Calvert, James


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMS Boxes 645-648
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Calvert, James
Date(s) of contents: 1837-1910s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 4 boxes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Calvert | James | 1813-1892 | missionary
Calvert | Mary | 1814-1882 | née Fowler | wife of the missionary James Calvert

Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Pickering, Yorkshire, England, 1813; a printer, bookbinder, and bookseller; while ill, a mystical experience drew him to missionary work, 1831; completed his studies at the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Hoxton, 1837; married Mary Fowler (1814-1882) and, with his wife and his friend John Hunt, sailed to Fiji for the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, 1838; worked at Rewa and Lakeba; returned to England to oversee publication of the Fijian Bible, 1856; returned to Fiji, 1857; returned to England, 1866; served as a missionary in South Africa, 1872-1880; minister at City Road, London, 1881; Croydon, 1882; went to Fiji for the mission jubilee, 1885; toured Australia and America on behalf of the mission; retired to England; minister at Finsbury Park, 1887; continued to revise the Fijian Bible; died at Hastings, 1892. Publications: Copy of a Letter addressed to the Rev Dr Hannah ... on the death of the Rev John Hunt [1849]; 'Mission History', in Thomas Williams, Wesleyan Missionary: Fiji and the Fijians, vol 2, ed George Stringer Rowe (1858); edited: John Hunt's Entire Sanctification (1853); John Hunt's translation of the New Testament into Fijian, Ai Vola ni Veiyalayalati Vou ni noda turaga kei na nodai vakabula ko Jisu Kraisiti (1853); David Hazlewood's A Feejeean and English dictionary (2nd edition [1872]).

Custodial history: The papers were deposited with the Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society from 1978.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1837-1910s, of James Calvert and his wife Mary, including James Calvert's journals, 1838-1886 (some gaps), including his experiences in Fiji and South Africa; Mary Calvert's journal, 1863-1866; certificates, 1838, including those for ordination and marriage; personal and family papers, 1839-1887, including baptismal certificates, 1839-1846, photographs of children, and poems; correspondence of James and Mary Calvert, 1837-1892, the correspondents including John Hunt and other ministers, and members of the Calvert and Fowler families; memoranda books on missionary conferences in Adelaide, 1866, Grahamstown, 1873, 1880, and Bloemfontein, 1874; printed proceedings of conferences at Pietermaritzburg, 1877, and Natal, 1878; manuscript notes and addresses, 1830s-1890s, including autobiographical notes, sermons, and anecdotes of mission life; c30 bills, 1870-1890; press cuttings and articles by or about Calvert, 1840s-1910s.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche. Originals to be consulted only with written agreement from the Methodist Church.

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 Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/WMMS), including letters from James Calvert (Ref: MMS/WMMS Australasia Correspondence Fiji).

Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers (SOAS ref: Fiche Box Number Special Series 33-5). Microfilm in the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed Gerald H Anderson (1998); Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers (1888); Wesleyan Methodist Church Minutes of Conference (1892), pp 30-2; British Library OPAC.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Autobiographies
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Diaries
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Linguists
Literary forms and genres
Methodism
Methodists
Missionaries
Missionary work
Newspaper press
Nonfiction
Ordained missionaries
Photographs
Poetry
Press
Press cuttings
Prose
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious doctrines
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Religious texts
Sermons
Social scientists
Theology
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials
Wives of missionaries

Personal names
Calvert | James | 1813-1892 | missionary
Calvert | Mary | 1814-1882 | née Fowler | wife of the missionary James Calvert x Fowler | Mary
Calvert | family | of Fiji, South Africa and London
Hunt | John | 1812-1848 | missionary

Corporate names
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

Places
Province of Kwazulu-Natal
South Africa
Southern Africa