Moule MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC285
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Moule MSS
Date(s) of contents: 1857-circa 1950
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 251 docs., 3 vols., 2 files and 2 items


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Administrative/Biographical history: Two sons of Rev. Henry Moule of Fordingbridge were CMS missionaries in the Mid-China Chekiang mission: George Evans Moule and Arthur Evans Moule. Six of their children followed them to work in Chekiang and one worked in Japan.
George Evans Moule worked in the Chekiang mission from 1858, being consecrated first Bishop of Mid-China 1880. He left China finally in 1911 and died 1912. He married Adelaide Sarah Griffiths in 1858. She died in 1909. George Evans Moule had three children: Adelaide Mary (in Hangchow 1894-1901: died at Hangchow 1901); Frances (in Hangchow 1894-1932: died at Shanghai 1943); Henry William (in Hangchow 1896-1922: died 1953).
Arthur Evans Moule served in Mid-China 1861-1894 and 1902-1910. He died 1918. His wife Agnes Bernau (daughter of CMS missionary John Henry Bernau, British Guiana) died 1925. Arthur Evans Moule had four children: Walter Stephen (in Ningpo 1888-1925: died 1949) who married Agnes Lucy Wright; Arthur John Henry (in Chekiang 1889-1924: died 1930); William Augustus Handley (in Chekiang 1890-1924: died 1946); George Herbert (in Japan 1903-1911, 1922-1936: died 1949), who married Edith Mary Bernau.
Reference: Finding aid to the Moule MSS

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS by Dr. R. J. M. Gurney, November 1972; 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 the personal papers of members of the Moule family as CMS missionaries in China and Japan. It includes a substantial amount of detailed correspondence of different generations about family life and life as a missionary. This correspondence includes letters of Mrs Adelaide Moule, written to her mother-in-law, Mrs Henry Moule, from Ningpo and Hangchow, 1858-1875; and the journals, circular and other letters of George Herbert Moule and his wife Edith written from the Central Theological College, Tokyo in Japan, 1922-1936. The collection also includes photograph albums, including a presentation album to Archdeacon Walter Stephen Moule and his wife, Agnes on their leaving China in 1925. Other papers include the writings of some of the Moule family including books in Chinese by Arthur Evans Moule

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into three series: Correspondence, Family Papers and 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 the service of the Moule family members as a CMS missionaries. Other papers of George Evans Moule can be found in another collection in the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers (CMS/ACC98)


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


Personal names
Moule | family | missionaries

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa