Material relating to Madagascar Missions

Scope and Content

Papers on missions in Madagascar, 1864-1971 (some undated), largely dating from the mid-20th century, possibly collected by Margaret Burke and including some of her own papers, comprising various printed articles, typescripts, manuscript papers, and correspondence, on evangelistic and educational missionary work by the London Missionary Society and Friends Service Council (including its predecessor the Friends Foreign Mission Association) and on local customs, including undated photographs [1920s] of missionaries, indigenous peoples / inhabitants and local scenes.

Administrative / Biographical History

These papers were possibly collected by Margaret Burke, who worked for the Friends Service Council Madagascar Committee.

The Friends Service Council (FSC) was established in 1927 by the amalgamation of the Friends Foreign Mission Association (FFMA) and the Friends Council for International Service (CIS). The FSC is the standing committee responsible for the overseas work of the Religious Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland. Its predecessor the FFMA was formally established in 1868 in succession to a provisional committee set up a few years before. It remained an independent organization until it became a committee of London Yearly Meeting in 1918. Its fields of action included Madagascar, from 1867.

Madagascar was also among the mission fields of the London Missionary Society, whose first missionaries arrived in 1818.

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Acquisition Information

Donated in 1973.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds other papers relating to missions in Madagascar, including records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS) and papers of J T Hardyman (Ref: PP MS 63).

Records of the Friends Service Council and its predecessors are held at the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Library, London.