Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/A3
TitleNiger Mission
Extent18 vols. of letter-books, mission books and precis books, 18 boxes of original papers and 1267 docs. (including journals)
DescriptionPre and post-1880 papers of the Niger mission, Nigeria.
ArrangementIn the precis book there is a section (headed 'Hausaland') for the precise agenda items for each meeting, and these follow the Niger items and are numbered in a series distinct from the Niger numbers. For this reason the originals of these papers [/O] have been placed with the main Northen Nigeria series [A 9].
Access StatusOpen
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 A3/O4/126. 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 A3/1896/12].
Administrative HistoryThe Niger mission [A 3] was founded in 1857, following the third Niger expedition. It centred on Onitsha, but gradually spread up the Niger.

From 28 January 1900 the work in the North was considered a separate entity by the Group 3 Committee.
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 6, 10-11.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 1999-2001.
Location in the Cadbury Research Library: microfilm drawers B2 and C3-C4.

Digital publication:
Church Missionary Society Archive: Africa Missions: Nigeria: Niger Mission.
Publisher: 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 also A 9