International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies: India

Reference code(s): GB 0102 IMC/CBMS/I
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies: India
Date(s) of contents: 1902-1963
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 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 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: Acquired in 1979.


Scope and content/abstract: Microfiche copy of the joint archive of the International Missionary Council and Conference of British Missionary Societies, largely dating from 1910-1945 with some material dating from 1902-1963, relating to co-operative missionary endeavours in India, and comprising minutes and papers of the National Missionary Council (NMC) and its successor the National Christian Council (NCC), 1912-1963, and of provincial mission councils (including Burma and Ceylon), 1913-1947; NMC correspondence and papers, 1912-1922, including some relating to the NMC survey, 1914-1920; NCC correspondence and papers, 1922-1951, on missionary work and related issues; papers on the NCC and the Christian Medical Association of India, medical work and medical education, 1928-1943; NCC Review, 1926-1950; papers on Christian literature, 1918-1943, and statistics for Indian Christians, 1922-1945; papers on NCC surveys on conditions in rural and industrial work and post-war economic reconstruction, 1927-1948; NCC mass movement and evangelism, 1929-1941; comity between different missions, 1917-1945; devolution of mission property, 1937-1947; the Jacobite (Syrian) Church (Orthodox), Travancore, 1929-1942; Benares City Mission, 1928-1949; interdenominational Church Union in South India, 1928-1947; various printed material, 1919-1957; papers on Indian government, constitutional reform, political affairs and independence, including implications for the Christian minority, 1915-1950; general educational provision and educational policy in India, 1911-1925, 1940; the 'conscience cause' in education, 1902-1925; Village Education Commission (which reported in 1920), 1904-1922, and related subjects, 1924-1949; the '4 1/2 Colleges Appeal' for women's education, 1926-1930; the Lindsay Commission on Higher (Christian) Education, 1929-1931, and the resulting Central Board of Christian Higher Education, 1931-1948, British Advisory Committee on Christian Higher Education, 1931-1939, and American Advisory Committee on Christian Higher Education, 1931-1938; papers on the Indian Christian Colleges Appeal, 1928-1948; High Schools Survey and related subjects, 1916-1935; theological education, including individual colleges, 1919-1948; women's education, including medical education and missionary training, 1916-1949; various Colleges, 1920-1951; various printed papers on Indian education, 1938-1946. Some material relates to Pakistan, the Punjab, and Bengal, as well as to India as demarcated in the modern period.

System of arrangement:


Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Copyright held by the World Council of Churches.

Finding aids: Unpublished handlist and database.


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


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.

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Educational policy
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Human rights
Industrial areas
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Medical education
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Secondary schools
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Statistical data
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Corporate names
American Advisory Committee on Christian Higher Education in India
Benares City Mission | India
British Advisory Committee on Christian Higher Education in India
Central Board of Christian Higher Education | India
Christian Medical Association of India
Conference of British Missionary Societies
Conference of Missionary Societies in Great Britain and Ireland
International Missionary Council
Jacobite (Syrian) Church | Travancore, India
Lindsay Commission on Christian Higher Education in India
National Christian Council of India
National Missionary Council of India
Village Education Commission | India

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Uttar Pradesh