Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC817
TitleAccession 817: Papers of the Hooper Family
Extent[c 14 boxes]
DescriptionA large collection of papers and other materials relating to the missionary work of members of the Hooper family, principally Handley Hooper, Cicely Hooper and Cyril Hooper which includes; family letters, diaries, sermons, notes for talks, memoirs and reminiscences, reports, photographs, printed papers, a film about Kahuhia, glass slides, watercolours; study materials and a missionary lotto game.

ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
Access ConditionsPart of this collection has been retained by the CMS for digitisation and so is not available for consultation in the Cadbury Research Library. Retained material comprises photographs, slides and a film. Enquiries about accessing the material listed below should be made to the CMS Archivist, Ken Osborne. Email: or telephone 01865787553.

CMS/ACC817 F10/2B;
CMS/ACC817 F11/2-7;
CMS/ACC817 F12;
CMS/ACC817 F14;
CMS/ACC817 F15;
CMS/ACC817 F16
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, but subject to some access restrictions
Administrative HistoryCyril James Douglas Hooper (1916-1999) CMS missionary (Kenya) 1939-57, CMS Youth Adviser 1957-64, CMS Overseas Service Adviser 1964-71; Kenya (Kirogo Secondary School Murunga 1972-75 married 21 February 1942 Ursula Gimingham
Reference: Information supplied by CMS Archivist

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.
Reference: CMS Register of missionaries Men 1915-1918 (manuscript, unpublished)

Douglas 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.

References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS January 2001
Related MaterialSee CMS/ACC762


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