International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies Joint Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Joint archive, largely dating from 1910-1945, of the International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies, relating to co-operative missionary endeavours in Africa (chiefly British Africa, but also including areas under Belgian, Portuguese and French control) and India, in the form of correspondence, memoranda, pamphlets and reports, including material relating to various other missionary societies, comprising original files on Africa, and microfiche copy of files on India.

Administrative / Biographical History

The archive dates from the period after the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910. The Conference of British Missionary Societies was founded in 1912 with over 40 member missionary societies of various denominations. The International Missionary Council was founded in 1921 and its members comprised interdenominational associations of missionary societies in various countries and interdenominational field bodies. The two bodies shared premises at Edinburgh House, near Sloane Square, London, until the IMC became part of the World Council of Churches in 1961.

Arrangement

The archives comprise two sub-fonds: records of work in Africa and records of work in India.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The original files on Africa were deposited with the archive of the Conference of British Missionary Societies in 1977.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist for Africa (2 volumes) and India (1 volume) and database. Separate descriptions of the two sub-fonds for Africa and India are also available online.

Alternative Form Available

Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers.

Archivist's Note

Description originally compiled for AIM25 and Mundus projects in 2002. Revised by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to SOAS Archives in the first instance.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds records of the Conference of British Missionary Societies (Ref: CBMS); records of the Christian Literature Bureau for Africa and its succession by the International Committee on Christian Literature for Africa (part of the International Missionary Council) (Ref: ICCLA); and microfiche copy of the archives of the International Missionary Council (Ref: IMC).

Location of Originals

The original files on India are deposited at the offices of the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

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