Godfrey, Emily


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380758
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Godfrey, Emily
Date(s) of contents: 1919-1979
Level of description: Super-collection
Extent and medium: 1 file

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Godfrey | Emily | 1884-1978 | medical missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Loftus, Cleveland, 1884; her family were Primitive Methodists; the family lived at Horwich, Lancashire, 1886-1889; subsequently brought up in Middlesbrough; worked in Scarborough as a children's nurse; a clerk at Stockton Forge, Stockton-on-Tees; trained as a nurse at York County Hospital, 1913; served in military hospitals during World War One (1914-1918); awarded the Royal Red Cross medal; worked at the Welsh Hospital, Netley, Southampton; accepted by the the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (PMMS, succeeded after 1932 by the Methodist Missionary Society), 1919; trained at Kingsmead Missionary Training College, 1920; a pioneering nurse in eastern Nigeria, 1921-1944; first matron at the Methodist Hospital, Ama Achara; temporary service in South Africa to establish a training hospital in Thaba Nchu, South Africa, 1946-1949; returned to Middlesborough; unmarried; died, 1978. For further information see her nephew Frank Godfrey's biography, Emily: the Relentless Nurse (Teamprint, Loughborough [1999]).

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in 2001.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1919-1979, of and relating to Emily Godfrey, comprising a record of her missionary work and biographical information, 1921-1978; copy certificate as founder member of the Royal College of Nursing, undated; her testimony when applying to be a missionary, 1919, and typescript copy; letters and papers, 1919-1921, relating to her appointment by the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (PMMS); PMMS congratulations on receiving the Royal Red Cross medal for war work, undated; printed papers relating to Methodist activities, mainly in England, some relating to addresses by Emily Godfrey, 1921-1937; printed and typescript reports on her work in Nigeria, 1922-[1934]; letters received from various correspondents, 1922-1954, the subjects including her missionary work and retirement (1944); letters, 1942-1946, from German missionaries who were interned in Nigeria and England during World War Two; papers relating to pensions, 1937-1964; leaflet appealing for funds for the Methodist Hospital, Ama Achara, Nigeria, c1976; typescript accounts by Emily Godfrey of her work in Nigeria, one made from a tape recording (since lost), undated; printed and typescript items on her death, including obituaries and a letter of condolence, 1978-1979.

System of arrangement:

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: Collection level description.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds other papers of Emily Godfrey, 1921-1970, collected by the Missionary Records Project, including accounts of her work, her condensed copy of her diaries, and addresses on missionary work (Ref: MRP WEST AFRICA 3); a copy of Frank Godfrey's Emily: the Relentless Nurse (Ref: MMSL AE NI 386); and the records of the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/PMMS).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Awards
Christianity
Christians
Health services
Hospitals
Humanitarian law
International conflicts
Internment camps
Lay missionaries
Magnetic tape recordings
Medals
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Medical personnel
Medical profession
Medical sciences
Methodism
Methodists
Mission hospitals
Missionaries
Missionary work
Nursing
Paramedical personnel
Pensions (private)
Personnel management
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Recordings
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Retirement
Social behaviour
Social norms
Sound recordings
Travel
Travel abroad
War
Women missionaries
World War One, 1914-1918
World War Two, 1939-1945
World war

Personal names
Godfrey | Emily | 1884-1978 | medical missionary

Corporate names
Methodist Hospital | Ama Achara, Nigeria
Methodist Missionary Society
Primitive Methodist Missionary Society
Royal College of Nursing

Places
Africa
Ama Achara
England
Nigeria
UK
West Africa
Western Europe