Long-term missionary personnel files

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Personnel files of missionaries serving on long-term missionary service appointments. Files can include Memorandum of Understanding/contract with missionary, application form, correspondence, reports and obituaries. Files have been weeded and routine, financial, travel and administrative correspondence removed.


Files are arranged alphabetically by individual missionary, with papers arranged chronologically within each file. In some cases there is more than one file per missionary, with sequential files organised chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

All missionary personnel files are closed for the lifetime of the individual in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Only those files belonging to deceased missionaries have therefore been transferred to the archive at SOAS. Personnel files for those missionaries still living are held by the Council for World Mission until they can be made available to the public for research, and will be transferred as part of future accruals to the archive.


Archivist's Note