Papers of Rev. Henry John Lane-Smith

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC33
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Rev. Henry John Lane-Smith
Date(s) of contents: 1901-1938
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 4 files, 1 vol., 1 doc.


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Administrative/Biographical history: Henry John Lane-Smith (b c 1870) was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham, Queen's College, Birmingham and the University of Durham and was awarded his BA in 1899 and MA in 1904. He was ordained deacon in 1896 by the Bishop of Coventry and priest in 1897 by the Bishop of Worcester. He served as curate at All Saints, Birmingham, 1899-1900 and then at St George's, Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1900. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1900 and left later the same year for Bombay, Western India Mission. He worked among Moslems at Aurangabad until 1918 when he moved to Nasik. He was Secretary of the Western India Mission, 1919-1923 and then Superintendent Missionary of the Diocesan Mission to Moslems in Bombay, 1925-1930. He was chaplain at Hyderabad, 1930-1931 when he retired from service with the CMS. He married Sarah Ann Lamb in 1901.
References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 Church Missionary Society, 1905; Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1961-62

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Rev. H. J. Lane-Smith, 1961; 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 Henry Lane-Smith, relating to his service as a CMS missionary, working amongst Moslems with the Western India Mission. It contains his circular and annual letters, 1904-1919 and various printed and duplicated materials including copies of The Bombay Muhammadan News, 1901-1903 which was edited by Lane-Smith, annual reports of the CMS Urdu mission, 1907-1918/19 and a volume of newspaper cuttings entitled 'Islamics' containing cuttings from both Indian and English newspapers, 1905-1906. The collection also contains copies of some of Lane-Smith's writings and a number of photographs

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: 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 Henry Lane-Smith's service as a CMS missionary


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 16/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002


Personal names
Smith | Henry John | Lane- | b c 1870 | Anglican clergyman and missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

South Asia