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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE

Section IV: Africa Missions
Part 7: Sudan, 1905-1949

This concentrates on the Sudan, 1905-1949. CMS work in this region was started by Llewellyn Gwynne, Dr Frank Harpur and Archibald Shaw.

  • There is material on both the Northern Sudan Mission and on activities in Southern Sudan. They were treated by the CMS as two distinctly different areas. The papers show that work in the north was mainly among Muslims, missionary activity was restricted and the church was small in numbers and identified with a few missionary institutions in Omdurman, Atbara, Wad Medani, and at Salara and Katcha in the Nuba Mountains.
  • In the south there was also an emphasis on education and medicine, but the work was carried out amongst the tribal peoples -  the Dinka at Malek and Akot, the Nuer at Ler and Zeraf Island, the Zande at Yambio and Maridi, and the Bari at Yei, Loka, Juba and Kajokaji. There is very good documentation on all these activities.
  • Papers on education cover the Juba bookshops, the Nugent Schools at Loka and Bishop Gwynne College at Mundri.
  • There are also files on the schools in Omdurman and at Wad Medani, Omdurman Hospital and the initiatives in the Nuba Mountains.
  • Researchers can also study the progress of the Ler Medical Mission and Lui Hospital in the south.
  • Papers for 1926-1949 cover the Upper Nile Mission.
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