Record

LevelSub-sub-sub-fonds
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/I1
TitleNorth India mission
Extent52 vols. of letter-books, mission books and precis books, 370 files (including journals) and 27 boxes of original papers and early correspondence
Date1815-1934
DescriptionPre and post-1880 papers of the North India mission.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionNames of mission stations have been standardised, but no attempt has been made to modernise any names of the places. The pre-1880 papers have been given archive reference numbers and these are marked in pencil on the back of each item [e.g. C I2/O117/3]. 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. G2 I4/1902/24].
Administrative HistoryCMS work in North India began in Calcutta in 1816. It covered the whole of North India until 1878 and included work in the Himalaya area [see C I 1A]. Between 1878 and 1904 autonomous missions were set up for the Punjab, United Provinces, North West Provinces and Central Provinces [See CMS Work In India]. The area remaining comprised Bengal (with Nadia district) and Bihar (with Santalia).
The main mission stations in Bengal were Calcutta (1816), Burdwan (1817), Krishnagur (1831), Chupra (1846), Bollobhpur (1848), Doyabari, Ranaghat (1906); in Bihar there was work at Bhagalpur (1850), Deoghar (1912) and Purulia (1918). There was also work amongst the Santals in Taljhari (1862), Godda (1872), Barharwa and Bhagaya (1878).
Custodial HistoryCatalogued by Rosemary A. Keen, 1962-1963. Handlist revised and expanded by Rosemary Keen, 1984-1985.
CopiesParts are available on microfilm and online. With the exception of some of the Original Papers (C/I1 O141- O331), the records from the North India mission series held as records of the Committee of Correspondence (CMS/B/OMS C I1) have been microfilmed and are available online. North India mission records held as records of the Group 2 Committee (CMS/B/OMS G2 I1) are not available on microfilm or online.

Microfilm: Church Missionary Society Archive: Section VI: Missions to India, parts 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 2003-2007.
Location in the Cadbury Research Library: microfilm drawers B3, B4 and B5.

Digital publication: Church Missionary Society Archive: Missions to India: North India Mission
Publisher: Adam Matthew Digital.
Access: by subscription: access is free to members of the University of Birmingham and visitors to the Cadbury Research Library and other subscribing institutions.
Related MaterialSee C I 1A