Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC762
TitleAccession 762: Hooper family papers
Extent17 boxes
DescriptionThese Hooper family papers include family and CMS correspondence and papers of Douglas Arthur Lowndes Hooper, both his first wife, Edith and second wife, Elizabeth, his son, Handley Douglas Hooper, his wife Margaret Cicely and their son, Cyril. The material includes papers of Handley Douglas Hooper as CMS Africa Secretary 1926-1949, such as, correspondence, reports and official papers and a collection of printed papers and also papers relating to his clerical roles as a curate, 1914-1915 and as rector at Holton, Norfolk. Other material comprises family correspondence, diaries, photographs, drawings and papers relating to missionary training. PART OF THIS COLLECTION HAS BEEN RETAINED BY THE CMS AND SO IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION AT THE CADBURY RESEARCH LIBRARY. IT IS CURRENTLY HELD AT THE CROWTHER CENTRE FOR MISSION EDUCATION AT CMS IN OXFORD AND ENQUIRIES ABOUT ACCESS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE CMS ARCHIVIST, KEN OSBORNE (; Tel: 01865787553)
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into two series: Family Papers and Official Papers and five sub-series
LocationPart of this collection has been retained by the CMS and so is not available for consultation at the Cadbury Research Library. Enquiries about access should be made to the CMS Archivist, Ken Osborne (, 01865 787553)
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 HistoryDouglas Arthur Lowndes Hooper (1862-1918) CMS Missionary East Africa Mission 1885-1917 was born in Clapham and educated at Harrow School and Cambridge University. He was accepted by the CMS as a missionary to East Africa in 1885 and was located to Uyui, Eastern Equatorial Africa. He was ordained by Bishop Tucker in 1890. In the same year he married, fellow CMS missionary Edith Baldey who died at Jilore only three years later. He married his second wife, medical missionary, Elizabeth Mary Wells, in 1895. Douglas Hooper died in January 1918 at Highbury.

Handley Douglas Hooper (1891-1966) was born in East Africa, the son of a serving CMS missionary. After education in England he was ordained and in 1915 accepted by CMS as a missionary in Kahuhia, British East Africa. Between 1917 and 1918, he served with the African Carrier Corps. In 1926 he returned to England and was appointed Secretary to CMS Africa Committee, a post he held until his retirement in 1949. In his official capacity he undertook visits to East and Central Africa and Sudan missions. In 1956 he was appointed Canon Emeritus of the Diocese of Mombasa. He was married in 1915 to Margaret Cicely Winterbotham. They had three children, Cyril, John and Margaret.

Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905); CMS Register of missionaries Men 1915-1918 (manuscript, unpublished)
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS January 1997
Related MaterialSee also CMS/ACC817


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