Papers of Richard Alexander Whiteside and Susanna Elizabeth Whiteside

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC317
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Richard Alexander Whiteside and Susanna Elizabeth Whiteside
Date(s) of contents: 1899-1954
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 61 docs., 1 items and 5 files


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Administrative/Biographical history: Richard Alexander Whiteside (1878-1923) of Preston, Lancashire, a cotton weaver was a Church Army evangelist before being admitted to the CMS Preparatory Institution and College in 1904. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1905 and sailed for the West China Mission the same year. He served at Auksien and Chunpa and opened work at Lungan in 1911. He was the victim of a serious assault by Chinese in 1911 and returned to England. He returned to Lungan in 1913 and was ordained deacon in 1918 and priest in 1919. After furlough in England he retuned to Mienyang. He was shot dead by bandits in 1923. He married Susanna Elizabeth Bryers (1876-1945) in 1910 at Szechwan. Susanna, formerly a dressmaker of Liverpool, was also accepted as a missionary by the CMS in 1905 and served at Auksien, Western China, before her marriage. Richard and Susanna Whiteside had a son, Laurence.
Reference: Manuscript registers of CMS missionaries (Men 1905-1907 and Women 1905-1907) in the CMS archive

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by L. Whiteside, Croydon, Surrey, July 1974; 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 papers of Richard Whiteside and his wife, Susanna (Susie) relating to their service as CMS missionaries in the province of Szechwan, Western China between 1905 and 1923. It comprises diaries, letters and other accounts of their experiences and missionary work including Susie's journal letters, 1905-1911, Richard's diaries of a journey to the Tibetan border in 1907 and another which records the period of the Boxer outbreak in March 1909. In addition, the collection includes licences, ordination and other official papers and certificates of Richard Whiteside including his letter of admission as a lay evangelist of the Church Army in 1899. There are also papers of their son, Laurence Whiteside in connection with a proposed biography of Archdeacon W. E. Owen and this material includes reminiscences and letters from CMS missionaries sent to him

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into three series: Family Papers, Official 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 Richard and Susanna Whiteside's service as CMS missionaries. Articles about the assault on and murder of Richard Whiteside appear in CMS publications: CMS Gazette, Dec 1911, p. 374; CMS Outlook, 1923 p. 219


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


Personal names
Whiteside | Richard Alexander | 1878-1923 | missionary
Whiteside | Susanna Elizabeth | nee Bryers | 1876-1945 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Asia
Szechwan Province