Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC345
TitleAccession 345: Papers of the Uganda Ladies' Working Party, Blackburn, Lancashire
Extent6 vols.
DescriptionThis collection comprises the minute books of the Uganda Ladies Working Party, 1926-1972, including annual reports and accounts, a meeting book which records attendance and subscriptions of lady members together with newscuttings about the annual sales of work, 1903-1921 and a manuscript set of rules of the society, 1888
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official 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 HistoryThis society was set up in 1888 in order to support the CMS Uganda mission. It was initially called the Eastern Equatorial Africa Working Party but subsequently was renamed the Uganda Ladies' Working Party. It was set up under the auspices of the CMS but was especially connected with the work of Rev Robert P. Ashe, a CMS missionary from Blackburn. He served in Uganda and during a furlough in England in 1887, he reported on the missionaries' need for a boat to allow them to cross the Nyanza Victoria Lake. The proceeds of the first sale of work, which was promoted by Miss Ashe, Rev Ashe's sister and the Misses Lewis, were devoted towards the purchase of a steamer. The Working Party met fortnightly and aimed to make things to be sold in aid of the Uganda mission. In 1926 it was reconstituted and the funds it raised were subsequently used for CMS medical mission work in the protectorate of Uganda and from this date it met monthly. In 1970 it became known as the Friends of the Uganda Working Party and it was dissolved in 1972.
Reference: Finding aid to the collection
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS per J. Greaves, Mar 1976; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s