Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC862
TitleAccession 862: Papers of Ralph Banks
DescriptionPapers relating to the lives and missionary careers of Ralph Banks and his wife, Dora including a copy of their autobiographical recollections, 'The Life and Times of Ralph and Dora Banks', correspondence, draft extracts from Ralph Banks' reminiscences and accounts of events in their lives as missionaries in East Africa, Ralph Banks' sermon and scriptural notes, printed maps of Tanganyika Territory, a copy of Krapf's Swahili Dictionary and photographic negatives of East Africa mission locations. 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 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 HistoryRalph Banks (1887-1960) was accepted as a CMS missionary to East Africa in 1914 and was, at first, located to Buxton High School , Mombasa, Kenya. In 1920 he married Dora Wood Frankland (1897-1984) and the couple were located to the CMS Tanganyika mission serving in Muhalala 1921-1925, Kilimatinde 1926-1935, 1940-1947, Berega 1936-1939 and later in Dodoma until Ralph retired in 1953.

Source: 'The Life and Times of Ralph and Dora Banks' and information supplied by the CMS Archivist
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS February 2002
Related MaterialThe Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society which contains material relating to Ralph Bank's missionary service.


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