Papers of Agnes Lees
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Administrative/Biographical history: Agnes Jane Lees (1882-1971) was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham. She was employed as a clerk. She was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1915 and sailed for service in West India on S.S. 'Persia' which was torpedoed by an enemy submarine in the Mediterranean on 30 December. She landed in Alexandria after rescue and proceeded to Biladia. She served at Biladia from 1916, Kotra from 1928, and Lusadia from 1935. She retired to England 1947.
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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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises an unbroken sequence of personal diaries of Agnes Lees as a CMS missionary teacher in India from 1916 up to 1947. These diaries are maintained as a daily record of her life. During her service as a missionary, she returned regularly to England on furlough in 1921-22, 1927-28, 1934-35, 1939-40 and in 1946; she continued to maintain these diaries in her retirement living in Cambridgeshire and Kent.
System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
ACCESS AND USE
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 5/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002