Beckingsale, Laura Elsie


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 354917
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Beckingsale, Laura Elsie
Date(s) of contents: Created 1911-1912
Level of description:
Extent and medium: 1 box

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Beckingsale | Laura Elsie | 1886-1983 | missionary and teacher

Administrative/Biographical history: Laura Elsie Beckingsale was born on 1st September 1886 in Camden Town, North London. She was educated privately at first, and then attended Bestraven High School, Brondesbury, until she was eighteen. After teaching for a year elsewhere, she returned to Bestraven as a member of staff. At the age of twenty-three she entered the Women's Missionary College, Edinburgh, and in March 1911, went to Wuchang, China, with the London Missionary Society. She remained there until 1915, when she returned to England under medical advice, arriving March 1. A year later she resigned her connection with the London Missionary Society and joined the Baptist Missionary Society, for work in China. She was put in charge of a girl's boarding school at Tai Yuanfu Shansi. She finally returned to England in 1939. Laura Beckingsale never married. She died in 1983.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1977.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Letters, 1911-1912, from Laura Beckingsale, written in diary form to colleagues in London describing her experiences during the Chinese Revolution of 1911-1912, in Wuchang and Hankow, where she worked for the London Missionary Society.

System of arrangement: The letters are arranged in chronological order.

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Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Asian cultures
Baptists
Christianity
Christians
Educational missionaries
Educational missionary work
Educational personnel
Lay missionaries
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Political movements
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Revolutionary movements
Teachers
Women missionaries
Women teachers
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Beckingsale | Laura Elsie | 1886-1983 | missionary and teacher

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society

Places
China
East Asia
Hankow
Hubei
Wuchang
Wuhan