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), Rev Harold Barnes, Rev Josiah Soulsby, Rev Arthur Hay (LMS missionary, N. Rhodesia, 1942-1948), Rev A. J. Cross, Miss B. D. Gibson (International Missionary Council), Rev T. Cullen Young (USCL) and Mary I. Shannon. Subjects include the situation arising from the resignation of Reginald John Beagerie Moore from the UMCB in 1941, his subsequent transfer to Kashinda and the appointment of his replacement, Rev Arthur Hay, and discussions on the need for a resident missionary at Nchanga following the expansion programme for Nchanga Mine, including joint funding for a new mission house and other mission buildings. Also includes minutes of the UMCB British Committee, minutes of Team Meetings, accounts, reports on education, welfare and women's work in the Copperbelt, and papers relating to the 'Mass Education' / 'Mass Literacy' Experiment at Mindolo.

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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