Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC232
TitleAccession 232: Papers of the Donnithorne family
Extent81 docs
Datec 1910-1949
DescriptionThis collection comprises personal and family letters and other papers of Vivyan and Gladys Donnithorne both before and during their service as missionaries in China. It includes letters to Gladys from Oswald Chambers and her brother who were both on active service during the First World War, 1914-1917; letters to Gladys, from her mother and sister, relating to family matters, 1916-1936; official letters to Vivyan relating to his war service and retirement from the CMS; photographs of the Donnithorne family; sermon and other notes; and a typescript of the principles and aims of the West China Evangelistic Band
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Official Papers.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryVivyan Henry Donnithorne (1886-1968) served in 11th Hampshire Regiment during First World War. He married Gladys Ingram (d 1977) in 1916 and they became CMS missionaries to Western China in 1919 until 1945. They then served as missionaries with the West China Evangelistic Band at Pehpei 1943-1951 and then in Hong Kong from 1953.
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS in 1970; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialThe Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers includes other collections of the Donnithorne family: CMS/ACC165 and CMS/ACC251.
The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to service of Vivyan and Gladys Donnithorne as CMS missionaries.


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