Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)DA24
TitleRecords of the Korean Mission
Extent55 boxes, 3 vols
Datec 1900-1987
DescriptionRecords of the Korean Mission deposited by the Mission's home office, which reflect the role of the Organising Secretary as the central point of contact for Mission staff. Includes minutes of the Central and Executive Committees, 1900-1979; ledgers and cash books, 1949-1967; indexes of financial contributors to the work of the Mission; indexes of orphans and 'adopters', involved in the Mission's sponsorship scheme; correspondence files; Korean bibles, scripture, liturgy, prayer and hymn books; printed material including annual reports, 1889-1910, and issues of the Mission's quarterly magazine 'Morning Calm', 1891-1987; press cuttings; over 2,000 photographs, slides, films and sound recordings.

ArrangementThe papers have been grouped into minutes; account books; indexes of contributors and sponsors; correspondence files; religious texts (Korean); publications; press cuttings and audio-visual material, including photographs, slides and sound recordings. Lists of missionaries, lay workers and church dedications can be found towards the end of the sequence, with ephemera.
Access ConditionsAccess to parts of the collection is restricted. This includes correspondence, which is embargoed for 30 years. In accordance with Data Protection regulations records relating to the Korean Mission's adoption scheme, which include personal data relating to individual orphans and sponsors, are closed for the lifetime of the individual where known, or 75 years.
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Access StatusPartially closed
Physical DescriptionPhotograph albums are fragile and should be handled with care.
Administrative HistoryIn response to appeals from the neighbouring churches in China and Japan, the Archbishop of Canterbury established the Anglican diocese of Korea and consecrated Charles John Corfe as its first Bishop in 1889. Before leaving England in 1890, Bishop Corfe founded the Korean Mission. He also began the publication 'Morning Calm', originally as a quarterly intercession paper. The work of the Mission was funded by an annual grant of £600 from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and for many years the diocese depended on this block-grant for the salaries of its European workers. To help train priests for the Mission, Corfe founded the Korean Missionary Brotherhood, led by Father Alfred Kelly. The Brotherhood provided some of the first priests for Korea, but Father Kelly found that his Brotherhood [later known as the Society of the Sacred Mission] was shaping into a Religious Community and Bishop Corfe waived any further claim to services of its members in Korea. In 1892, the Sisters of the Community of St. Peter, Kilburn [later at Woking], accepted an invitation to work amongst women in Korea. In 1925 they helped to establish an indigenous Community, the Society of the Holy Cross. The Mission's medical work was supported by the Navy through the 'Hospital Naval Fund', until 1941.

Bishop Corfe arrived at In'chon [Chemulpo], Korea, in 1890. By 1891, a hospital and the first Anglican Church had been built at In'chon, and a year later a church at Seoul. The first Korean baptisms took place in 1897, including Mark Kim of Kanghwa, later to be ordained as the first Korean Anglican priest (in 1915). In 1910, Korea became subject to Japanese rule, and Bishop Mark Napier Trollope returned to Korea after his consecration to find himself Bishop of the Japanese Christians in his Diocese as well as of the Koreans. At this time Japanese-speaking priests and lay-workers were added to the staff. In 1922, Trollope began the composition of a Korean liturgy. In 1925, a cathedral for Seoul, the Church of St Mary & St Nicholas, was consecrated. At the time of Trollope's death in 1930, there were 20 native priests in Korea. During the Second World War, hostility towards the British meant that by early 1941 most of the foreign staff of the Mission had been withdrawn from Korea. However, the Anglican Church in Korea survived and Mission staff gradually returned at the end of the War in 1945. However, the Diocese had been divided at the 38th parallel, with the USSR in control of the North and the USA military government in control of the South. Communications with North Korea were severed after the 1950-1953 Korean War, although some Korean priests were permitted to continue their ministry.

Diocesan Bishops of Korea between 1889 and 1965 have included Charles John Corfe (1889-1904), Arthur Beresford Turner (1905-1910), Mark Napier Trollope (1911-1930), Alfred Cecil Cooper (1931-1954), and John Charles Sydney Daly (1955-1965). The Diocese was divided in 1965, when Paul Ch'on-Hwan Li [Paul Lee] was consecrated Bishop of Seoul and John Charles Sydney Daly was translated to the newly created Diocese of Taejon. The Diocese of Busan was created in 1974, out of the south-eastern part of Taejon. On the 16th April 1993, after 103 years as an extra-provincial church under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Korea became an autonomous province within the Anglican Communion. The Korean Mission was renamed The Korean Mission Partnership.

At home, the Bishop of Korea was represented by his commissaries. By 1900, Home Organisation had evolved a more formal structure with the creation of the Central Committee, which met annually. The Executive Committee met monthly, reporting to the Central Committee. Various sub-committees handled area such as finance (1909-) and education. From its foundation, the work of the Korean Mission was supported by associated organisations, including the Association for Prayer and Work in Korea, the Hospital Naval Fund (1889-), the Children's Fund, the Education Fund, and St Peter's Association for
Foreign Missions (1891-).
Custodial HistoryThe first deposit of papers was made with Selly Oak Colleges Library by the Korean Mission, now known as the Korean Mission Partnership, in October 1987. A second deposit was made in 1993. 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
CopiesWith the exception of records that were closed at the time of microfilming, this collection is available on microfilm and online.

The collection was micropublished by Adam Matthew Publications under the title 'Korean Mission Records: Papers of the Korean Mission, 1889-1987'. A set of the microfilm is available in the Cadbury Research Library for use by all registered researchers.

The microfilm has been digitally published by Adam Matthew Digital Ltd so the collection can also be seen online by members of, and visitors to, the Cadbury Research Library and other institutions that subscribe to 'Research Source - Missionary Studies: Korean Mission Records, AMD Ltd. All visitors who have registered for a Cadbury Research Library Reader ticket can access Adam Matthew Digital products on the public access computers in the Cadbury Research Library Reading Room. Staff and students of the University of Birmingham may also access the products when off campus through the University’s eResources (log in through FindIt@Bham), To find out more about Adam Matthew Digital and to request a free trial, go to
Related MaterialThe Cadbury Research Library also holds papers of Alfred Cecil Cooper, Bishop of Korea 1931-1954 (GB 0151 DA59) and papers of Constance Trollope and Mark Napier Trollope, Bishop of Korea 1911-1930 (GB 0151 DA60)
Publication Note'The Anglican Church in Corea', by C. J. Corfe, Bishop (Rivingtons, London 1906) - see reference DA24/9/10;
'The Church in Corea', by Mark Napier Trollope, Bishop in Corea (A.R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, 1915) - see reference DA24/9/11;
'The English Church Mission in Corea: its Faith and Practice', with preface by Rt. Rev. Bishop Corfe (A. R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, 1917) - see reference DA24/9/12 ;
'Charles John Corfe. Naval Chaplain - Bishop', by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Montgomery (The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1927) - see reference DA24/9/13;
'Mark Napier Trollope. Bishop in Corea 1911-1930', by Constance Trollope (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London 1936) - see reference DA24/9/14;
'The Anglican Church in Korea', by Richard Rutt (The Korean Mission, 1963) - see reference DA24/8/9/1;
'Four Mitres. Reminiscences of an irrepressible Bishop', Parts 1-4, by John Daly, 1983 - see reference DA24/9/15.


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