Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/G3 A5 P
TitlePrécis books [incoming]
Extent9 volumes
DescriptionBound volumes comprising a file copy of the East Africa (Kenya) Mission precis papers which were prepared for use by the CMS Group 3 Committee [London], entered alongside a record of the Committee's decisions and action arising.

The precis papers comprise summaries of the mission correspondence which had been sent to the CMS Secretary in London with primary responsibility for the missions to East Africa [this 'incoming' mission correspondence is held in the archive as the East Africa (Kenya) Mission Original papers 1880-1934].

The entries in the precis are arranged and numbered in the chronological order in which the correspondence arrived at the CMS London office. The numbers in the precis correspond with numbers which the clerks wrote on each item of incoming correspondence (each year having a new number sequence from 1 January).

The precis served as agenda papers for meetings of the Group 3 Committee.

As well as being an excellent source of information in themselves, the precis books now serve as a useful tool for researchers wishing to locate items of interest in the East Africa Mission incoming correspondence files kept by the Group 3 Committee between 1880 and 1935. The records of committee decisions and action can also provide more detail than can be found in the Group 3 Committee minute books.
Access ConditionsFor conservation reasons, microfilm or digital copies are made available in place of the original documents.
Access StatusOpen, but subject to some access restrictions
Physical DescriptionThe precis book for 1886-1887 has not survived; typescript summaries of the letters and papers for this period were compiled in 1952 and are kept with the papers in the Original Series (see Adam Matthew microfilm reels: Church Missionary Society Archive Section IV: Africa Missions Part 17: reels 339 and 340).


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