Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC388
TitleAccession 388: Papers of Dr Max Warren
Extent26 boxes
DescriptionThis extensive collection of personal papers covers the whole of Max Warren's clerical and missionary career. Included is material compiled by Dr Warren while a parish priest in Cambridge before he became a CMS missionary and his personal papers as CMS General Secretary including research notes, sermons, correspondence with missionaries and photographs of CMS colleagues. Much of the collection consists of papers relating to his work on international church affairs, inter-faith relations and ecumenical issues. There are copies of many of Max Warren's articles, broadcasts and other publications as well as related papers, correspondence and reviews. Also included are copies of theses on Max Warren's missionary theology.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryMax Alexander Cunningham Warren (1904-1977), clergyman, writer, and missionary statesman. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge (B.A. 1926, M.A., 1931) and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 1926-1927. In 1927, he went to Nigeria as a member of the Hausa Band (formed in March 1924, following an appeal in Cambridge by G. T. Manley, CMS Africa Secretary, consisting of four members - Guy Bullen, W. H. Oswald, Norman Cook and Max Warren - who offered to CMS as a team to further missionary work among Moslems in Northern Nigeria). Warren reached Zaria in December 1927, but in 1929 was invalided home with tuberculosis. He was ordained deacon in 1932 and priest in 1933 and became curate of St John the Evangelist, Boscombe and Joint Secretary for Youth Work in Diocese of Winchester from 1932 until 1936. In 1936 he became vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge and Secretary of the Cambridge Pastorate, 1936-1942. He then served as General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society, 1942-1963. He became Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster in 1963.

He travelled widely, particularly to Africa and Asia. He was frequently invited to give lectures and to speak at conferences. He also wrote extensively including regular contributions to the monthly CMS News-Letter and numerous books and articles. His books included:
Loyalty (1935); Interpreters (1936); Master of Time (1943); The Calling of God (1944); Strange Victory (1946); The Truth of Vision (1948); The Christian Mission (1951); (Ed.) The Triumph of God (1948); Revival (1954); The Christian Imperative (1955); Caesar the Beloved Enemy (1955); The Gospel of Victory (1955); Partnership (1956); Challenge and Response (1959); Letters on Purpose (1963); Perspective in Mission (1964); The Missionary Movement from Britain in Modern History (1965); Social History and Christian Mission (1967); To Apply the Gospel (1971); A Theology of Attention (1971); Crowded Canvas (1974); I Believe in the Great Commission (1976).

References: Crockford's Clerical Directory; Who was Who, 1971-1980; Concise Dictionary of National Biography.
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS in October 1977 and transferred to the Special Collections Department in May 2007 (with the exception of the photographs in the collection which were temporarily retaind by the CMS in May 2007)
Related MaterialThe Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers include collections of papers relating to the Hausa Band with which Warren was involved, 1924-1930 (CMS/ACC293 and CMS/ACC115). It also includes two deposits of typescript copies of Warren's travel diaries, 1965-1970 (CMS/ACC303) and 1943-1970 (CMS/ACC882) and another collection of his papers (CMS/ACC774)

The Special Collections Department also holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which contains material relating to Warren's period of office as Secretary.


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