Missionary Portraits

Scope and Content

Collection of portraits of London Missionary Society missionaries in a variety of media, including photographs, engravings and glass lantern slides. Also includes portraits of figures associated with the London Missionary Society.


The initial deposit of portraits was arranged in two series, with those from the period pre-1945 found in Series 1 (boxes 1-6), and those from post-1945 found in Series 2 (boxes 9-12). Within each of the two series, portraits are arranged alphabetically by missionary, with the portraits of married couples being filed together. The collection also includes copies of engravings of London Missionary Society missionaries taken from the 'Evangelical Magazine' (box 7), a collection of portraits and engravings of miscellaneous individuals associated with the work of the London Missionary Society, including ministers, family members of missionaries and Secretaries of the Society (box 8), and images of London Missionary Society Associates and 'overseas leaders', being figures of significance for the Society and its history (Box 12). Contents of these boxes are as follows:

Box 1 Series 1, Surnames A-C

Box 2 Series 1, Surnames D-I

Box 3 Series 1, Surnames J-L

Box 4 Series 1, Surnames M-Q

Box 5 Series 1, Surnames R-S

Box 6 Series 1, Surnames T-Z

Box 7 Engravings of missionaries from the Evengelical Magazine

Box 8 Miscellaneous & Secretarial

Box 9 Series 2, Surnames A-G

Box 10 Series 2, Surnames H-N

Box 11 Series 2, Surnames O-Z & Associates

Box 12 Series 2, Overseas Leaders

Later additions to the collection comprise portraits from the 1960s to the early 1990s, including missionaries whose service began with the London Missionary Society and ended with the Council for World Mission, following its creation in 1977, and those missionaries who transferred their service from the English Presbyterian Mission in the 1970s. Within each set portraits are arranged alphabetically by missionary.

Box 13 Series 3, Surnames Adams-Mills

Box 14 Series 3, Surnames Mokobi-Wright

Box 15 Series 3, Former Presbyterian Missionaries

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Unpublished list of Missionary Portraits available for consultation.

Archivist's Note


Related Material

See also oversize missionary portraits (ref: CWM/LMS/Home/Oversize Portraits) for additional images of James Chalmers, James Duthie, David Livingstone, Walter Medhurst, Robert Morrison, William Muirhead, William Roby, James Sibree, Rev T. E. Slater, William Thompson and Ralph Wardlaw Thompson.