|Description||Personal 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 articles written by her; greetings cards and photographs sent to her 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.
|Administrative History||Dorothy 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.