Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC908
TitleAccession 908: Papers of Dorothy Jewitt
Extent2 boxes
Datec 1920-c1990
DescriptionPapers of Dorothy Jewitt comprising photograph albums and loose photographs relating to her service as a nursing missionary of the CMS in Eastern Nigeria, 1924-56; printed and other materials relating to the centenary celebrations of the CMS Niger Mission, 1857-1957; manuscript and typescript of her autobiography, the typescript made by her brother, Arthur Jewitt; typescripts of articles written by her; greetings cards and photographs sent to her after her retirement.

The collection also includes a diary and notes of Robert Ross, whom Dorothy subsequently married in 1956, relating to a three month visit to Nigeria, to spend time with his son, Rev P. J. Ross, October 1954-January 1955
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 HistoryDorothy Jewitt (1896-1982) served as a nursing missionary for the CMS in Nigeria from 1924 until her retirement in 1955. She served in the CMS missions at Iyi Enu, 1924-29, Isoko, 1930, Bethel, 1931-37, Warri 1937-39, and Bethel, 1941-45. She was instrumental in the development of midwifery and maternity services in remote areas of Nigeria and in establishing training centres for midwives. In 1952 she was appointed the first matron of the Iyi Enu Nursing Training School. She was awarded the Coronation medal in 1953 and was made an MBE in 1954. After her retirement and return to England she married Robert Ross in 1956, the father of Rev P. J. Ross, a CMS missionary in Nigeria.

Source: Dorothy Jewitt's autobiography, 'The pattern of life'
AcquisitionPresented as a gift by the family of Robert Ross October 2007
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 Dorothy Jewitt's missionary work. For another copy of the typescript of Dorothy Jewitt's autobiography, see CMS/ACC780.