Papers of Miss Mary T. Myers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection comprises notes, drafts of addresses and talks, some correspondence, sketches, photographs, postcards, printed material and other personal papers of Mary Myers, relating mainly to the education of girls in the Sudan and particularly to her work at the Wad Medani school in the Sudan, where she was headmistress. There are some letters from and photographs of girl guides at the school, and a few photographs relating to her work at the Nazareth Orphanage in Palestine and some samples of Palestinian needle lace.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Theresa Myers (1880-1959) was accepted as a missionary with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1908. She served with the Palestine Mission where she worked at the Nazareth Orphanage, 1908-1914. In 1917, she joined the Egypt Mission and worked as a missionary teacher at the Wad Medani girls school, where she largely taught Muslim girls, until her retirement in 1940. The school grew rapidly during her time there because of the development of the Gezira cotton-growing area after the opening of the Sennar Dam in 1925.

Reference: Manuscript register of CMS missionaries, women, 1908-1910 in the CMS archive; Gordon Hewitt, The Problems of Success: a history of the Church Missionary Society 1910-1942 ((SCM Press Ltd, 1971)).

Arrangement

This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was presented to the CMS in January 1960; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Mary Myers's service as a CMS missionary teacher.