Papers of Cecil Edward Seager

Scope and Content

Material, 1930s-1990s, relating to Southern Africa and the work of Cecil Edward Seager. Includes a video and transcript (16pp) of early cine-film from the period in which Seager was stationed at Dombodema and Tjimali (1930s-1940s); correspondence (1933-1994); press cuttings; and typescripts of a play written by Seager entitled A Christian Cavalcade (1948).

Administrative / Biographical History

Cecil Edward Seager was born on 1 April 1908, in Leicester. He was educated at Leeds Modern School (Secondary) between 1913 and 1926. On leaving school, he was accepted as a missionary student at the United Independent College, Bradford. He took an arts course at Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA in October 1931. He went on to read for a theology course at the United Independent College, which he completed in June 1933. In the same year he was appointed as a missionary with the London Missionary Society. He was posted to Inyati, Southern Rhodesia [Zimbabwe], where he became Principal of the Institution (school), with additional charge of the Inyati District. From 1937, he and his wife were stationed at Tjimali and Dombodema, Matabeleland. In 1941, he resigned from the London Missionary Society and took up alternative ministerial work in southern Africa.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1996 and 1997.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist.

Alternative Form Available

A digitised copy of the cine-film video (in MP4 video file on DVD-ROM) is available for viewing. Please consult Archivist to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Custodial History

The video within this collection was jointly compiled by Rev Seager and his wife during and after the period when they were stationed at Dombodema and in the Tjimali District, Matabeleland. They were based there for 5 years during the 1930s and 1940s. In addition, Rev Seager compiled the accompanying transcript (16pp) of the video in order 'to explain the views and events displayed'.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS).