Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies
Name of creator(s): Association of Church of England Secretaries of Missionary Societies
Administrative/Biographical history: The Association was formed on 4 April 1900, and was made up of the Secretaries of the following Anglican missionary societies: the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, the Church Missionary Society, the London Jews Society, the Colonial and Continental Church Society, the South American Missionary Society, the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, the Parochial Missions to the Jews, and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society. It also included the Anglican Secretaries of three non-denominational societies, the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, and the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission. Its object was "united prayer and the mutual discussion of such topics connected with Missionary work as may be of interest and importance to the Societies concerned."
The Association operated in much the same way as the London Secretaries' Association, to which many of the societies also belonged. It held two or three meetings each year, at which a paper was read and discussed. The last recorded meeting was on 4 November 1914.
Custodial history: In 1914 the Association's Secretary was one of the Secretaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and this is presumably why its records are in the BFBS archives.
Immediate source of acquisition: The archives were deposited in Cambridge University Library in 1985.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: The records consist of one volume of minutes, not fully used, and a few notes and letters, mostly apologies for absence. The Association discussed matters of missionary practice and policy, such as the training and status of lay workers, the need for Christian literature for non-Christian people, the need for annotated Bibles, industrial missions, the relations of missionaries to local churches, and the specific needs of the Far East. The minutes summarise briefly the papers and the discussion.
System of arrangement: As per the description in Scope and content.
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Finding aids: Refer to the University of Cambridge's online archival catalogue, Janus.
Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002