Name of creator(s): Cox, Alan (b 1926)
Administrative/Biographical history: Alan Cox, Methodist minister, was born in 1926. He worked as a draughtsman until 1944 when he was called up to serve in Germany and Palestine. In 1949 he spent a year at Cliff College and then trained at Hartley Victoria College in Manchester. He had ministries in various locations becoming Superintendent Minister of the Hemel Hempstead circuit before his retirement in 1992. Cox had a lifelong interest in missions and in work with children. While at Cliff College he had met Alan Roberts who, with his wife Doris, became a missionary in Nigeria. Cox was one of their most effective supporters and was particularly successful in interesting others in the Ovim (later Uzuakoli) Motherless Babies Home which they started in Eastern Nigeria in 1958. Cox continued to take an interest in the Home even after the Roberts were moved to Port Harcourt in 1959. The work continued, closely connected to the Leprosy Settlement at Uzuakoli, supervised by Bella Teite and then Nona Bell. Shortly before his retirement Cox was granted a sabbatical to travel to Nigeria and to research and write about the history of the home.
Custodial history: The material was collected by Alan Cox while writing Uzuakoli Miracle the story of the Motherless Babies Home in Eastern Nigeria.
Immediate source of acquisition: The material was presented to the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World by the Reverend Alan Cox in 1993.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Material includes correspondence about the collection (1993); prayer letters of Alan and Doris Roberts founders of the Home (1955-1960) and of Nona Bell, a sister at the Home (1961-1964); letters and accounts relating to money raised by Cox (1958-1960); notes on the history of the home by Alfred (Fred) Hasted (Welfare Officer), Bella Teite and Enid Johnson (various dates); letters to Hasted from Nigeria referring to the Home (1970-1982); and articles and reports relating to Uzuakoli, the Home and Leprosy Settlement, with some maps (1960-90).
System of arrangement: The material has been arranged as described above.
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Contact the repository for details.
Conditions governing reproduction: Contact the repository for details.
Finding aids: A handlist is available.
Related material: The archives of the Methodist Missionary Society are held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University; Cox's Uzuakoli Miracle is in the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World library. The Centre library has other collections of archives and material relating to Nigeria.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Caroline Brown, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh University.
Note: The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) the collection itself (2) Uzuakoli Miracle, Alan Cox (Alan Cox, 1991)
Date(s) of descriptions: 7 July 2001