Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC760
TitleAccession 760: Papers of Herbert Edwin James Biggs
Extent5 boxes
DescriptionThis collection comprises journals, diaries and notebooks kept by Herbert Biggs from his childhood until his death recording his collection of natural history specimens, his military service during the First world War, his family life and missionary service in the Middle East and his life as a parish priest on returning to England. Other material includes photographs, medals and army papers and a hymn book dating from 1833.
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 HistoryHerbert Edwin James Biggs (1895-1973) was a CMS missionary from 1921 to 1942, serving in Isfahan and Kerman in the Persian Mission 1922 to 1935 and in the Deputation Department of the CMS headquarters staff 1942-1944. After leaving the CMS Biggs was appointed Rector of Mellis and Burgate in Suffolk, a position he held until his retirement in 1948. In retirement he worked as Metropolitan Secretary for the United Society for Christian Literature 1948-1952 and later as Assistant Home Secretary. He also served as President of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1924 he married Phyllis Winifred Cooke who died in 1962.

Source: Information provided by CMS Archivist
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS September 1996
Related MaterialFor further unofficial papers of Herbert Biggs see CMS ACC254


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