Shaw, Mabel


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380319
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Shaw, Mabel
Date(s) of contents: Created 1915-1973
Level of description: Super-collection
Extent and medium: 3 boxes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Shaw | Mabel | 1889-1973 | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Mabel Shaw was born in December 1889, at Bilston. She trained at the Women's Missionary College, Edinburgh. In 1915, she was appointed to Mbereshi, central Africa, with the London Missionary Society, and sailed on 6 March 1915. She was the first single woman missionary to be sent by the London Missionary Society to Central Africa. Her work was chiefly educational, but also evangelistic. She founded the Girl's Boarding School, which later became known as the Livingstone Memorial School in Mbereshi, and which marked a significant new chapter in the education of African girls in Northern Rhodesia. In 1931 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her missionary work in central Africa. She retired from the London Missionary Society in 1941. In 1942 she was appointed to temporary service with the Church Missionary Society, and sailed once more for Africa on 9 April. She retired from the Church Missionary Society in 1952. She died on 25 April 1973 in Guildford.

Books written by Mabel Shaw included Children of the Chief (LMS Gift Book for 1921); Dawn in Africa (Edinburgh House Press, 1927); God's Candlelights: An Educational Venture in Northern Rhodesia (Edinburgh House Press, 1932); A Treasure of Darkness: An Idyll of African Child Life (Longmans, 1936).

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1981.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Miscellaneous papers, 1915-1973, of Mabel Shaw, including her correspondence (1930-1973) and circular letters; personal papers; prayer texts and poems; reports, including Decennial Report on the Women's and Girl's Work in Mbereshi (1930-1940); and miscellaneous photographs from Mbereshi.

System of arrangement: The collection has been arranged into the following sections: correspondence; personal papers; circular letters; addresses; prayer texts, poems and reports etc. Within each section, material is arranged chronologically where possible.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English and African languages

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

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

Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), and papers of Margaret Sabin relating to Mbereshi (Ref: MS 380320).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Christianity
Christians
Educational missionaries
Educational missionary work
Educational personnel
Educational systems
Evangelistic missionaries
Lay missionaries
Literary forms and genres
Mission schools
Missionaries
Missionary work
Photographs
Poetry
Prayers
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious doctrines
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Religious practice
Religious texts
Schools
Teachers
Theology
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials
Women missionaries
Women teachers
Women's education
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Shaw | Mabel | 1889-1973 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society
Livingstone Memorial School | Mbereshi x Girl's Boarding School | Mbereshi
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society

Places
Africa
Mbereshi
Northern Rhodesia
Southern Africa
Zambia