|Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)
|CMS/B/OMS/G3 A3 O
|Original papers [incoming]
|The original papers comprise all incoming papers sent by the mission secretary (or occasionally directly from the missionaries) to the Group Committee. They consist mainly of letters and reports, but include minutes and papers of local CMS diocesan committees.
|They are numbered [in red ink] for each year [from 1 January] and from 1892 are marked up as 'N' [later 'Niger']. The date of receipt is also noted and often the initials of Secretaries and other headquarters' staff dealing with the material. Some items, notably finance correspondence, were removed as soon as they had been entered in the precis books, others were removed in the normal course of administrative work. Usually in these cases a note of the number of the item, plus the initials of the staff member and the department, remains in the packet.
|For conservation reasons, microfilm or digital copies are made available in place of the original documents.
|Open, but subject to some access restrictions
|Available on microfilm and online.