Copper Belt [Copperbelt]: Correspondence

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Correspondence of Rev Thomas Cocker Brown (Foreign Secretary, LMS, 1933-1948) relating to work of the LMS in the Copperbelt and relations with its mission partners. Correspondents include Rev Reginald John Beagerie Moore (LMS missionary, Central Africa, 1933-1943), Miss B. D. Gibson (International Missionary Council), and A. T. Williams (District Commissioner). Subjects include negotiations for the 'Mindolo lease' - a strip of land between the Mission holding and Nkana Mineral Area, including correspondence with the Nkana District Officer; education in the Copperbelt; literature programmes, and work in connection with Recreation Centres. Also includes Draft Constitution of UMCB; annual reports of UMCB (1st, 1936-7 and 4th, 1939-40); draft budgets and financial statements of UMCB; report of interview with Director of Native Education; reports from mission field, by David Greig and A. J. Cross; minutes of the London Committee, and a memorandum re work of the Literature Superintendent with the Inter-Mission Team in Northern Rhodesia.

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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