Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC1015
TitleAccession 1015: Papers of Sybil V. M. ('Daisy') Pym
Extent1 file
DescriptionPersonal correspondence addressed to 'Miss Pym' [Louth, Lincolnshire] from four CMS women missionaries to China. The correspondence dates from a period when Sybil was an active member of her local CMS Association; there are several mentions of her taking part in [CMS] exhibitions in the UK.

The letters demonstrate the importance to the correspondents of the support and friendship of their fellow women workers in China and of support from the UK. Individual items of note are a letter from Annie Settle, dated 27 November 1925, in which she refers to release from captivity and writes enclosing a photograph taken the day she and her fellow captives arrived in M[ien]chuh after being released [photograph not present] and a letter from Frieda Cannell writing from Yungchow, 23 October [1925] with comments on the political situation after her return to China to work in Kweilin, 'The anti-foreign wave seems to have spent itself in this region ...'.

[Annie Settle was amongst a group of missionaries who were held captive for three weeks after being kidnapped by brigands; Frieda Cannell (nee Schneider), wife of Rev W. R. Cannell, died in a fire in the mission bungalow at Kweilin in 1926]
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into a single series: Family Papers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Creator NamePym, Sybil Vere M., 1884-1982, of Louth, Lincolnshire.
Administrative HistorySybil Vere M. Pym, known as 'Daisy', was born and lived in Louth, Lincolnshire. She was Treasurer and active member of the Louth: Holy Trinity CMS Association. She died in 1982.
Custodial HistoryThe letters were inherited by the great-niece of S. V. M. Pym.
AcquisitionPresented by the husband of the great-niece of S. V. M. Pym, February 2016.
Archival NoteCatalogued by I. Frlan. Cataloguing completed March 2016. Prepared in accordance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and Church Missionary Society cataloguing guidelines.
Related MaterialThere are further records relating to the CMS missionaries with whom Miss Pym was corresponding in the CMS archive (GB 0150 CMS) and the CMS Unofficial Papers (GB 0150 CMS/ACC) including a photograph of Annie Settle and the other missionaries kidnapped in 1925 (CMS/ACC29 F1).


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