Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)DA35
TitlePapers of William Paton
Extent9 files
DescriptionGeneral correspondence, 1911-43; family correspondence, including letters from William Paton to his wife and children, primarily from India, 1910-43; letters of condolence to his family and arrangements for a memorial service following the death of William Paton, 1943; and obituaries, 1943.
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Administrative HistoryRev William Paton (1886-1943) was Missionary Secretary, Student Christian Movement, 1911-1921; then he served as General Secretary, National Christian Council of India, Burma and Ceylon, 1922-1927. In 1927 he became Secretary of the International Missionary Council and Editor of The International Review of Missions. He was appointed Joint General Secretary of the Provisional Committee of World Council of Churches from 1938. His publications included Jesus Christ and the World's Religions, 1916; Social Ideals in India, 1919; The Highway of God (with K. Harnett), 1920; Alexander Duff, 1922; A Faith for the World, 1929; The Faiths of Mankind, 1932; Christianity in the Eastern Conflicts, 1937; World Community, 1938; The White Man's Burden, 1939; The Message of the Worldwide Church, 1940; The Church and the New Order, 1941.
Reference: Who was who 1941-1950
Custodial HistoryThis collection was deposited with Selly Oak Colleges Library by the daughter of William Paton in 1987. 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.
Related MaterialOther related materials held by Special Collections include the records of the Student Christian Movement (GB 0151 DA1); and papers of his son, David McDonald Paton (GB 0151 DA34). There is an in memoriam tribute to Rev William Paton in the Church Missionary Outlook, October 1943 (GB 0150 CMS)
Associated MaterialsCorrespondence of William Paton with S. K. Datta, 1930-1932 is held at the British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections (GB 0059 MSS Eur F 78).