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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE

Section III: Central Records
Part 11: General Review of Missions, 1919, continued as Annual Reports, 1922-1944, and CMS Historical Record, 1944-1986

This covers another important CMS periodical.  It started as the General Review of Missions in 1919 and then was called Annual Reports for the period 1922-1944 before changing its name again to the CMS Historical Record, 1944-1986.

  • The extracts, reports, letters, summaries and articles in this periodical are a fascinating source of information for all CMS missions and the work of missionaries overseas in Africa, China, Japan, Canada, India and the Middle East.
  • As this material covers such a long time span, researchers can trace the developments in different countries from 1919 to 1986, the progress of different missions and the emergence of native churches, education and medical work.
  • Each annual issue is subdivided with material under different geographical headings.
  • In the 1950s and 1960s there is excellent material on African consciousness and the moves towards independence.
By the 1970s and 1980s there is very telling material on Rwanda, the Sudan, relief work in Bangladesh, as well as much emphasis on schools, colleges, training, adult literacy classes, nutrition units, baby welfare sessions and immunisation clinics.
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