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Lomas, Elizabeth

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 CWM/LMS Madagascar Personal Boxes 3-4
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Lomas, Elizabeth
Date(s): 1846-1950s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Lomas | Elizabeth | 1877-1959 | missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Birmingham, England, 1877; studied at Mason University College, Birmingham; BA (University of London external degree); appointed London Missionary Society (LMS) missionary to Madagascar, 1917; detained in England owing to World War One (1914-1918); sailed to Madagascar, 1919; took temporary charge of the Girls' High School at Fianarantsoa, Betsileo; moved to Tananarive and took charge of the Girls' Central School, 1921; retired, 1939; died at Parkstone, 1959.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1846-1950s, of Elizabeth Lomas, comprising certificates and testimonials for her education and teaching posts in England, 1888-1918; postcards of England; typescript and manuscript notes, addresses, stories, poems, etc, from her life in Madagascar [1919-1939]; diaries and notebooks including notes on personal and domestic matters, poetry, and press cuttings, 1920s-1930s; photographs of individuals, groups and places in Madagascar [1919-1939]; typescript circulars relating to missionary work in Madagascar, 1947-1950; various letters received, 1890s-1950s; various personal papers, 1900s-1950s; papers relating to Lomas family affairs, 1846-1916, including documents relating to probate and property and various certificates; photographs of her family and ancestors [19th-20th century].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Malagasy

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers were deposited with the London Missionary Society and form part of the special series of personal papers of individual LMS missionaries and officers.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the London Missionary Society by the Congregational Council for World Mission (later Council for World Mission) in 1973.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies also holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Elizabeth Lomas (Ref: CWM/LMS Madagascar Incoming Correspondence); her candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers 2nd series 1900-1950 Box 22); her reports from Madagascar, 1920-1938 (Ref: CWM/LMS Madagascar Reports Boxes 10-12 passim); a portrait photograph of her (Ref: CWM/LMS General Portraits Box 3); and a photograph of her at the Girls' Central School, Tananarive, 1931 (Ref: CWM/LMS Madagscar Photographs Box 8 File 65). SOAS also holds the papers of James Trenchard Hardyman, including papers relating to Elizabeth Lomas (Ref: PP MS 63 Box 59).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2002

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