Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C C1 O
TitleOriginal papers [incoming]
Extent2932 items
DescriptionThe original papers comprise all incoming papers sent to the CMS UK office ('headquarters') by the North-West America Mission Secretary or occasionally directly from the missionaries and others. Most of the papers are letters and journals.
ArrangementThe papers were marked on arrival with the date of receipt and/or date on which the Committee dealt with them, and were numbered in red ink, in the order in which they arrived at headquarters. Some of them were initialled by the Secretary who read or dealt with them. The majority of the papers were then copied in full into the mission books [q.v.]. The papers appear to have been kept in wooden boxes, about ten years or so for each box. For the period before 1869 there were bundles of papers of various kinds such as correspondence with bishops, minutes of the Corresponding Committee, indents and medical certificates, as well as letters and papers from individuals. From 1869 until 1880 the papers appear to have been kept in chronological order. Except for a few of the original bundles the papers for the entire period before 1880 have been sorted according to the various individuals who were writing to headquarters, and are arranged alphabetically.
Access ConditionsMicrofilm or digital copies are made available in place of the originals.
Access StatusOpen, but subject to some access restrictions
Administrative HistoryThe pre-1880 papers have been given archive reference numbers as listed, and these are marked in pencil on the back of each item [eg C C1/O 9/5]. The post-1880 Original papers are each individually marked in red ink. This number, plus the year, constitutes the reference for each item [eg G1 C1/1910/14]. The post 1880 papers (G1 C1) are missing hundreds of numbers. A list of missing items is given in the printed Canada mission handlist held in the Cadbury Research Library Readaing Room.


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