Diaries of Dr Max Warren

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC303
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Diaries of Dr Max Warren
Date(s) of contents: 1965-1970
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 5 vols


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Administrative/Biographical history: Max Alexander Cunningham Warren (1904-1977), clergyman, writer, and missionary statesman. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge (B.A. 1926, M.A., 1931) and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 1926-1927. In 1927, he went to Nigeria as a member of the Hausa Band (formed in March 1924, following an appeal in Cambridge by G. T. Manley, CMS Africa Secretary, consisting of four members - Guy Bullen, W. H. Oswald, Norman Cook and Max Warren - who offered to CMS as a team to further missionary work among Moslems in Northern Nigeria). Warren reached Zaria in December 1927, but in 1929 was invalided home with tuberculosis. He was ordained deacon in 1932 and priest in 1933 and became curate of St John the Evangelist, Boscombe and Joint Secretary for Youth Work in the Diocese of Winchester from 1932 until 1936. In 1936 he became vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge and Secretary of the Cambridge Pastorate, 1936-1942. He then served as General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, 1942-1963. He became Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster in 1963.
He travelled widely, particularly to Africa and Asia. He was frequently invited to give lectures and to speak at conferences. He also wrote extensively including regular contributions to the monthly CMS News-Letter and numerous books and articles. His books included:
Loyalty (1935); Interpreters (1936); Master of Time (1943); The Calling of God (1944); Strange Victory (1946); The Truth of Vision (1948); The Christian Mission (1951); (Ed.) The Triumph of God (1948); Revival (1954); The Christian Imperative (1955); Caesar the Beloved Enemy (1955); The Gospel of Victory (1955); Partnership (1956); Challenge and Response (1959); Letters on Purpose (1963); Perspective in Mission (1964); The Missionary Movement from Britain in Modern History (1965); Social History and Christian Mission (1967); To Apply the Gospel (1971); A Theology of Attention (1971); Crowded Canvas (1974); I Believe in the Great Commission (1976).
References: Crockford's Clerical Directory; Who was Who, 1971-1980; Concise Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS, October 1973; 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 diaries of Max Warren relating to tours connected with his speaking engagements around the world: in Canada, 1965; South Africa, 1965; Holland, 1969; Uganda, 1970; Israel, 1970. The diaries include background information about the tours, comments on political and local church situation and visits he undertook.

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

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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 Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers include collections of papers relating to the Hausa Band with which Warren was involved, 1924-1930 (CMS/ACC293 and CMS/ACC115). It also includes a further deposit of typescript copies of Warren's travel diaries, 1943-1970 (as yet uncatalogued).
The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which contains material relating to Warren's period of office as Secretary.


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


Personal names
Warren | Max | 1904-1977 | historian and General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society 1942-1963

Corporate names

East Africa
Middle East
North America
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