Edinburgh Conference Continuation Committee, Papers of the

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA12
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Domain: archival
Title: Edinburgh Conference Continuation Committee, Papers of the
Date(s) of contents: 1911-1913, 1920s
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 2 boxes of archival material.


Name of creator(s): Edinburgh Conference Continuation Committee

Administrative/Biographical history: The Edinburgh Conference was held in 1910 and was attended by representatives of missionary societies under the chairmanship of John Mott. The goal of this conference was to survey the world-wide missionary activity of non-Roman churches. The conference was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from all over the world. There was a full discussion of the need for adequate and appropriate language study for missionaries and the Conference recognised the importance of the issue. It remitted the matter to the Continuation Committee of the Conference which, in turn, placed it in the hands of a Sub-Committee chaired by Dr Henry Hodgkin who was Secretary of the Friends' Foreign Mission Association.

Custodial history: This collection was formerly held by the Selly Oak Colleges Library although the original provenance is unknown.

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was transferred to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of a Sub-Committee of the Edinburgh Conference Continuation Committee on "Language Schools in the Field". This Sub-Committee, chaired by Dr Henry Hodgkin of England, sent out a series of questions in 1911 in order to establish the views of missionaries regarding the need for language training schools in the field and missionary methods of language study. These papers include the returns from Japan, India and China. Additional notes and other papers relating to language training and schools for missionaries, apparently unconnected with questionnaire, have been added in the 1920s.

System of arrangement:


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: 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: This collection is uncatalogued. Please address any enquiries about the collection to the University Archivist.


Related material:
Aberdeen University, Special Libraries and Archives holds material relating to the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910.

The Henry Martyn Centre also holds papers relating to the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910.


Archivist's note: Compiled by University of Birmingham Information Services, with reference to:
J. H. Wyckoff, 'Language schools for missionaries in South India' , The Harvest Field vol 31, no 8 (August 1911).
Alan N. Siggelkow, The ecumenical movement with special emphasis on the Lutheran Dialogue on Justification, http://www.wls.wels.net/library/Essays/Authors/S/SiggelkowEcumenical/SiggelkowEcumenical.htm (April 2002, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Library).

Revised by Caroline Brick on behalf of the Mundus Project, November 2002.

Date(s) of descriptions: Created 10/09/2002, modified 17/09/2002 and November 2002.

Field work
Language instruction
Missionary support organizations
Missionary training
Research work
Vocational education

Personal names
Hodgkin | Henry Theodore | 1877-1933 | missionary and administrator

Corporate names
Edinburgh Conference Continuation Committee
World Missionary Conference | 1910 | Edinburgh

East Asia
South Asia