Tugwell, Herbert Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA44
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Domain: archival
Title: Tugwell, Herbert Collection
Date(s) of contents: 1887-1937
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 9 manuscript boxes, containing 20 files of papers and 28 vols


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Herbert Tugwell was born in Salisbury, c. 1855. From 1880-1889 he served as a curate in the parish of Petworth, Sussex . He then joined the CMS. His first appointment was to the Yoruba mission, in Christchurch, Lagos, where he worked from 1889-1894, holding the position of secretary of the mission from 1891-1892. In 1894 he was appointed to the Bishopric of West Equatorial Africa, a post which he held until 1920. On his retirement from Nigeria he became Rector of Mavesyn, Ridware. He held this position until 1927, when he finally retired from service. He married Caroline, and they had two children, named Herbert and Dorothy. He died on the 22 Jul 1936.

Custodial history: Deposited as a gift by Dr and Mrs D. Poole, though the date of the deposit is unknown. Cataloguing of the records was undertaken by the Special Collections Department, University of Birmingham, in July 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.

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Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Herbert Tugwell and his wife Caroline, comprising correspondence, 1890-1937, diaries, diary notes, and notebooks, 1890-1918, press cuttings, 1893-1924, personal ephemera, circa 1889-early 20th century, and miscellaneous publications, 1887-1920; the papers relate to the activities of Herbert Tugwell as a CMS missionary in Nigeria, 1889-1894, and as Bishop of West Equatorial Africa from 1894-1920, and also to his death in 1936

System of arrangement: The papers have been arranged into five series: correspondence, diaries, diary transcripts, diary extracts, and notebooks, newspaper and press cuttings, personal ephemera and miscellaneous publications. Files and volumes within each series have been arranged chronologically


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open This collection is held at Orchard Learning Resources Centre on the Selly Oak campus. All collections housed at the OLRC are currently made available for consultation in the Special Collections Department in the Main Library on the Edgbaston campus. Researchers are therefore required to make an appointment with the University Archivist to consult this collection and to give at least one week's notice of a visit in order for the material to be made available. Researchers are required to bring a letter of introduction with them on their first visit in order to obtain a reader's ticket.

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.ac.uk). 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 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 Special Collections Department on the Edgbaston campus holds related collections including the official archives of the Church Missionary Society (GB 0150 CMS) which contain material relating to Tugwell's service as a missionary; and the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers which include deposits relating to the Bishop Tugwell Diocesan Fund (GB 0150 CMS/ACC343)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 10/4/2000, modified 09/5/2002 Bassettp

Missionary societies
Missionary work

Personal names
Tugwell | Herbert (d 1936) | Bishop of West Equatorial Africa

Corporate names