South Seas Journals

Scope and Content

Journals or accounts from missionaries in the South Seas mission field to LMS headquarters. These journals or diaries provide a day-by-day account of the work of an individual missionary or mission station, and would probably have been written by the missionary in charge. Many were then sent back to the LMS Headquarters for publication, and extracts from journals can often be found in missionary publications such as the Missionary Magazine, the Chronicle, and published Annual Reports. Journals exist from the establishment of many of the early missions, and may include the journey of a missionary to their mission, or journeys to other outlying areas such as out-stations or islands. This is particularly the case in records for the South Seas.


Journals are arranged broadly chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access


Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of missionary journals for the South Seas, 1796-1899 (list A2), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

Archivist's Note