Anderson Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0366 DC/AN
Held at: Institute of Education, University of London
Domain: archival
Title: Anderson Papers
Date(s) of contents: 1920-1970
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1 box of archival material.


Name of creator(s): Anderson, Mary Irene (b 1920)

Administrative/Biographical history: Mary Irene Anderson (more generally known by her middle name of Irene) was born in Scotland and was educated at the Girls' High School in Doncaster and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she studied geography, graduating in 1941. She worked as Geography Mistress at Kirkby Stephen Grammar school, Westmorland, 1941-1944. Wishing to work as a missionary, Miss Anderson then underwent two years of training at the Church of Scotland Women's Missionary College in Edinburgh from 1944-1946, followed by a short period running the Church of Scotland Club for Fishergirls, until December 1947. In March 1948 she then moved to the Gold Coast and took a post as Geography Mistress at Achimota School, remaining there until 1953 when she was appointed Headmistress of the Aburi Girls' Secondary School, a Scottish Mission Girls' School, where she stayed until her retirement in 1970.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: These papers were delivered by Nicolas Hawkes in March 2000. He had obtained them as a result of an oral history interview conducted with Mary Irene Anderson.


Scope and content/abstract: Small collection of papers relating to the work of Mary Irene Anderson at the Aburi Girls' Secondary School, Ghana, including a typescript copy of a school log book kept by her predecessors, 1920-1953; typescript accounts of events, 1954-1961; and correspondence relating to the expulsion of non-Ghanaian teachers, 1969-1970.

System of arrangement: Undifferentiated.


Language: English.

Conditions governing access: Open; generally available for research.

Conditions governing reproduction: A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Catalogue available.


Related material: Further material relating to Mary Irene Anderson is held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.
An interview conducted with Mary Irene Anderson by Nicolas Hawkes is housed at the Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Caroline Brick on behalf of the Mundus Project in October 2002, with reference to a collection level description in AIM25.

Date(s) of descriptions: Created 04/7/2000, modified 12/4/2000 and October 2002.

Educational missionaries
Educational missionary work
Educational systems
Girls' education
Missionary work
Religious activities
Religous groups
Secondary schools
Women missionaries
Women's education
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Anderson | Mary Irene | b 1920 | teacher and missionary

Corporate names
Aburi Girls' Secondary School | Ghana

West Africa