Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/A2
TitleYoruba Mission
Extent29 vols. of letter-books, mission books and precis books, 21 boxes of original papers and 4480 docs. (including journals)
DescriptionPre and post-1880 papers of the Yoruba mission, Nigeria.
Access ConditionsFor preservation reasons, microfilm or digital copies are made available in place of the original documents.
Access StatusOpen, but subject to some access restrictions
Physical DescriptionThe archive reference numbers for the pre-1880 papers have been marked in pencil on the back of each individual item e.g. C A2/O6/5. The post-1880 papers are each individually marked in red ink, and this number, plus the year, comprises the reference for each item [e.g. G3 A2/1889/106].
Administrative HistoryThere were three missions in Nigeria: the Yoruba mission begun in 1844 [A2], the Niger mission begun in 1857 [A 3] and the Northern Nigeria mission, known as Hausaland 1900-1906 and begun as a separate entity in 1907 [A 9].
The Yoruba mission [A 2] was set up as an administrative unit in 1844, when it was known as the Abeokuta mission. The earliest documents for the Yoruba area, however, are in the Sierra Leone mission series [C A 1], as that mission covered all work in West Africa until 1844.
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by: H. S. Cobb 1952. Hard copy handlist revised and expanded: Rosemary Keen 1978.
CopiesAvailable on microfilm and online.

Church Missionary Society Archive, Section IV: Africa Missions, Parts 3-4 , 8-9.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 1999-2001.
Location in the Cadbury Research Library: microfilm drawers B1 and C3.

Digital publication:
Church Missionary Society Archive: Africa Missions: Nigeria: Yoruba Mission.
Publsiher: Adam Matthew Digital.
Access: by institutional subscription: free to members of the University of Birmingham and visitors to the Cadbury Research Library and other subscribing institutions.
Related MaterialSee Sierra Leone mission series [C A 1]


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