Letters and diaries of Nancy Corby
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Administrative/Biographical history: Nancy Harris Corby served as a CMS missionary teacher in Uganda, 1930-1950. She was a teacher at the Gayaza High School and she was headmistress from 1938-1950. She resigned from the CMS in 1953.
Custodial history: Presented to the CMS by Miss N. Corby, Aug 1961; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises letters which Nancy Corby wrote to her family, principally from Kampala, Uganda where she was serving as a CMS missionary teacher in a secondary school, 1930-1950, together with a few written from The Willows, a CMS Training College for women, in 1929. These are often detailed and informative letters and include enclosures of printed and other ephemera. A letter of 1942, for example, describes the coronation of the Kabaka of Uganda and is accompanied by the official printed programme. Her papers also include three diaries, two of which relate to holidays in Kenya and Central Africa, 1930-1933, one of which contains postcards. The collection also includes a few letters from friends of Nancy to her mother, Mrs Corby, 1937.
System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
ACCESS AND USE
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 Nancy Corby's service as a CMS missionary.
Date(s) of descriptions: Created 16/08/2001, modified 10/10/2002