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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE

Section VI: Missions to India
Part 4: South India Mission, 1834-1880

Part 4 continues our coverage of the South India Mission with:

  • Mission Books, 1834-1880.
  • Many missionary journals providing excellent detail on missionary work and the life and customs of the local people.

CMS work at Mayaveram, Mavelicara, Cochin, Dohnavar, Allepie, Cottayam, Palamcottah, Madras, Travancore, Tinnevelly, Bangalore and Cotyn is well covered.

  • There are papers on the Madras Corresponding Committee.
  • There is much material on education, especially the Tinnevelly schools, the CMS Free Schools, Female Schools and Training Institutions.
  • There are papers on the question of caste.
  • Documents on conferences and on the Native Church Council allow scholars to look at the impact of CMS work.

The Mission Books are full of detailed letters which provide excellent evidence on all areas of mission work – evangelism, education, medical work and social welfare. Scholars can examine the successes and failures at different mission stations, the role of women missionaries and the contribution of local agents and catechists.

“I am tremendously excited about the publication of the CMS Archive.  Scholars interested in the religious, social and women’s history of Great Britain as well as its colonies will find it invaluable.”
Dr Susan Thorne,
Department of History, Duke University

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