Papers of Arthur Le Feuvre

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the typescript reminiscences of Arthur Le Feuvre as a CMS missionary in Ceylon and Bengal, 1881-1908 and his subsequent work as chaplain, together with photographs, drawings and watercolours collected to illustrate the biography and other miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Le Feuvre of Ceylon, a planter, was accepted as a Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary and was sent, as a lay evangelist, to North India in 1889. He was a member of first Band of Associated Evangelists with two other CMS missionaries, S. W. Donne and P. H. Shaul. He returned to England on furlough and was ordained as deacon in 1895. He subsequently became a railway and planter's chaplain in Bengal and Ceylon from 1908 until 1922.

Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 ( Church Missionary Society, 1905 ). and finding aid to the collection.


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the CMS in 1946; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Le Feuvre's service as a CMS missionary.

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