Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC22
TitleAccession 22: Letters and diaries of Nancy Corby
Extent1 bundle, 106 items, 3 volumes
DescriptionLetters which Nancy Corby wrote to her family, principally from Kampala, Uganda, where she was serving as a CMS missionary teacher in a secondary school, 1930-1950; also a few written from The Willows, a CMS Training College for women, in 1929. The letters are often detailed and informative and include enclosures of printed and other ephemera. A letter of 1942, for example, describes the coronation of the Kabaka of Uganda and is accompanied by the official printed programme.

There are three small diaries. Two relate to holidays in Kenya and Central Africa, 1930-1933.

The collection also includes a few letters from friends of Nancy to her mother, Mrs Corby, 1937.
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 HistoryNancy Harris Corby served as a CMS missionary teacher in Uganda, 1930-1950. She was a teacher at the Gayaza High School and she was headmistress from 1938-1950. She resigned from the CMS in 1953.

Source: CMS archive
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS by Miss N. Corby, Aug 1961; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.
CopiesNancy Corby's diaries have been microfilmed by Adam Matthew Publications and micropublished with other primary sources under the title, 'Women's Language and Experience, 1500-1940: Women's Diaries and related Sources'. A copy of the microfilm and accompanying printed guide are held for consultation in Cadbury Research Library and available elsewhere. See the file level catalogue entry for CMS/ACC22 F4.
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Nancy Corby's service as a CMS missionary.


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