Record

LevelSub-series
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/Z 38
TitleLetters sent home to Wales by Annie Emma Allen writing from Uganda
Extent2 files
Date1899-1914
DescriptionA compilation of signed manuscript and typescript letters in which Annie sends news of her life and work in Uganda to family and friends, including some written for children Annie taught before becoming a missionary, dated 1900-1904, 1907-1909, 1912-1914; also including a letter, dated 29 June 1899, written from CMS headquarters, Salisbury Square [London] before she started her missionary service overseas. As well as the originals, there are typescript copies of letters compiled in chronological order and held as 'The Journals of Miss A. E. Allen, Uganda: From June 1899-October 1914// First Section: June 1899 to September 28 1902' (pp 1-79) (three sets; identical).

Most of the letters have manuscript revisions and some are marked with suggestions for how they should be reproduced or used with a class ('omit'; 'here put in photo of .....'; 'write on blackboard all underlined in red ...', etc), a few are illustrated with line drawings. Annie occasionally refers in her correspondence to something which she is sending with the letter including illustrations or a 'specimen of paper string' - these enclosures are not present.

The Round Robin letters are simply addressed to 'My dear friends' and few envelopes have been retained to allow identification of contact details but the named correspondents include Miss Rachel Allen, Clirhiw, Narberth, Pembrokeshire; Lancelot; Marian; Miss Lidgett; ... school children, Lampeter Velfrey, Narberth, Pembrokeshire; one envelope is addressed to Rev David Davies, The Rectory, Lampeter Velfrey, Narberth (re-addressed to Miss A. E. Allen).

The date at which the letters were brought together as a collection is not noted. They have been retained in the order in which they were found which broadly corresponds with lists written in pencil on the back of the surviving envelopes and on a sheet of paper printed with the letter-head for Annie's family home in Clirhiw, Pembrokeshire and endorsed in pencil: 'From Miss A. E. Allen'.
ArrangementArranged in two sequences: /1 letters (nine bundles) and /2 journals
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryAnnie Emma Allen (1853-1942) went out as a missionary to the CMS Uganda Mission in 1900. She served in an honorary capacity for 25 years at Gayaza, Mengo, Kabarole, Toro and Nabumali and spent much of her time teaching and helping in the hospital and dispensary. She was a talented artist and one of the legacies of her time in Uganda are her beautifully observed watercolours featuring scenes of everyday life which she painted whilst in Uganda, some of her artwork was used to illustrate articles in CMS periodicals. Putting her skills to practical use she introduced weaving and other handicrafts to local women and girls. Invalided back to England, she retired in January 1926, aged 70 years. She died 27 January 1942 in Cilrhiw, Narberth, Wales.