Record

LevelSub-fonds
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC882
TitleAccession 882: Diaries of Dr Max Warren
Extent38 volumes
Date1944-1970
DescriptionTyped bound copies, each with a general index giving names of places visited and summarised index of events
ArrangementA 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 ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
LanguageEnglish
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 HistoryMax Alexander Cunningham Warren (1904-1977), clergyman, writer, and missionary statesman. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge (B.A. 1926, M.A., 1931) and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 1926-1927. In 1927, he went to Nigeria as a member of the Hausa Band (formed in March 1924, following an appeal in Cambridge by G. T. Manley, CMS Africa Secretary, consisting of four members - Guy Bullen, W. H. Oswald, Norman Cook and Max Warren - who offered to CMS as a team to further missionary work among Moslems in Northern Nigeria). Warren reached Zaria in December 1927, but in 1929 was invalided home with tuberculosis. He was ordained deacon in 1932 and priest in 1933 and became curate of St John the Evangelist, Boscombe and Joint Secretary for Youth Work in Diocese of Winchester from 1932 until 1936. In 1936 he became vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge and Secretary of the Cambridge Pastorate, 1936-1942. He then served as General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, 1942-1963. He became Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster in 1963.

He travelled widely, particularly to Africa and Asia. He was frequently invited to give lectures and to speak at conferences. He also wrote extensively including regular contributions to the monthly CMS News-Letter and numerous books and articles. His books included:
Loyalty (1935); Interpreters (1936); Master of Time (1943); The Calling of God (1944); Strange Victory (1946); The Truth of Vision (1948); The Christian Mission (1951); (Ed.) The Triumph of God (1948); Revival (1954); The Christian Imperative1 (1955); Caesar the Beloved Enemy (1955); The Gospel of Victory (1955); Partnership (1956); Challenge and Response (1959); Letters on Purpose (1963); Perspective in Mission (1964); The Missionary Movement from Britain in Modern History (1965); Social History and Christian Mission (1967); To Apply the Gospel (1971); A Theology of Attention (1971); Crowded Canvas (1974); I Believe in the Great Commission (1976).
References: Crockford's Clerical Directory; Who was Who, 1971-1980; Concise Dictionary of National Biography.
CopiesAvailable on microfilm and online.

Microfilm copies:

The collection was microfilmed by Adam Matthew Publications as part of the publication of the records of the Church Missionary Society archive. Released as: Church Missionary Society Archive, Section III, Central Records, Part 21, Reels 319-334, Diaries of Dr Max Warren (General Secretary of CMS, 1942-1963). A copy of the microfilms and accompanying printed guide are available for consultation in Cadbury Research Library and elsewhere. The mcirofilm set held by Cadbury Research Library is located in mcirofilm drawer E6.

Online access:

The microfilm has been digitally published by Adam Matthew Digital Ltd under the title: ‘Research Source - Church Missionary Society Archive’: Central Records. Online access is open to members of, and visitors to, subscribing institutions. All visitors who have registered for a Cadbury Research Library Reader ticket can access the online copies on the public access computers in the Cadbury Research Library Reading Room. Staff and students of the University of Birmingham may also access the products when off campus through the University’s eResources (log in through FindIt@Bham, select Database Search and enter ‘Church Missionary Society Archive’).

For institutions that do not currently subscribe, free four-week trials of Adam Matthew Digital products are open to teachers, faculty and librarians of universities, colleges, and academic institutions. Further information about trial access is available at: https://www.amdigital.co.uk/products/free-trials.
Related MaterialThe Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers include collections of papers relating to the Hausa Band with which Warren was involved, 1924-1930 (CMS/ACC293 and CMS/ACC115). It also includes a further deposit of typescript copies of Warren's travel diaries, 1965-1970 (CMS/ACC303) and other collections of his papers (CMS/ACC388 and CMS/ACC774)

The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which contains material relating to Warren's period of office as Secretary.