Papers of Morris Gelsthorpe

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC300
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Morris Gelsthorpe
Date(s) of contents: 1924-[1973]
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 6 files, 2 docs. and 1 photograph


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: (Alfred) Morris Gelsthorpe (1892-1968) was educated at Hatfield College, Durham. He was ordained as deacon in 1919 and priest in 1920 and became curate of St Gabriel's, Bishop Wearmouth, 1919-1923. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1923 and served at Akwa in Eastern Nigeria, becoming Principal of the CMS Akwa Training College in 1928 until 1932. In 1933, he was consecrated as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop on the Niger and in 1938 was appointed as Assistant Bishop to the Bishop in Egypt and the Sudan, Bishop Gwynne. In 1945, when Sudan was made a separate diocese, he became Bishop in the Sudan where he remained until his resignation in 1952. He returned to England where he was rector of Bingham, 1953-1963 and Assistant Bishop of Southwell.
Source: Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1963-1964.

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS in July 1973; 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 official and personal papers of (Alfred) Morris Gelsthorpe which includes correspondence, copy minutes and other papers as assistant bishop and bishop in the Sudan concerning the interrelationship between CMS, its missionaries and the local church. It also includes a typescript biography, his own recollections and other miscellaneous letters and papers.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Official Papers and Miscellaneous 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 Gelsthorpe's service as a CMS missionary and activities as assistant bishop and bishop.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 7/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002

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Personal names
Gelsthorpe | Alfred x Gelsthorpe | Morris
Gelsthorpe | Morris | 1892-1968 Anglican clergyman and missionary

Corporate names

East Africa