Methodist Missionary Society Library


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMSL
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: printed
Title: Methodist Missionary Society Library
Date(s) of contents:
Level of description: Collection
Extent and medium: c 6,500 printed items (monographs, periodicals and pamphlets).

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s):
Methodist Church (Great Britain) Overseas Division
Methodist Missionary Society

Administrative/Biographical history:

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies also holds the archive of the Methodist Missionary Society.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Biographies
Christianity
Christians
Cultural interaction
Cultural policy
Cultural relations
Educational missionary work
Evangelistic missionary work
History
Human rights
Industrial missionary work
Literary forms and genres
Medical missionary work
Methodism
Methodists
Missiology
Missionaries
Missionary societies
Missionary training
Missionary work
Prose
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious history
Religious organizations
Religious studies
Social problems
Theology

Personal names

Corporate names
Bible Christians
Methodist Church Overseas Division
Methodist Missionary Society
Methodist New Connexion Missionary Society
Primitive Methodist Missionary Society
United Methodist Church
United Methodist Free Churches

Places
Africa
Americas
Andhra Pradesh
Asia
Caribbean
China
East Asia
Fiji
Ghana
Hubei
India
Jamaica
Karnataka
Nigeria
Oceania
Sierra Leone
South Africa
South Asia
Southern Africa
Sri Lanka
Tonga
West Africa
Zambia
Zimbabwe