Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0374 F4/2
Held at: British and Foreign Bible Society's Library, Cambridge University Library
Domain: archival
Title: Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies
Date(s) of contents: 1900-1914
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1 volume

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies

Administrative/Biographical history: The Association was formed on 4 April 1900, and was made up of the Secretaries of the following Anglican missionary societies: the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, the Church Missionary Society, the London Jews Society, the Colonial and Continental Church Society, the South American Missionary Society, the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, the Parochial Missions to the Jews, and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society. It also included the Anglican Secretaries of three non-denominational societies, the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, and the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission. Its object was "united prayer and the mutual discussion of such topics connected with Missionary work as may be of interest and importance to the Societies concerned."

The Association operated in much the same way as the London Secretaries' Association, to which many of the societies also belonged. It held two or three meetings each year, at which a paper was read and discussed. The last recorded meeting was on 4 November 1914.

Custodial history: In 1914 the Association's Secretary was one of the Secretaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and this is presumably why its records are in the BFBS archives.

Immediate source of acquisition: The archives were deposited in Cambridge University Library in 1985.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: The records consist of one volume of minutes, not fully used, and a few notes and letters, mostly apologies for absence. The Association discussed matters of missionary practice and policy, such as the training and status of lay workers, the need for Christian literature for non-Christian people, the need for annotated Bibles, industrial missions, the relations of missionaries to local churches, and the specific needs of the Far East. The minutes summarise briefly the papers and the discussion.

System of arrangement: As per the description in Scope and content.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: Refer to the University of Cambridge's online archival catalogue, Janus.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Records of the London Secretaries' Association 1819-1945, are also held at the British and Foreign Bible Society's Library.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Christians
Communication process
Conferences
Cultural interaction
Cultural relations
Educational missionary work
Group communication
Group discussions
Industrial missionary work
Lay missionaries
Missiology
Mission administration
Mission policy
Missionaries
Missionary societies
Missionary support organizations
Missionary training
Missionary work
Nondenominational missionary societies
Overseas/foreign mission administration
Protestant missionary societies
Protestants
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious organizations
Religious texts
Theology

Personal names

Corporate names
Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies
British and Foreign Bible Society
Church Missionary Society
Church of England
Church of England Zenana Missionary Society
Colonial and Continental Church Society
London Jews Society
Parochial Missions to the Jews
Religious Tract Society
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
South American Missionary Society
Universities' Mission to Central Africa
Zenana Bible and Medical Mission

Places
Asia