Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)DA10
TitlePapers of Bishop John Davies
Extent5 boxes
DescriptionPapers relating to the ministry of John Dudley Davies (b 1927) to South Africa and the struggle with the apartheid regime, comprising:

- papers relating to the South African Council of Churches and the Christian Institute including papers of the 'Obedience to God' group which became the Council's Theological Commission which led to the publication of 'The message to the people of South Africa'

- papers relating to Christian Witness in the Academic World, Anglican Students Federation, University Christian Movement

- papers from the Christian Council and Witwatersrand Council of Churches relating to land, rights of residence, mass removals

- lectures, letters to the press, newspaper articles, book reviews

- magazines, news sheets produced by the Christian Institute, University Christian Movement, Anglican Student Federation
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsThis is a preliminary description and will be enhanced at a future date. For further information please contact Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySee entry for John Dudley Davies (b 1927) in 'Who's Who' for further biographical information. Information relating to his ministry in South Africa:

He arrived in South Africa in January 1957 and initially served in a white parish of Yeoville, a suburb of Johannesburg before moving to a new mining township of Evander, also in the diocese of Johannesburg, where he served as the priest for the black mineworkers, 1957-61. In 1961 he moved to the Diocese of Zululand and Swaziland, as Rector and Director of Missions at Empangeni. From 1963 until 1970, he served as the Anglican Chaplain at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the Johannesburg College of Education

He was a founder member of the Christian Institute; a member of the Executive Committee of the University Christian Movement of South Africa, 1966-69; National Chairman of the Division of the Christian Education of the South Africa Council of Churches, 1964-70; and was involved in many other operations for the South Africa Council of Churches and the Regional Council of Churches. He was also involved in setting up the Study Project on Christianity in Apartheid Society
AcquisitionThis collection was deposited with Selly Oak Colleges Library in February 1996 on permanent loan. It was then transferred to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library. In 2000, the custodianship of all archive collections held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre was transferred to the University of Birmingham


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