Papers of Reverend (Arthur) Michael Hollis

Scope and Content

Correspondence of the Reverend Michael Hollis as Moderator of the Church of South India, 1948-1972.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

The Reverend (Arthur) Michael Hollis was a missionary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Tinnevelly, now known as Tirunevelly, Tamil Nadu, South India, before his appointment in 1942 to the Bishopric of Madras. In 1948 he left this post to become Moderator of the newly formed Church of South India, a position which he held until 1954. He also undertook several academic posts including Professor of Church History at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India.

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


The papers are arranged into one series of correspondence.

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

It is possible that the Reverend (James Edward) Lesslie Newbigin acquired these letters, as they were stored with his own collection, but there is no information regarding their provenance.

Other Finding Aids

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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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

Related Material

The collection contains a quantity of printed material. This is now stored and catalogued separately. The papers of Reverend (James Edward) Lesslie Newbigin (GB 150 DA29) also contain material relating to the establishment and affairs of the Church of South India.

The Orchard Learning Resources Centre and the University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.