Padwick Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA33
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Domain: archival
Title: Padwick Papers
Date(s) of contents: circa 1917-1945
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 27 pages of correspondence, 1 notebook and 6 loose pages of notes, 2 pages of printed material


Name of creator(s): Padwick, Constance (1886-1968)

Administrative/Biographical history: Constance Padwick (1886-1968) served as a missionary with the Church Missionary Society at Cairo, Egypt (1923-1939), Palestine (1939-1948), and North Sudan (1948-1957).

Custodial history: It is probable that James Windrow Sweetman acquired these letters and that they were deposited at the same time as his own papers with the Selly Oak Colleges Central Library [later forming part of the Orchard Learning Resources Centre]. Cataloguing of the records was undertaken by the Special Collections Department, University of Birmingham, in June 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of or acquired by Padwick, including: correspondence of Professor Louis Massignon, Canon W. H. Temple Gairdner, Dr. Samuel M. Zwemer and Padwick; notes relating to conversations between Padwick and Massignon; printed articles written by Massignon.

System of arrangement: Correspondence is arranged by correspondent, thereunder chronologically; individual files of correspondence have been maintained in the order in which they were found.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open.

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 (email: special-collections@bham.acuk). Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.

Physical characteristics: Previously stored in box file labeled 'Massignon-Padwick Correspondence'.

Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre and in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: Padwick was also involved with the Central Literature Committee for Moslems and records of this body are held by the Orchard Learning Resources Centre (GB 0151 DA7). Other material relating to her and her work can be found in collections held in the Special Collections Department on the Edgbaston campus: the official archives of the Church Missionary Society (GB 0150 CMS) and the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers (GB 0150 CMS/ACC)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 06/22/2000, modified 09/5/2002 Bassettp

Missionary work

Personal names
Gairdner | William Henry Temple | 1873-1928 | canon and Church Missionary Society missionary in Egypt
Massignon | Louis 1883-1962); Orientalist
Padwick | Constance Evelyn | 1886-1968 | missionary with the Church Missionary Society in the Middle East
Zwemer | Samuel Marinus | 1867-1952 | Doctor | founder of the Arabian Mission of the Reformed Church of America

Corporate names

East Africa
Middle East