Slessor, Mary Mitchell


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380621
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Slessor, Mary Mitchell
Date(s) of contents: (1877-1913) 1986
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1 file

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Slessor, Mary Mitchell (1848-1915)

Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Aberdeen, 1848; moved with her family to Dundee; began work in the linen mills aged 11, c1859; came under the influence of a local minister and became leader of a Christian youth club; felt a call to serve in Calabar, Nigeria; the United Presbyterian Church Mission Committee eventually agreed to send her to Calabar as a mission teacher, 1876; went to work alone among the Okoyong, 1888; lived in traditional housing with outcast women and twins she had rescued, dressing simply; pioneered an alternative way of engaging in mission; as British colonial authority proceeded inland she worked among the people affected, 1903; as a result, new stations were created; continued to live as head of a household of African women and children until her death at Use, 1915.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Acquired in 1986.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Typescript transcriptions, 1986, of letters of Mary Slessor in West Africa, written between 1877-1913 to various recipients, the subjects including her missionary work, life in Africa, religious reflections and Presbyterian church matters, fellow missionaries and other Europeans, and indigenous inhabitants.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids: Database.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds a press cutting on Mary Slessor, 1936 (Ref: CBMS/H/PB39 Box 104 File 39 no 10), and photographs of the Mary Slessor Memorial Window, Dundee (Ref: CBMS/H/PB55 Box 120 File 55, CWM/LMS Home Photographs Box 1).

Further papers of Mary Slessor are at Dundee Museums and Art Galleries, Dundee Central Library, Dundee City Archives, and the National Archives of Nigeria. For further details see the National Register of Archives. Edinburgh University, New College Library, holds records of the Calabar Mission, including material relating to the work of Mary Slessor.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed Gerald H Anderson (1998); National Register of Archives; Archives Hub.

Date(s) of descriptions: Jul 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
African cultures
Ancient religions
Christianity
Christians
Church
Colonial countries
Colonization
Educational missionaries
Evangelistic missionaries
Lay missionaries
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Political systems
Presbyterianism
Presbyterians
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious belief
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Theology
Travel
Travel abroad
Women missionaries
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Slessor | Mary Mitchell | 1848-1915 | United Presbyterian Church of Scotland missionary in Nigeria

Corporate names

Places
Africa
Nigeria
West Africa