Spriggs, Emily Ruth

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC 172
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Domain: archival
Title: Spriggs, Emily Ruth
Date(s) of contents: 1897-1940
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 3 files and 95 photographs


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Elizabeth Ruth Spriggs was born around 1872. At the time of her entry into the CMS she was living in Gosport. She was accepted for service wit the East African Mission in 1897 and was sent later that year to Tanganyika where she worked at Mamboya, Kongwa, Berega and Dodoma.

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS in 1966; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises the personal papers of Emily Spriggs relating to her service as a CMS missionary in Tanganyika. It largely consists of manuscript copies and extracts of her detailed journal letters covering the early period of her mission service from 1897 to 1940 and these are illustrated with photographs, sketches and other items. There are approximately 100 additional photographs, all of scenes in Tanganyika.

System of arrangement: *


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Finding aids: A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calm.bham.ac.uk/DServeA/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.


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 Emily Sprigg's service as a CMS missionary.


Archivist's note: Description originally compiled by staff at the University of Birmingham Library.

Date(s) of descriptions: Modified for Mundus in 2005.


Personal names
Spriggs | Emily Ruth | fl 1897-1940 | Missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society