Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/I5
TitleTravancore and Cochin Mission
Extent9 vols. of letter books and precis books, and 12 boxes of original papers
DescriptionPost-1880 papers of the Travancore and Cochin 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 bulk of names in the sub-number references are the spellings used in the documents. 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 I5/1902/41].
Administrative HistoryThe Society's missions in India centred on Calcutta [I1], Madras [I2] and Bombay [I3]. 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, though the first missionary did not arrive until 1820.

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 following the consecration of the first bishop in 1879. In 1924 work in the Telegu area [I9] and Tinnevelly [I10] was separated from Madras and made two independent missions.

The main stations of the Travancore and Cochin mission (formerly in the South Indian Mission [I2] until 1880) were Alleppie (1816), Cottayam and Cochin (1817), Mavelikara (1839), Trichur (1842), Pallam (1845), Tiruwella (1849), Kunnankulam (1854). Work amongst the Hill Arrians was begun in 1855. The Alwaye Itinerancy was set up in 1881.
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by Rosemary A. Keen, 1985-1986.


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