Papers of Rev. Harold Brelsford Lewin

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC276
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Rev. Harold Brelsford Lewin
Date(s) of contents: 1894-1928
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 3 vols., 1 file, 33 photographs, 8 docs. and 1 item


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Rev. Harold Brelsford Lewin (1873-1972) of Boston, Lincolnshire and was educated at Boston Grammar School. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1894 and served in Uganda until 1930. He was stationed at Kikoma and then at Mbarara. He retired from full service in 1930. He was married to Isabella, nee Fergusson (d 1950).
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Miss Dorothy Lewin, June 1972; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises papers and photographs of Rev. Harold Brelsford Lewin as a CMS missionary in Uganda from 1894 until 1930. It includes an account of a voyage across the Victorian Nyanza which he undertook in 1899; and several albums containing photographs he took during his time in Uganda, many with manuscript captions, which include group and individual photographs of people, both of missionaries and the local population, views, buildings and events. There are a few miscellaneous letters, including one to his brother in 1895 and Lewin's own letters of instructions from the CMS; and his writings comprising a manuscript account of the early life of Rev Aloni Muyinda, 1902 and the typescript of an article on caves in the Uganda protectorate. There is also an unascribed history of the church in Luganda.

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

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 Lewin's service as a CMS missionary


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 6/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002


Personal names
Lewin | Harold Brelsford | 1879-1972 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa