Papers collected by Rev. Canon R. W. Howard for projected life of Bishop Christopher B. R. Sargent

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC20
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers collected by Rev. Canon R. W. Howard for projected life of Bishop Christopher B. R. Sargent
Date(s) of contents: 1906-1953
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 5 bundles, 68 docs., 1 file


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Administrative/Biographical history: Rev Robert Wilmot Howard (1887-1960) was educated at Weymouth College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1912 and became Tutor to St Aidan's Theological College, Birkenhead, 1912-1915 and was later chaplain and Vice-Principal there. During the First World War, he served as chaplain to the British Expeditionary Forces, 1916-1919. From 1920-1923, he was Home Education Secretary of the CMS, then becoming Assistant Master at Eton College, 1924-1928 and Headmaster of Liverpool College, 1928-1945. He was appointed Canon Diocesan of Liverpool Cathedral in 1943 and then Canon Emeritus from 1945. He was Rector of St Peter-le-Bailey, and Master of St Peter's Hall, Oxford, 1945-1955. He died in 1960. His publications included A Merry Mountaineer: the story of Clifford Harris of Persia, 1931; Talks in Preparation for Confirmation, 1941; Should Women be Priests?, 1949; and author and editor of the CMS Handbook, Workers Together, 1924.
Reference: Who was who, 1951-1960.

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Mrs. N. Howard, Tetbury, Gloucestershire July 1961; 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 comprises research and other materials acquired and collected by Howard for a proposed biography of the Rt Rev Christopher B. R. Sargent (1906-1943) who was Assistant Bishop in Fukien, China, 1938-1940 and then Bishop, 1940-1943. It appears that Howard did not publish a biography and there is no text or drafts of a manuscript in this collection. The materials include copies of circular letters of Sargent, which he wrote as Assistant Bishop and then Bishop in Fukien, 1938-1941; letters from friends and relatives of Sargent to Howard which both pre date and post date Sargent's death; a few letters from Sargent to Howard himself, 1940-1941; papers relating to the Bishop Christopher Sargent Memorial Fund, the appeal for which Howard was involved in (to provide bursaries for candidates studying for the ministry in the Fukien Diocese); and various printed materials and photographs of and relating to Sargent

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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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 16/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002


Personal names
Howard | Robert Wilmot | 1887-1960 | clergyman
Sargent | Christopher B R | 1906-1943 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Asia