Papers of Miss Mary T. Myers

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC6
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Miss Mary T. Myers
Date(s) of contents: 1919-1960
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 28 docs., 7 bundles, 1 vol., 2 files, 3 items


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Administrative/Biographical history: Mary Theresa Myers (1880-1959) was accepted as a missionary with the CMS in 1908. She served with the Palestine Mission where she worked at the Nazareth Orphanage, 1908-1914. In 1917, she joined the Egypt Mission and worked as a missionary teacher at the Wad Medani girls’ school, where she largely taught Muslim girls, up until her retirement in 1940. The school grew rapidly during her time there because of the development of the Gezira cotton-growing area after the opening of the Sennar Dam in 1925.
References: Manuscript register of CMS missionaries, women, 1908-1910 in the CMS archive; Gordon Hewitt, The Problems of Success: a history of the Church Missionary Society 1910-1942 (SCM Press Ltd, 1971)

Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Mrs. E. Barter, Jan 1960; 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 notes, drafts of addresses and talks, some correspondence, sketches, photographs, postcards, printed material and other personal papers of Mary Myers, relating mainly to the education of girls in the Sudan and particularly to her work at the Wad Medani school in the Sudan, where she was headmistress. There are some letters from and photographs of girl guides at the school, and a few photographs relating to her work at the Nazareth Orphanage in Palestine and some samples of Palestinian needle lace.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into a single 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 Mary Myers' service as a CMS missionary teacher.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 15/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002

Educational missionary work

Personal names
Myers | Mary Theresa | 1880-1959 | Educational missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa