Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC317
TitleAccession 317: Papers of Richard Alexander Whiteside and Susanna Elizabeth Whiteside, née Bryers
Extent5 files, 58 items
DescriptionPapers relating Richard and Susie's service as CMS missionaries in Szechwan, Western China between 1905 and 1923. Official papers and certificates of Richard Whiteside including his letter of admission as a lay evangelist of the Church Army in 1899. There are also papers of their son, Laurence Whiteside, in connection with a proposed biography of Archdeacon W. E. Owen and this material includes reminiscences and letters which he received from CMS missionaries.

The papers include diaries, letters and other accounts of their experiences and missionary work, including Susie's journal letters, 1905-1911, Richard's diaries of a journey to the Tibetan border in 1907 and another which records the period of the 'Boxer' outbreak in March 1909.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into three series: Family Papers, Official 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 HistoryRichard Alexander Whiteside (1878-1923) of Preston, Lancashire, a cotton weaver was a Church Army evangelist before being admitted to the CMS Preparatory Institution and College in 1904. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1905 and sailed for the West China Mission the same year. He served at Auksien and Chunpa and opened work at Lungan in 1911. He was the victim of a serious assault by Chinese in 1911 and returned to England. He returned to Lungan in 1913 and was ordained deacon in 1918 and priest in 1919. After furlough in England he returned to Mienyang. He was shot dead by bandits in 1923. He married Susanna Elizabeth Bryers (1876-1945) in 1910 at Szechwan. Susanna, formerly a dressmaker of Liverpool, was also accepted as a missionary by the CMS in 1905 and served at Auksien, Western China, before her marriage. Richard and Susanna Whiteside had a son, Laurence.
Reference: Manuscript registers of CMS missionaries (Men 1905-1907 and Women 1905-1907) in the CMS archive
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS by L. Whiteside, Croydon, Surrey, July 1974; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Richard and Susanna Whiteside's service as CMS missionaries. Articles about the assault on and murder of Richard Whiteside appear in CMS publications: CMS Gazette, Dec 1911, p. 374; CMS Outlook, 1923 p. 219


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