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 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 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


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