Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)DA17
TitlePapers of Mildred Eleanor Gibbs
Extent7 manuscript boxes containing 22 folders of typescript notes
DescriptionResearch papers compiled by Gibbs for use in the composition of her publication 'The History of the Anglican Church in India, 1600-1970', published in 1972.
ArrangementThe collection comprises one series of research papers, which is further arranged into three subseries: folders arranged according to geographical/diocesan region and related institution, folders of general background material, and an alphabetical sequence of biographical notes. Arrangement has been undertaken in accordance with what is thought to be the original provenance of the papers
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Physical Description7 manuscript boxes containing 22 files; each file contains circa 250 pages of typescript notes
Administrative HistoryMildred Eleanor Gibbs was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1901. She was educated at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University where she gained a First in the School of Modern History, 1923. She undertook research into nineteenth century British constitutional history, for which she was awarded an MA from Manchester University. She became involved in the Student Christian Movement, and became a Church Mission Society missionary in India in 1932. From 1933-1962 she taught history at St John's College, Agra. Her publications include the monographs, 'From Jerusalem to New Delhi', 1964, and 'The History of the Anglican Church in India, 1600-1970', 1972. Throughout her time in Agra she also edited 'The Diocesan Chronicle', Lucknow.
Custodial HistoryUnder the original terms of her will, these papers were left to the India Church History College at Serampore College, West Bengal. However, the originals were deposited by Richard E. Gibbs [nephew of Mildred Eleanor Gibbs, and executor of her will] at Selly Oak Colleges Library, Birmingham, and a microfilm copy supplied to the India Church History Association. The collection 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

Cataloguing of the papers was undertaken by the Special Collections department, University of Birmingham, in March 2000, as a result of the University of Birmingham's relationship with Selly Oak Colleges endowment trust.
CopiesPreservation microfilming has been undertaken by the British Library; microfilm copies are held by India Office Library and Records, and by the India Church History Association, India
Related MaterialThe papers include a copy of the publication 'From Jerusalem to New Delhi. The Story of the Christian Church' by M. E. Gibbs (publ. by the Christian Literature Society, 1964), now stored and catalogued separately. The Special Collections Department, Edgbaston Campus holds the official archives of the Church Missionary Society which includes material relating to Gibb's service as a missionary (GB 0150 CMS)
Publication NoteNotice by Miss Frances H. B. Williams (Librarian, Selly Oak Colleges Library, Birmingham) relating to collection in 'The Annual Bulletin of the Association of the British Theological and Philosophical Libraries' (NS, No. 20, Mar 1981), pp. 2-3


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