Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC20
TitleAccession 20: Papers collected by R. W. Howard for projected life of C. B. R. Sargent
Extent5 bundles, 68 items, 1 file
DescriptionResearch and other materials acquired and collected by Rev Canon Howard for a proposed biography of Christopher B. R. Sargent (1906-1943), Assistant Bishop in Fukien, China 1938-1940 and Bishop 1940-1943. It appears that Howard did not publish a biography and there is no text or drafts of a manuscript in this collection.

The materials include copies of circular letters of Sargent, which he wrote as Assistant Bishop and then Bishop in Fukien, 1938-1941; letters from friends and relatives of Sargent to Howard which both pre date and post date Sargent's death; a few letters from Sargent to Howard himself, 1940-1941; papers relating to the Bishop Christopher Sargent Memorial Fund, the appeal for which Howard was involved in (to provide bursaries for candidates studying for the ministry in the Fukien Diocese); and various printed materials and photographs of and relating to Sargent.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family 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 HistoryRev Robert Wilmot Howard (1887-1960) was educated at Weymouth College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1912 and became Tutor to St Aidan's Theological College, Birkenhead, 1912-1915 and was later chaplain and Vice-Principal there. During the First World War, he served as chaplain to the British Expeditionary Forces, 1916-1919. From 1920-1923, he was Home Education Secretary of the CMS, then becoming Assistant Master at Eton College, 1924-1928 and Headmaster of Liverpool College, 1928-1945. He was appointed Canon Diocesan of Liverpool Cathedral in 1943 and then Canon Emeritus from 1945. He was Rector of St Peter-le-Bailey, and Master of St Peter's Hall, Oxford, 1945-1955. He died in 1960. His publications included A Merry Mountaineer: the story of Clifford Harris of Persia, 1931; Talks in Preparation for Confirmation, 1941; Should Women be Priests?, 1949; and author and editor of the CMS Handbook, Workers Together, 1924.

Reference: Who was who, 1951-1960.
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS by Mrs N. Howard, Tetbury, Gloucestershire July 1961; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
Associated MaterialsOther papers of Robert W. Howard, relating to St Aidan's College, 1919-1928 are held by Liverpool University: Special Collections and Archives (GB 0141 Birkenhead Coll)


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