Papers of Archdeacon A. Shaw of the Southern Sudan

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC111
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Archdeacon A. Shaw of the Southern Sudan
Date(s) of contents: 1905-1930
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 31 files, 2 bundles


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Administrative/Biographical history: Archibald Shaw (1879-1956) was educated at Bromsgrove School, Emanuel College, Cambridge and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1903 and priest in 1904 and became curate of Walcot, Bath, Somerset. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1905 and served with the Sudan Mission, initially stationed at Bor and subsequently at Malek. He was appointed Archdeacon of Southern Provinces of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in 1922. He retired in 1940 and he was appointed Archdeacon Emeritus by Bishop Gwynne. He died in Kenya in 1956.
Reference: Manuscript register of CMS missionaries, Men 1905-1907, in the CMS archives

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Rev. and Mrs. Selwyn, 1963; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

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Scope and content/abstract: This collection includes letters from Shaw, many of which are copies or copy extracts, relating to his missionary service in Southern Sudan, 1916-1930 and copies of his journals, 1905-1913. These papers relate to a period of considerable expansion of CMS mission work in this area and include, for example, material relating to work among the Dinkas and at the Juba Boys School. Some of the papers (F1/5-24) refer to him as Eaton Chapel Fox Memorial missionary. The letters also include some from other CMS missionaries serving in Southern Sudan, principally Dr and Mrs K. M. Fraser and Rev Cuthbert Lea-Wilson together with copies of 'Sudan Notes', a local news sheet about the mission work. Other papers include copies of addresses by Shaw and other missionaries, typescript reports of some early pioneering treks he made, and a text about sleeping sickness in the Sudan, a factor in hindering mission work. There is also manuscript and typescript texts and notes relating to vocabulary and grammar of the Jieng and Dinka languages

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers

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Physical characteristics: NB F1-9 are original bundles

Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.



Date(s) of descriptions: Created 4/09/2001, modified 16/09/2002


Personal names
Shaw | Archibald | 1879-1956 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa