Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC113
TitleAccession 113: Papers of Mary Ellen Brighty
Extent7 volumes, 63 items
Date1894-c 1957
DescriptionPapers predominantly relating to Mary Brighty's service as a CMS missionary to Persia. Including a letter book, notebooks, diaries, a Persian bible, and photographs of, and collected by, Mary Brighty. One diary and some of the photographs, appear to date from before Mary Brighty's involvement with the CMS.

The letterbook contains copies of Miss Brighty's letters to England, 1899-1902.

One of the diaries and a notebook contain notes about Persian customs and traditions. Other diaries contain records of journeys.

A diary which covers the period of the First World War makes reference to the withdrawal of missionaries from Yezd to Tehran, 1915-1916.

The bible had once belonged to Mary Bird, another CMS missionary in Persia, who died in 1914.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
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
Administrative HistoryMary Ellen Brighty (b c 1874) of St Helen's, Lancashire was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1899 at the age of 25. She departed for the Persia Mission in 1899 after training at The Olives and was stationed at Yezd. She appears to have served with the Persia Mission from 1899 until 1937. Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905)
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS by Miss M. E. Brighty, 1963; transferred to the Special Collections Department in the 1980s.
CopiesAvailable on microfilm and part available online.

Mary Ellen Brighty's letter book, notebook and diaries have been micropublished with other primary sources under the title 'Women's Language and Experience, 1500-1940. Women's Diaries and Related Sources'.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 1996.
A reference set of the microfilm is available for consultation in the Cadbury Research Library. All visitors who have registered for a Cadbury Research Library Reader ticket will be able to use the microfilm copies.

Digital publication: CMS/ACC113 F2 only

Details are given in the file level of the catalogue, under finding numbers CMS/ACC113 F1-3.
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the Society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Ellen Brighty's service as a CMS missionary.


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