Records of the Survey Applications Trust

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute book, 1967-81; copy General Purposes Committee minutes, 1961-62; files of copy minutes, accounts and correspondence, 1972-82; files of correspondence relating to the World Dominion Press and its publications, 1957-82; and other miscellaneous files. The collection also includes files of papers of the Grubb Institute for World Church Studies Trust (formerly World Church Studies Trust), 1970-73

Administrative / Biographical History

The Survey Applications Trust was set up for two purposes: to survey missionary work overseas and to promote the ideas of Roland Allen. The World Dominion Press was its publishing arm and its titles included the journal,  World Dominion (which in 1958 combined with the  Christian News-letter, published by Frontier), and the  World Christian Handbook. The Trust ceased to exist in 1981 and the GIBS [Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies] Church Studies Unit was the recipient of the remaining funds. A history of the Trust is described by Kenneth Grubb in a collection of papers, mostly about Roland Allen, under the title  Reform of the Ministry.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue  (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

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

This deposit appears to have been arranged with Selly Oak Colleges Library by David Paton in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals. See papers of David Paton (GB 150 DA 34); and records of Christian Frontier Council (GB 150 DA 8).

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