Hausa Band correspondence and papers
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Administrative/Biographical history: In 1922, the need for a new missionary strategy in northern Nigeria, and in other Moslem areas, was identified at CMS headquarters but there was no obvious candidate to send there. In 1923, G. T. Manley, CMS Africa Secretary, visited Cambridge University and appealed for men to lead a mission. As a result, a 'Hausa Band' was formed in March 1924 with four members: Guy Bullen and W. H. Oswald who were preparing for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Norman Cook who was in medical training and whose father was J. H. Cook, a former medical missionary in Uganda; and Max Warren, a first year student at Jesus College. They offered to CMS as a team, to work in northern Nigeria among Moslems. The Hausa Band was a largely self-supporting group within the CMS and it recruited for further members and raised a special fund for their support. It also published an occasional paper, 'Crusade Report', later known as 'Northern Nigeria' which reported on the progress of the missionaries and of the Ban's special fund for supporting them in northern Nigeria.
Custodial history: Presented by Rev. M. A. C. Warren, 1973
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises correspondence with the Church Missionary Society relating to policy, recruitment and financial matters; circular letters; and articles and addresses. This material was accumulated by Max Warren, a member of the Hausa Band
System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
ACCESS AND USE
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 Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers include another collection of papers relating to the Hausa Band (CMS/ACC115). The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which contains material relating to the activities of the Hausa Band in northern Nigeria
Date(s) of descriptions: Created 7/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002