Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC88
TitleAccession 88: Walker MSS
Extent5 boxes: 22 volumes, 12 files, 1 bundle, 36 documents
DescriptionThis collection comprises personal papers of Robert Henry Walker relating to his service as a CMS missionary, together with some papers of Walker family. It includes originals and copies of Robert Walker's letters to his family and friends, 1887-1903, some of his writings, including manuscripts of articles, and an English-Luganda vocabulary. The family papers include a diary, possibly of his sister, which records visits to Paris in the 1880s and 1890s, and correspondence between the family and E. S. Daniell about a proposed biography of Walker's life, 1946. The collection includes a small number of photographs, including a group of the first five women missionaries to Uganda and another of Daudi, Kabaka of Uganda, c 1900
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series (and sub-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 HistoryRobert Henry Walker (1857-1939), Archdeacon of Uganda was educated at Dedham School, and St John's College, Cambridge where he obtained his BA (Theology) in 1879. He was ordained a deacon in 1880 and a priest in 1881 and became curate of All Souls, Langham Place, London until 1887 when he was accepted as a CMS missionary. He served largely at Mengo, Uganda. In 1892 he was appointed Archdeacon of Uganda by Bishop Tucker and he was also Secretary of the Uganda Mission. He married Eleanor Barbour in 1910 and retired from missionary service in 1913. He translated Oxford Helps to Study of the Bible into Luganda.

Reference: 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of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905), and unpublished additions to this register in the CMS archives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 HistoryThe original provenance of this collection is unknown. It was transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
CopiesOne of the volumes from this collection (diary [of Robert HenryWalker's sister]) has been microfilmed and micropublished with other primary sources under the title, 'Women's Language and Experience, 1500-1940: Women's Diaries and related Sources', Adam Matthew Publications, 1996. A copy of the microfilm and accompanying printed guide are held for consultation in Cadbury Research Library and available elsewhere. See the sub-series level catalogue entry for CMS/ACC88 F5.
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 Robert Walker's service as a CMS missionary. For a photocopy of Robert Walker's account of his journey to and work in Buganda 1887-1888 see CMS/ACC839.
Associated MaterialsAdditional papers of Robert Walker are held by other repositories:
letters (c100) to his family, c1890-1906 at Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
(GB 0115 MSS 45);
correspondence including letters to his family and letter


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