Copper Belt [Copperbelt]: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Rev Thomas Cocker Brown (Foreign Secretary, LMS, 1933-1948), largely with Miss B. D. Gibson (International Missionary Council), relating to work of the LMS in the Copperbelt and relations with its mission partners. Subjects include the formation of a co-operative home committee (the London Committee) with representatives of the different missionary societies working in the region; proposed Scheme for the Copperbelt, with budget; discussions and consultations following from the Copperbelt Riots and the findings of the Commission of Enquiry into the disturbances, with particular emphasis on religious work and the dissemination of literature by the missionary societies, and information on the United Society Book Depot. Includes notes of meetings on the Copperbelt, notes of the Executive Meeting of the General Missionary Conference of Northern Rhodesia, reports on work in the Copperbelt from Rev R. J. B. Moore, newspaper cuttings on the Copperbelt Riots, Aug 1935, 'Notes on the Watch Tower Movement in Mofwe Lukanga District, Northern Rhodesia', and a UMCB leaflet appealing for funds for work in the Copperbelt.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the early years, work of the missions in the industrial development of the Copperbelt was on a united basis. A report produced by the International Missionary Council in 1933, entitled 'Modern Industry and the African' led amongst other things to the formation of the United Missions in the Copperbelt (UMCB), in which the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Missionary Society (MMS), the London Missionary Society (LMS), the Universities' Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) and the United Society for Christian Literature (USCL) became partners. The UMCB had a London Committee consisting of representatives of the participating missions, responsible for planning its general policy and caring for the interests of cooperative work. The British Committee was a sub-committee of the International Missionary Council.

Reginald John Beagerie Moore was appointed to the Cooperbelt in 1934, and became the first London Missionary Society member of the UMCB. He died in 1943 at the age of 33.

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