, in some circumstances, ask you to provide references from your research supervisor or other suitable person or body.

The collections are reference only and must be consulted in the Reading Room with the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian.

Other Finding Aids

All catalogued archives' excel spreadsheets are available to download from the 'Archives and Special Collections' About Us webpage, under the Finding Aids tab.

Archivist's Note

Uncatalogued but handlist available to download.