International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies

Reference code(s): GB 0102 IMC/CBMS
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies
Date(s) of contents: Bulk 1910-1945
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 135 boxes and 851 microfiche.


Name of creator(s):
International Missionary Council
Conference of British Missionary Societies

Administrative/Biographical history: The archive dates from the period after the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910. The Conference of British Missionary Societies was founded in 1912 with over 40 member missionary societies of various denominations. The International Missionary Council (IMC) was founded in 1921 and its members comprised interdenominational associations of missionary societies in various countries and interdenominational field bodies. The two bodies shared premises at Edinburgh House, near Sloane Square, London, until the IMC became part of the World Council of Churches in 1961.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The original files on Africa were deposited with the archive of the Conference of British Missionary Societies in 1977.


Scope and content/abstract: Joint archive, largely dating from 1910-1945, of the International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies, relating to co-operative missionary endeavours in Africa (chiefly British Africa, but also including areas under Belgian, Portuguese and French control) and India, in the form of correspondence, memoranda, pamphlets and reports, including material relating to various other missionary societies, comprising original files on Africa, and microfiche copy of files on India.

System of arrangement: The archives comprise two sub-fonds: records of work in Africa and records of work in India.


Language: Mainly English; some French, German and Portuguese.

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids: Unpublished handlist for Africa (2 volumes) and India (1 volume) and database.


Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds records of the Conference of British Missionary Societies; records of the Christian Literature Bureau for Africa and its succession by the International Committee on Christian Literature for Africa (part of the International Missionary Council); and microfiche copy of the archives of the International Missionary Council.

Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers.


Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project, May 2002. Sources:
Rosemary Seton, Guide to archives and manuscript collections (School of Oriental and African Studies, 1994), p 9.
IDC Publishers, Missionary archives on microfiche.

Revised by Caroline Brick on behalf of the Mundus Project, November 2002.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002; revised November 2002.

Ancient religions
Colonial countries
Missionary societies
Missionary work
Political systems
Religious activities
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Religious organizations

Personal names

Corporate names
Conference of British Missionary Societies
Conference of Missionary Societies in Great Britain and Ireland
International Missionary Council

South Asia