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China Inland Mission Archive

    The collection description reads: « The China Inland Mission (CIM) was officially set up in 1865 under the direction of the Rev James Hudson Taylor and William Thomas Berger. Refusing to appeal for funds but relying on unsolicited contributions, the goal of the China Inland Mission was the interdenominational evangelization of China’s inland provinces. Missionaries were to have no guaranteed salary and were expected to become closely involved in the Chinese way of life. From its inception, women played a crucial role in the CIM. From 1878, amidst much public criticism, Taylor permitted single women to work in the mission field. By 1882, the CIM listed 56 wives of missionaries and 95 single women engaged in the ministry.  The collection has been arranged into seven main sections: China Inland Mission (CIM); Overseas Missionary Fellowship papers (CIM/OMF); James Hudson Taylor papers (CIM/JHT); personal and private papers (of individual missionaries) (CIM/PP); Chefoo Schools and Chefoo Schools Association (CIM/CSP); China Inland Mission photographs (CIM/PHOTO); and publications (CIM/PUB). Each section is sub-divided, with material arranged broadly in chronological order or, in the case of the personal and private papers, by the names of individual missionaries. »

    Original source name : China Inland Mission Archive
    English translation : China Inland Mission Archive
    Creator : Religious institutions
    Document- type 1 : correspondence
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : CIM (156 boxes, 236 volumes)
    Language(s) : English
    Geographical coverage : United Kingdom
    Time range : 19th-20th c.
    Year(s) : 1815-1999
    Theme 1 : empire/colonial
    Theme 2 : philanthropy
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Archive name : School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Archives, University of London
    Archive name (English) : School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Archives, University of London
    Archive address : Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG, England, United Kingdom
    City : London
    Country : United Kingdom
    Official website and institutional resources :
    Finding aid(s) : No
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