Papers of Miss Emily Ruth Spriggs

Scope and Content

This collection comprises personal papers of Emily Spriggs relating to her service as a CMS missionary in Tanganyika. It largely consists of manuscript copies and extracts of her detailed journal letters covering the early period of her mission service from 1897-1904 which are illustrated with photographs, sketches and other items. The collection also includes nearly 100 photographs of Tanganyika, of missionaries and converts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emily Ruth Spriggs (b. c. 1872) of Gosport was accepted as a Church Missionary Society missionary in 1897 and left for service with the East Africa Mission in the same year. She served in Tanganyika, at Mamboya, Kongwa, Berega and Dodoma.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed May 2002.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the CMS in 1966; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Emily Sprigg's service as a CMS missionary. The Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre also hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.