Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC403
TitleAccession 403: Papers of Richard Seymour Chalk
Extent9 vols, 3 files
DescriptionThis collection of photographs, diaries, scrapbooks and associated papers forms a very detailed and comprehensive personal record of Rev. Richard Chalk's life and educational work for the CMS in Northern India. He meticulously recorded his reminiscences of colleagues, friends and pupils and gives accounts of his travels and experiences in the mission field. The scrapbooks were compiled at a later date and the diaries and photograph albums were revised and annotated in 1978 prior to them being deposited with CMS.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family 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 HistoryRichard Seymour Chalk (1905-1985) went out to India on short service in November 1929 as a teacher of English at the CMS High School in Bhagalpur. In 1932 he returned to England, was ordained and spent four years as a curate in Plymouth before returning to India as a CMS missionary. He became Principal of the Middle School in Champanagar which contained a considerable number of orphan boys. He became Principal of the High School in 1947 a post he held until 1950. He then continued as Hostel and Orphanage Superintendent until 1951 when he resigned from CMS and returned to England.
Source: Information supplied by CMS Archivist.
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS in December 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 Richard Chalk's missionary work.


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