Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC402
TitleAccession 402: Papers of Rev. Henry Cole
Extent7 vols, 5 bundles, 13 items
Datec 1897- 1935
DescriptionThe papers of Rev. Henry Cole comprise his writings on issues relating to the people of Equatorial East Africa among whom he worked as a missionary. There are also printed papers and photographs on the same theme including material relating to Medical Mission exhibition, Newcastle-on-Tyne held in 1907. Other miscellaneous items include diaries, letters and CMS printed papers.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Miscellaneous Papers
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 HistoryHenry Cole (1846-1945) first went out to Mpwapwa in East Africa in 1879 as a lay missionary and agriculturalist. After returning to England for training he was ordained priest in 1890 by Bishop Tucker of the Eastern Equatorial Mission and took up a post in Kisokwe two years later. His language work included translations of some of the Madras Christian Vernacular Education Society publications into Swahili and a Kigogo hymn book. He carried on writing after his retirement to England on health grounds in 1905 and in 1924 'Children of the Dark Continent ' was published, a work based on his experiences and reminiscences of his work in Africa.
He married his first wife, H. Millington in 1881 and she became one of the first three missionary wives to live in an Eastern Equatorial mission. She died at Kisokwe in 1883. His second wife, Alice Mary Baxter, who he married in 1886 was the sister of his colleague Dr. E.J. Baxter, a medical missionary in Mpwapwa.
Henry Cole died in 1945 at St Leonards-on-Sea.
References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905) and Register of missionaries additional List I 1804-1892
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS in October 1978 and transferred to the Special Collections Department in July 2003
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 Henry Cole's missionary work.


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