Papers of Miss Jane Elizabeth Chadwick

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC167
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Miss Jane Elizabeth Chadwick
Date(s) of contents: circa 1895 - circa 1960
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 2 items, 1 vol., 95 docs., 7 photographs and 1 file


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Administrative/Biographical history: (Jane) Elizabeth Chadwick, also known as Lisette (b 1869) of Armagh was the daughter of George Chadwick, the Bishop of Derry. She first offered her service as a missionary to Uganda in 1892 but this was not accepted because of her youth. Her offer was renewed in 1895 and she left England in that year as a member of the first group of lady missionaries to Uganda which included Eleanor Browne, Eliza Pilgrim, Mary Thomsett and Edith Furley. She served in Mengo 1895-1901; Hoima 1903-1907; Mengo 1911-1915; and Butere 1916-1925. She retired to County Down. Her brother, Walter Chadwick, was also a CMS missionary in Uganda.
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905).

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS by C. G. Richards, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1966; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

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Scope and content/abstract: This collection of personal papers of Elizabeth Chadwick relates largely to her service as a CMS missionary in Uganda. It includes the diary she kept of part of her overland journey, with the first other women missionaries, to Uganda in 1895 from Table Bay, South Africa to Kibwezi; and her manuscript reminiscences of her experiences in Uganda from 1895 until about 1918. These reminiscences are written as chapters, one of which is devoted to the rebellion amongst Nubian and Lendu soldiers in 1897: another relates to two visits to the salt works at Kibero. This manuscript contains some accounts of her younger brother, Walter, and his mission work at Entebbe and later at Butere in Northern Kavirondo where Elizabeth joined him in 1916. There is also a series of nearly 100 letters Elizabeth wrote to her friend, Ethel Magowan of Belfast throughout the period of her missionary service and which continue during her retirement up to 1938. The collection also includes a small number of photographs and some later correspondence about Elizabeth's papers, 1956-1960.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers.

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Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Elizabeth Chadwick's service as a CMS missionary.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 4/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002


Personal names
Chadwick | Jane Elizabeth | b 1869 | missionary
Chadwick | Walter | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa