Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC908
TitleAccession 908: Papers of Dorothy Jewitt, MBE, SCN, SRN
Extent2 boxes
Datec 1920-c 1990
DescriptionPersonal and family papers. Including: photographs relating to Dorothy Jewitt's service as a nursing missionary with the Church Mission Society in Nigeria, 1924-1956 (most with captions); Dorothy Jewitt's autobiography; typescripts of her articles; greetings cards and photographs she reecived after her retirement.

Also including materials relating to the centenary celebrations of the CMS Niger Mission, 1857-1957, and a few papers of Robert Ross, 1954-1955.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged as 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
Creator NameDorothy Jewitt, 1896-1982, nurse and missionary.
Administrative HistoryDorothy Jewitt (1896-1982) served as a nursing missionary for the Church Mission Society in southern Nigeria from 1924 until her retirement in 1955. She was instrumental in the development of midwifery and maternity services in remote areas of Nigeria and in establishing training centres for midwives.

Over the course of her mission career, she was based at four different CMS mission stations: Iyi Enu [Iyienu], 1924-1929; Isoko, 1930, Bethel, 1931-1937, 1941-1945 and Warri 1937-1939. In 1952 she was appointed the first matron of the Iyi Enu [Iyienu] Nursing Training School.

Having retired from CMS and returned to England, she married Robert Ross in 1956. Robert Ross' son, the Rev P. J. Ross, was a CMS missionary in Nigeria.

She was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal in 1953 and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1954.

Source: Dorothy Jewitt's autobiography.
AcquisitionPresented as a gift by the family of Robert Ross, October 2007.
Related MaterialThe Cadbury Research Library holds other papers relating to Dorothy Jewitt.

There are papers relating to Dorothy Jewitt's missionary work in the Church Mission Society Archive (GB 0150 CMS) and a futher copy of her autobiography in CMS Accession 780: Papers of Dorothy Jewitt (GB 0150 CMS/ACC780).


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