Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/I9
TitleTelegu Mission
Extent3 vols. of letter books and precis books, and 2 boxes of original papers
DescriptionPost-1880 papers of the Telegu 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 I9/1931/6].
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. In 1924 work in the Telegu area [I9] and Tinnevelly [I10] was separated from Madras and made two independent missions.

On 30 July 1924 the Standing Committee of Dornakal Diocesan Council made the Kistna Administrative Committee responsible for the work of the Telegu and Khammamett Church Councils, including the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society's work in Dornakal diocese.

The main stations of the Telegu mission were Machilipatnam ('Masulipatam') (1841), Ellore (1854), Bezwada (1858) and Khammamett (1888). The work at Dummagudem amongst the Kois (begun 1860) was handed over to CMS Australia in 1924
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by Rosemary A. Keen, 1985-1986.
Related MaterialFor the period before 1924 see South India (Madras) mission [I2]


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