Papers of Rev A. E. Richardson

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC56
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Rev A. E. Richardson
Date(s) of contents: 1899-1904
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 8 vols.


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Administrative/Biographical history: Albert Ernest Richardson (b c 1868) was educated at Oxford High School, London City Technical College and the University of Oxford obtaining a B.A in 1894, M.A. in 1897 and B.D. in 1901. He initially offered his services as a missionary to the CMS in 1895 but this was deferred. He was ordained as a deacon in 1896 and as a priest in 1897 and between 1896 and 1898 was curate of St Clement's, Ipswich. In 1898 he was accepted as a missionary and left for Lagos and then went overland to Tripoli as a member (with Walter Miller, George Burns and John Burgin) of a pioneer party for Hausaland Mission led by Bishop Tugwell. He returned to England from Hausaland in 1900. In 1902 his re-offer for service was accepted and in 1903 he went to Bombay. He reigned in 1905 on medical grounds. He was author of 'Hausaland and the Gospel'.
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from
1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905)

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS in 1954; 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 Rev A. E. Richardson relating to his service as a CMS missionary in West Africa, 1899-1900 and India, 1903-1904

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 Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Richardson's service as a CMS missionary


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 17/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002


Personal names
Richardson | Albert Ernest | b c 1868 | Anglican clergyman and missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

South Asia
West Africa