Papers of Eliza Vachell Hope

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC201
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Eliza Vachell Hope
Date(s) of contents: 1895-1957
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 3 vols.


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Administrative/Biographical history: Eliza Vachell Krauss, later known as Hope (1879-1968) was employed as a private governess and as a nurse at Guy's Hospital. She was accepted as a missionary by the CMS in 1912 and sailed for the Fukien Mission in China in that year. She served at the CMS Hospital at Hing Hwa until her resignation from the CMS in 1936. She changed her name to Eliza Vachell Hope in October 1918 and she also appears to have been known by the name of Elsie Hope.
Reference: Manuscript register of missionaries (Women 1911-1914) in the CMS archives.

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS in 1969; 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 papers and photographs of Eliza Hope as a CMS missionary nurse in China, 1912-1936. It includes a record of probationary nurses at the CMS Hospital in Hing Hwa where she worked, an album containing photographs of hospital staff and patients, and a typescript copy of The Story of Christian Nursing in China by Sister Gladys Stephenson with manuscript notes by Eliza Hope.

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


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Eliza Hope's service as a CMS missionary.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 5/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002

Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work

Personal names
Hope | Eliza Vachell | 1879-1968 | missionary nurse
Hope | Elsie x Hope | Eliza Vachell
Krauss | Eliza Vachell x Hope |Elsie
Stephenson | Gladys | d 1989 | medical missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Asia