Leech Papers

Reference code(s): GB 1835 LEE
Held at: Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (formerly known as the Henry Martyn Centre)
Domain: archival
Title: Leech Papers
Date(s) of contents: 1939-1972
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: One box of papers; various maps and newspapers; one audiotape.


Name of creator(s): Leech, Bertha
Leech, Ralph

Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Ralph and Mrs Bertha Leech worked in Church Missionary Society Hospitals in Mego, Uganda and in Kenya between 1938 and 1964.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Given to the Henry Martyn Centre by Dr Ralph and Mrs Bertha Leech in August 1994 and June 1997


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of various materials: letters, pamphlets, booklets, maps, newspapers etc, relating to the Anglican church in Kenya and Uganda, the work of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in the region in general and the work of Ralph and Bertha Leech in particular from 1939 to 1972. These include letters from the General Secretaries of the CMS (including Max Warren and John V. Taylor) to missionaries in the field, and CMS annual sermons which reflect the changing nature of the organisation in the colonial and post-colonial world. There are also publications relating to the East Africa Revival, 1944-62 and the Mau Mau insurgency, 1952-1954.

System of arrangement: The papers are arranged in the same format as that in which they were donated. Lee 2,6,7,10,11,12 has CMS material Lee 4 East African revival Lee 5 Mau Mau movement Lee 8 Kenya Church documents Lee 9 All African Church Conference Lee 13 Maps Lee 14-21 Newspapers Lee 22 is an audio tape of an interview with Ralph and Bertha Leech taken in 1997


Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Refer to repository.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: A handlist is available.


Related material: The Henry Martyn Centre also holds the Billington Papers, and the Guillebaud Papers.

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

Missionary hospitals
Missionary societies
Missionary work
Religious organizations

Personal names
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
Cook | Albert Ruskin | 1870-1951 |Church Missionary Society medical missionary in Uganda
Goodall | Norman | 1896-1985 | London Missionary Society administrator, editor of the International Review of Missions and Assistant Secretary of the World Council of Churches
Hooper | Handley Douglas | 1891-1966 | Church Missionary Society missionary in Kenya 1915-1925 and Africa Secretary of Church Missionary Society 1926-1950
Leech | Bertha | Church Missionary Society medical missionary
Leech | Ralph | Doctor | Church Missionary Society medical missionary
Nagenda | William | 1912-1973 | Ugandan evangelist and leader of the Baloloke revival movement
Taylor | John Vernon | 1914-2001 | Anglican missionary in Uganda, General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society 1963-1974 and Bishop of Winchester 1975-1985
Warren | Alexander Cunningham x Warren | Max
Warren | Max | 1904-1977 | historian and General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society 1942-1963

Corporate names
All Africa Church Conference
Christian Council of Kenya
Church of the Province of East Africa
International Missionary Council

East Africa
Tanyanyika (Tanzania)