Record

LevelSub-sub-sub-fonds
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/I
TitleIndia General
Extent2 files
Date1811-1815
DescriptionPre-1880 papers of India General.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionNames of mission stations have been standardised, but no attempt has been made to modernise any names of the places. The bulk of names in the sub-number references are the spellings used in the documents.
Administrative HistoryThe Society's missions in India centred on Calcutta [I 1], Madras [I 2] and Bombay [I 3]. A Corresponding Committee was set up in Calcutta in 1807 and with the renewal of the East India Company's Charter in 1813 when missionaries were allowed into the country it took on the role of a CMS Auxiliary. The first CMS missionaries to North India did not reach Calcutta until 1816. In Madras a Corresponding Committee was formed in November 1814 and the missionaries arrived the following year. A Corresponding Committee for CMS work in Bombay was formed in June 1818, thought the first missionary did not arrive until 1820. Work in North India was controlled by the Calcutta Corresponding Committee until 1878 when the Punjab stations were joined to the work in Sind [which had been run from Bombay] to form the Punjab and Sind mission [I4]. In 1893 the North-West Provinces mission [I6] broke away from Punjab and Sind This in turn was split into the United Provinces mission [I7] from 1903 and the Central Provinces mission [I8] from 1904. Work in South India was run by the Madras Corresponding Committee until 1881 when Travancore and Cochin [ I5] was set up as an autonomous mission. In 1924 work in the Telegu area [I9] and Tinnevelly [I10] was separated from Madras and made two independent missions.
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by Rosemary A. Keen, 1961 [Ceylon mission], 1962-1963 [North India missions], and 1985-1986. Handlists for India General, Ceylon and North India missions revised and expanded by Rosemary Keen, 1984-1985.
CopiesAll the records from this India general mission series (CMS/B/OMS/I) are available on microfilm: Church Missionary Society Archive, Section VI: Missions to India, Parts 1 and 3 (Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 2003-2004). Reference copies of the microfilms are available in Cadbury Research Library in microfilm drawer B3.