Methodist Missionary Society Library
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: The Methodist Missionary Society Library (MMSL) holds monographs, periodicals (magazines and annual reports) and pamphlets. These give accounts of the Society and its forerunners, of specific missionary fields and institutions, and of individual missionaries.
In particular, the MMSL documents the missions of: the Methodist Missionary Society (now the Methodist Church (Great Britain) Oveseas Division (1932 onwards); the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (mid 18th century to 1932); the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (1810-1932); the United Methodist Church (1907-1932); Methodist New Connexion Missionary Society (1797-1907); Bible Christians (1815-1907); United Methodist Free Churches (1857-1907).
The MMSL documents specific mission fields, such as: southern and west Africa (especially South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone); the Caribbean (especially Jamaica); central China (especially Hubei); southern India (especially Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh); Sri Lanka; and central Pacific (especially Tonga and Fiji).
As well as accounts of Christian evangelism the MMSL covers Methodist involvement in the provision of medical and educational services and vocational training, the Church's actions inregard to social problems and human rights, and the relation of a Europe-based mission to non-European cultures. There is an extensive holding of materials on the theology of the Church's mission (particularly from 20th century Reformed Church thinkers), the development of indigenous Christian ministries, and Christian cooperation and reunification. Publications include works in Asian, African and Pacific languages, from the early 19th century onwards.
System of arrangement: MMSL material is catalogued by author (both personal and corporate), titles (variant titles, particularly for periodicals, are given) and subjects. Subject headings include specifically missionary terms, plus terms relating to the Church and Christianity and to all aspects of religion and society, as well as non-religious and geographic terms. Missionaries, missionary societies and churches may be traced as authors or as subject headings.
ACCESS AND USE
Language: English, plus Asian, African and Pacific languages.
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
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Finding aids: Card catalogue and online catalogue (items are identifiable by the classmark MMSL). The online catalogue can also be accessed via Telnet at: lib.soas.ac.uk
Archivist's note: Compiled using information supplied by Warwick Harris, Missionary Libraries Cataloguer, School of Oriental and African Studies.
Date(s) of descriptions: October 2002.