Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC581
TitleAccession 581: Papers of the Hausa Band
Extent1 vol, 26 bundles, 7 files, 1 item
DescriptionThis collection consists of the records of the Hausa Band organisation, from its very early days through to the 1980s, including minutes, correspondence on mission and financial matters, records of meetings, financial statements and accounts and miscellaneous printed material. The file relating to Malam Tafida is closed.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Official 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 StatusPartially closed
Administrative HistoryIn 1922, the need for a new missionary strategy in northern Nigeria, and in other Moslem areas, was identified at CMS headquarters but there was no obvious candidate to send there. In 1923, G. T. Manley, CMS Africa Secretary, visited Cambridge University and appealed for men to lead a mission. As a result, a 'Hausa Band' was formed in March 1924 with four members: Guy Bullen and W. H. Oswald who were preparing for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Norman Cook who was in medical training and whose father was J. H. Cook, a former medical missionary in Uganda; and Max Warren, a first year student at Jesus College. They offered to CMS as a team, to work in northern Nigeria among Moslems. The Hausa Band was a largely self-supporting group within the CMS and it recruited for further members and raised a special fund for their support. It also published an occasional paper, 'Crusade Report', later known as 'Northern Nigeria' which reported on the progress of the missionaries and of the Ban's special fund for supporting them in northern Nigeria.

Bullen and Oswald arrived in Zaria in November 1926 and Max Warren reached Zaria in December 1927. In 1928, Bullen married Oswald's sister, a medical doctor, who became the fourth member of the Hausa Band to get to Nigeria and she contributed to the development of the medical mission work in Zaria with Dr Norman Cook. Cook, another member of the Hausa Band, started branch dispensaries at Funtua in 1931, at Maska in 1932 and at Chafe in 1933 before his death in that year.

Warren was invalided home in 1929 but once recovered, he played an active role in the administration of the Band, negotiating the financial arrangements with CMS headquarters and in recruiting new members.
Reference: Gordon Hewitt, The Problems of Success: a history of the Church Missionary Society 1910-1942 (SCM Press Ltd, 1971)
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS in September 1987 and transferred to the Special Collections Department in July 2003
Related MaterialThe Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers include another collection of papers relating to the Hausa Band (CMS/ACC115). The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which contains material relating to the activities of the Hausa Band in northern Nigeria


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