Papers of Vivyan Henry Donnithorne

Scope and Content

This collection comprises personal papers of Vivyan Donnithorne as a missionary including letters, printed papers, newspaper cuttings, printed materials, papers relating to the West China Evangelistic Band.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

Vivyan Henry Donnithorne (1886-1968) served in 11th Hampshire Regiment during First World War. He married Gladys Ingram (d. 1977) in 1916 and they became Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries to Western China in 1919 until 1945. They then served as missionaries with the West China Evangelistic Band at Pehpei 1943-1951 and then in Hong Kong from 1953.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed May 2002.


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

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Other Finding Aids

See full catalogue for more information.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers includes other collections of papers of the Donnithorne family: CMS/ACC232 and CMS/ACC251. The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Donnithorne's service as a CMS missionary.