Gibbs, Papers of Mildred Eleanor

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA17
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Domain: archival
Title: Gibbs, Papers of Mildred Eleanor
Date(s) of contents: 1932-[1970s]
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 7 manuscript boxes containing 22 folders of typescript notes.


Name of creator(s): Gibbs, Mildred Eleanor (1901-1980)

Administrative/Biographical history: Mildred Eleanor Gibbs was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1901. She was educated at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University where in 1923 she gained a First in the School of Modern History. She undertook research into nineteenth century British constitutional history, for which she was awarded an MA from Manchester University. She became involved in the Student Christian Movement, and became a Church Mission Society missionary in India in 1932. From 1933-1962 she taught history at St John's College, Agra. Her publications include the monographs, From Jerusalem to New Delhi (1964), and The history of the Anglican Church in India, 1600-1970 (1972). Throughout her time in Agra she also edited The Diocesan Chronicle, Lucknow.

Custodial history: Under the original terms of her will, these papers were left to the India Church History College at Serampore College, West Bengal. However, the originals were deposited by Richard E. Gibbs (nephew of Mildred Eleanor Gibbs, and executor of her will) at Selly Oak Colleges Library, Birmingham, and a microfilm copy supplied to the India Church History Association.

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Scope and content/abstract: Research papers compiled by Gibbs for use in the composition of her publication The history of the Anglican Church in India, 1600-1970, published in1972.

System of arrangement: The collection comprises one series of research papers, which is further arranged into three sub-series: folders arranged according to geographical/diocesan region and related institution, folders of general background material, and an alphabetical sequence of biographical notes. Arrangement has been undertaken in accordance with what is thought to be the original provenance of the papers


Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

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: 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: 7 manuscript boxes containing 22 files; each file contains circa 250 pages of typescript notes.

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: The papers include a copy of the publication 'From Jerusalem to New Delhi. The Story of the Christian Church' by M. E. Gibbs (publ. by the Christian Literature Society, 1964), now stored and catalogued separately. The Special Collections Department, Edgbaston Campus holds the official archives of the Church Missionary Society which includes material relating to Gibb's service as a missionary (GB 0150 CMS)


Archivist's note: Compiled by University of Birmingham Information Services and revised by Caroline Brick on behalf of the Mundus Project, November 2002.

Note: Cataloguing of the papers was undertaken by the Special Collections department, University of Birmingham, in March 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.

Date(s) of descriptions: Created 03/24/2000, modified 09/5/2002 and November 2002.

Church history
Religious history

Personal names
Gibbs | Mildred Eleanor | 1901-1980 | missionary, teacher, and writer

Corporate names
Church of England

South Asia