These are the papers of the Christian Mission 1865-c1947.
The Christian Mission was an organisation established in London in 1865, which became the predecessor organisation to The Salvation Army.
Many early Christian Mission records were lost during the Second World War, but some originals have survived. The surviving records include original Christian Mission Committee minutes and minutes of the Christian Mission Conferences 1870-1878. Minutes of the Christian Mission Conference Committee 1875-1877 did not survive, but a transcript copy is kept within this collection.
The records also include transcripts of Christian Mission correspondence from 1875-1878, with many letters written by William Booth. The originals of these were also destroyed. The rest of the collection consists of reports and papers, a file of papers relating to buildings (many of these are not original archival material) and a series of magazines - these are duplicate copies from 1868-1878. A full set of the magazines is catalogued as part of the main library collection.
An additional section of the collection contains reference material.
The arrangement of the records is as follows:
CM 1: Minutes of meetings, divided into 5 sub-series: East London CM Commitee Minutes; East London CM Shoreditch Meeting Minutes; Minutes of the Elder's Meeting, CM Croydon; Minutes of the CM Conferences; and Minutes of the CM Conference Committee.
CM 2: Correspondence, divided into 1 sub-series: Letterbooks.
CM 3: Reports and Papers, divided into 8 sub series: Report of the East London CM 1867; Rules and doctrines of the CM 1875; Information leaflets; Finance and associated reports; Buildings; CM League; Foundation Deed; and circuit plans.
CM 4: Magazines, divided into 1 sub series: 1868-1878.
CM 5: Reference Material, divided into 3 sub-series: Press cuttings 1867; Press cuttings 1868-1871; and research papers.