Anderson Collection

Reference code(s): GB 1835 AND
Held at: Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (formerly known as the Henry Martyn Centre)
Domain: printed
Title: Anderson Collection
Date(s) of contents: 1898-1987
Level of description: Collection
Extent and medium: 1 box of booklets, pamphlets, and a few personal papers.


Name of creator(s): Anderson, Norman (1908-1994)

Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Norman Anderson was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. He graduated with a double first in law from Cambridge University and becoming a member of CICCU (Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union). After leaving Cambridge, he spent time with the Nile Mission Press in Cairo before serving with the Egypt General Mission where he necame fluent in Arabic and began his lie-long study of Islam and Islamic law. He was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in the Second World War, eventually becoming Political Secretary for Arab Affairs in the Foreign Office in London advising on post-war developments in Arabia. In 1946 he returned to Cambridge as warden of Tyndale House. After three years he moved to the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, as lecturer in Islamic Law, becoming the first Professor of Oriental Laws in 1954. For the next thirty years he published over sixty articles and books concerning the Islamic law code, During this time he also served as part-time Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. In 1970 he was elected the first Chairman of the House of Laity of the General Synod of the Church of England. He was awarded an OBE in 1945, was appointed a QC in 1974 and was knighted in 1975. He died on December 1994.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was donated to the Henry Martyn Centre by John Trapnell in 1995.


Scope and content/abstract: Collection consists chiefly of booklets and pamphlets relating to the Egypt General Mission, 1898-1944, Christianity and mission and Islam. Writers include Anderson himself, Samuel Zwemer, Reverend John Stott and the Right Reverend Lesslie Newbigin. There are also a few personal letters.

System of arrangement: The material is contained in one box, divided into four sections: personal letters, pamphlets etc. on the Egyptian General Mission, Christianity, mission and Islam.


Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Contact repository for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: A handlist is available.


Copies: Can be provided


Note: Compiled using:
Biographical dictionary of Christian missions, ed. by Gerald H. Anderson (New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1998).

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2002

Christianity and other religions
Missionary societies
Missionary work
Religious activities
Religious organizations

Personal names
Anderson | James Norman Dalrymple | b 1908 | Knight | Professor of Oriental Laws
Anderson | Pat | née Givan | Lady
Billington | Roy | Dr | Church Missionary Society medical missionary in Uganda
Church | Joe | 1899-1989 | Church Missionary Society missionary in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya and leader of the East African Revival
Church | John E x Church | Joe
Coggan | Donald | 1909-2000 | Archbishop of Canterbury 1974-1980
Jones | Lewis Bevan | 1880-1960 | Baptist missionary to Indian Muslims and Principal of the Henry Martyn School of Islamic Studies, India
Kivengere | Festo | c 1919-1988 | Anglican Bishop of the Church of the Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire
Newbigin | James Edward Lesslie | 1909-1998 | Bishop of Madras and Ramnad
Stott | John W. R. | 1921- | rector of All Souls, Langham Place and founder of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Zwemer | Samuel Marinus | 1867-1952 | Doctor | founder of the Arabian Mission of the Reformed Church of America

Corporate names
Cambridge Missionary Fellowship
China Inland Mission
Egypt General Mission