Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/M
TitleMediterranean Mission
Extent25 volumes of letter-books and mission books and 80 files of original papers (including journals)
DescriptionPre 1880 papers of the Mediterranean mission.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThe archive reference numbers for the papers have been marked in pencil on the back of each individual item e.g. C M/O 32/6. Pencilled numbers on the front of thepapers are the 1952 archive catalogue numbers and are not to be used Any numbers in ink are those of the nineteenth century headquarters clerks.
Administrative HistoryCMS work in the countries bordering the Mediterranean began in Malta in 1815 and extended to Greece, Turkey and Asia Minor, Egypt and Palestine. It also included Abyssinia.

Work in Malta was given up in 1843. In the Greek Islands the main station was Syra [Syros], occupied in 1830 and relinquished in 1875.

Work in Turkey centred on Constantinople 1819-21, 1858-77, while in Asia Minor, Smyrna was occupied 1830-1877.

Work in Abyssinia began in 1830, in 1841 the administration was transferred to the East Africa mission [C A5] and the mission closed in 1842. The Eygpt mission began in 1826 at Cairo and was given up in 1861. In 1882 it was revived as a separate mission in the Africa Group of missions [G3 E].

In 1880 the Mediterranean mission closed and the work of the CMS in this geographical area was taken over by the Palestine mission [see G3 P]
Custodial HistoryPapers of the Mediterranean and Palestine missions were catalogued by H. S. Cobb 1951. Hard copy handlist revised by: Rosemary Keen 1967-1968. Further revised and expanded by Rosemary Keen 1980-1981. Deposited in the Library of the University of Birmingham, 1981.
Related MaterialEgypt mission, (CMS/B/OMS/G3 E); East Africa mission (work in Abyssinia), CMS/B/OMS/C A5; for work in Palestine from 1880, see CMS/B/OMS/G3 P.


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