Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC726
TitleAccession 726: Schon MSS
Extent117 docs. and 1 file
DescriptionThis collection comprises papers of James Frederick Schon, CMS missionary in Sierra Leone, 1832-1847, together with associated Schon and Buxton family papers and correspondence. It includes the incomplete original of Schon's journal of the first Niger expedition in 1841; nine letters he wrote to his third wife, Catherine, 1840-1842; letters received by Schon, one of which, dated 1843, is from Samuel Crowther, the remainder relating largely to his linguistic work and including letters concerning his award of the Volney prize, 1875-1886. Other family papers include some letters to and from Catherine Schon, 1857-1865; and letters to and from their daughter Emily Schon. Many of these are from members of the Buxton family, who included Thomas Fowell Buxton, a Vice-President of the CMS
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family 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 HistoryJames Frederick Schon, (CMS missionary in Sierra Leone 1832-1847) was renowned for his linguistic work, particularly in Hausa for which he produced a dictionary (1876) and grammar (1862). He accompanied the first Niger Expedition in 1841. In 1848 he became chaplain to the Melville Hospital, Chatham. In 1877 he was awarded the Volney Prize for his linguistic work and in 1884 received an honorary doctorate from Oxford University. He died at Chatham 30 March 1889. Schon married Anne Elizabeth Nylander in 1835 who died in Sierra Leone 5 Nov 1837. In 1839 he married Cordelia Irving who died the following year. On 5 February 1841 he married Catherine White (nee Drake), the widow of James White CMS missionary 1839-1840. Catherine survived her husband, dying 26 Oct 1892. One daughter, Annie Catherine married Edward Thomas Higgens, CMS missionary in Ceylon, in 1858.
Reference: Finding aid to the collection
Custodial HistoryPurchased by the University of Birmingham, April 1995 and added to the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers
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 Schon and his service as a CMS missionary. There are also other papers relating to Schon's translation work in the Church Missionary Society's Unofficial Papers (GB 0150 CMS/ACC78)


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