Sibree, James


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380616
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Sibree, James
Date(s) of contents: 1836-1926
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 1 box containing 5 volumes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Sibree | James | 1836-1929 | architect, missionary and naturalist

Administrative/Biographical history: James Sibree was born in Hull on 14 April 1836. In his early life, Sibree served as an engineer's pupil and worked for the Hull Board of Health (1859-1863). In 1863 he sailed to Madagascar having been appointed Architect of the Memorial Churches, Tananarive, for the London Missionary Society (LMS). He worked on the churches at Ambatonakanga, Ambohipotsy, Andohalo and Manjakaray. He returned to England in 1867 to study at Spring Hill College, Moseley, near Birmingham. During his time at Spring Hill he also carried out deputation work for the London Missionary Society. James Sibree was ordained in 1870. He was also married in February of that year to Deborah Richardson. Together with his wife, he returned Madagascar as a missionary and was stationed at Ambohimanga. He worked on a revision of the Malagasy Bible, took part in a deputation and in 1876 went to work at the Theological Institution in Tananarive. In September 1877 the Sibrees returned to England, owing to problems with the local government. From 1877 to 1879, he carried out deputation work in England. In November 1879 he was appointed as Principal of the London Missionary Society High School at Vizagapatam, South India. However, due to illness the Sibrees returned to England in June 1880. From 1880 to 1883 he once more carried out deputation work in England. In 1883, he and his wife were re-appointed to Madagascar, where Sibree became Principal of the LMS College at Tananarive. The Sibrees left Madagascar, arriving back in England in November 1916. Deborah Sibree became ill, and a great deal of James Sibree's time was devoted to nursing her. She died on 21 July 1920. In the last years of his life, James Sibree continued to carry out much of the deputation work for the LMS and the Bible Society. In 1923, James Sibree completed the Register of Missionaries and Deputations of the LMS.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Unknown source. The material was accessioned in 1994.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Five notebooks containing the memoirs of James Sibree, 1836-1879, 1913-1926, recording his early life in Hull, family history, training at Spring Hill, missionary work in Madagascar and in Vizagapatam, India, with the London Missionary Society, and his later years.

System of arrangement: The volumes are arranged in chronological order. There appears to be a gap in the series, for the years 1879-1913.

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 records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including papers relating to individual missionaries, among them James Sibree. SOAS also holds papers of James Sibree Milledge on the Sibree family (Ref: MS 380680) and the papers of James Trenchard Hardyman, which include material relating the Sibree family, including manuscripts and printed articles by James Sibree (Ref: PP MS 63).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000, revised Mar 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Architects
Artists
Autobiographies
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Congregationalism
Congregationalists
Educational missionaries
Educational missionary work
Literary forms and genres
Missionaries
Missionary training
Missionary work
Ordained missionaries
Prose
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Travel
Travel abroad
Vocational education

Personal names
Sibree | Deborah Hannah | d 1920 | née Richardson x Richardson | Deborah Hannah
Sibree | James | 1836-1929 | architect, missionary and naturalist
Sibree | family | missionaries

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society
Spring Hill College | Moseley

Places
Andhra Pradesh
Antananarivo
East Africa
England
India
Kingston upon Hull
Madagascar
Moseley
South Asia
UK
Vishakhapatnam
Western Europe
Worcestershire
Yorkshire