Paton, Papers of William

Reference code(s): GB 0151 DA35
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre
Title: Paton, Papers of William
Date(s) of contents: 1910-1943
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 9 files


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Rev William Paton (1886-1943) was Missionary Secretary, Student Christian Movement, 1911-1921; then he served as General Secretary, National Christian Council of India, Burma and Ceylon, 1922-1927. In 1927 he became Secretary of the International Missionary Council and Editor of The International Review of Missions. He was appointed Joint General Secretary of the Provisional Committee of World Council of Churches from 1938. His publications included Jesus Christ and the World's Religions, 1916; Social Ideals in India, 1919; The Highway of God (with K. Harnett), 1920; Alexander Duff, 1922; A Faith for the World, 1929; The Faiths of Mankind, 1932; Christianity in the Eastern Conflicts, 1937; World Community, 1938; The White Man's Burden, 1939; The Message of the Worldwide Church, 1940; The Church and the New Order, 1941.
Reference: Who was who 1941-1950

Custodial history: This collection was deposited with Selly Oak Colleges by the daughter of William Paton in 1987. It was then 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.

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Scope and content/abstract: General correspondence, 1911-43; family correspondence, including letters from William Paton to his wife and children, primarily from India, 1910-43; letters of condolence to his family and arrangements for a memorial service following the death of William Paton, 1943; and obituaries, 1943.

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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.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.

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


Related material: Other related materials held by the Orchard Learning Resources Centre include the records of the Student Christian Movement (DA1)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 17/10/2001, modified 17/09/2002


Personal names
Paton | William | 1886 - 1943 | missionary administrator and ecumenical pioneer

Corporate names

South Asia