Copper Belt [Copperbelt]: Correspondence

Scope and Content

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), James Arthur Ross (LMS missionary, Africa, 1904-1939), A. J. Cross (Secretary, General Missionary Conference of Northern Rhodesia), Rev T. Cullen Young (USCL), Joseph G. Soulsby (Methodist Church), Agnes M. Fraser and J. Tyndale Biscoe (Director of Native Education). Subjects include all aspects of the UMCB's work, including education, evangelical and women's work. There is also ongoing discussion re the Constutution of the UMCB. Papers also include Annual Reports of the UMCB (2nd, 1937-8); minutes of the Executive Committee, London Committee, and British Committee; UMCB Draft Constitution; reports from the mission field; financial statements; summary business of the General Missionary Conference of Northern Rhodesia; notes on the Evangelistic Campaign at Copperbelt, June 1938 (carried out by Rev James Ross, 10 LMS evangelists and 5 local evangelists); memorandum on co-operation between the Government and the United Missions in connection with Copper Belt Schools; memorandum on educational expansion in Northern Rhodesia; minutes of the Central Africa District Committee and South Africa District Committee, and a copy of the draft African Education Ordinance.

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 Copperbelt 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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