Moore, Rev Reginald John Beagarie


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380399
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Moore, Rev Reginald John Beagarie
Date(s) of contents: Created 1924-1962
Level of description:
Extent and medium: 2 boxes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Moore | Reginald John Beagarie | 1909-1943 | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Reginald John Beagarie ('Mike') Moore was born on 20 August 1909. He was educated at Bungay Grammar School and Clarke's College, London. In 1928 he entered Cheshunt College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in theology and anthropology. He was appointed with his wife (née Joan Gundry) in 1933 to Central Africa by the London Missionary Society as the first representative of what was to be the United Missions in the Copper Belt. After a few months of study of the Bemba language, he settled in the Copper Belt at Mindolo, a section of the Nkana Mine. For two years, he and his wife laid the foundations of the United Church and Mission. The United Missions came into being in 1936, when a number of colleagues joined Mr and Mrs Moore. Amongst their work, they built up a small printing press. In 1941 Moore was transferred to the Mpolokoso District and settled at Kashinda, where he undertook evangelistic work over a wide area.

Following a long illness, R. J. B. Moore died at Johannesburg on 27 February 1943 at the age of 33.

Publications by R. J. B. Moore include: Man's Act and God's in Africa (London, 1940), These African Copper Mines (London, 1948), and Africa at the Mines (London c1948). He also published articles in numerous journals including Journal of the Royal African Society, Bantu, African Studies and International Review of Missions.

Further reading: H Theobald, Moore of the Copper Belt (London, 1946). A copy of this work is included in the collection.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1983.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1924-1962, of Reginald John Beagarie Moore, comprising correspondence and papers relating to his missionary work in Africa. Includes annual reports of the United Missions in the Copperbelt (1937-1940); reports of his work at Mindolo (1934-1939, not 1936-1937); typescript copies of his publications; copies of published articles; and photographs of Copperbelt scenes. Also includes a copy of Moore's anthropological study The Witchdoctor's Prescription.

System of arrangement: The material has been arranged into the following sections: writings and correspondence, miscellaneous items, and miscellaneous publications.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: Most of the material is in English, with some articles and publications in Bemba.

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
African cultures
Ancient religions
Anthropologists
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Colonial countries
Copper
Cultural anthropology
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Metals
Mining
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Ordained missionaries
Photographs
Political systems
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Social scientists
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials

Personal names
Moore | Reginald John Beagarie | 1909-1943 | missionary

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society
United Missions in the Copperbelt

Places
Africa
Copperbelt
Mindolo
Southern Africa
Zambia