Name of creator(s): Burke | Margaret | fl 1950-1953 | of the Friends Service Council
Administrative/Biographical history: These papers were possibly collected by Margaret Burke, who worked for the Friends Service Council Madagascar Committee.
The Friends Service Council (FSC) was established in 1927 by the amalgamation of the Friends Foreign Mission Association (FFMA) and the Friends Council for International Service (CIS). The FSC is the standing committee responsible for the overseas work of the Religious Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland. Its predecessor the FFMA was formally established in 1868 in succession to a provisional committee set up a few years before. It remained an independent organization until it became a committee of London Yearly Meeting in 1918. Its fields of action included Madagascar, from 1867.
Madagascar was also among the mission fields of the London Missionary Society, whose first missionaries arrived in 1818.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1973.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Papers on missions in Madagascar, 1864-1971 (some undated), largely dating from the mid-20th century, possibly collected by Margaret Burke and including some of her own papers, comprising various printed articles, typescripts, manuscript papers, and correspondence, on evangelistic and educational missionary work by the London Missionary Society and Friends Service Council (including its predecessor the Friends Foreign Mission Association) and on local customs, including undated photographs [1920s] of missionaries, indigenous inhabitants and local scenes.
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ACCESS AND USE
Language: English and Malagasy
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Finding aids: Database.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds other papers relating to missions in Madagascar, including records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS) and papers of J T Hardyman (Ref: PP MS 63).
Records of the Friends Service Council and its predecessors are held at the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Library, London.
Archivist's note: Source: R Lovett, The History of the London Missionary Society, vol 1, p 674; Nobel website on the Friends Service Council: http://www.nobel.se/peace/laureates/1947/friends-council-history.html
Date(s) of descriptions: Jul 2002