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Baldwin, Arthur

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMS/Special Series/Biographical/Central Africa/FBN 12-13 (Box 608)
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Baldwin, Arthur
Date(s): 1889-1902
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Baldwin | Arthur | 1864-1937 | missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born at Otley, Yorkshire, of devout Methodist parents, 1864; educated at Otley Collegiate School; entered the Primitive Methodist ministry, 1887; minister at Barrowford, 1887-1888; Halifax, 1888-1889; sent by the Primitive Methodist Missionary Committee on a pioneering mission to northern Rhodesia, 1889-1902; his time in Africa affected his health and he returned to England, 1902; minister at Halifax, 1902-1903; Brighouse, 1903-1908; Nottingham, 1908-1911; Gainsborough, 1911-1916; Leeds, 1916-1919; Financial Secretary to the Missionary Department, 1919-1924; Kingston, 1924-1925; Secretary of the Chapel Aid Association, 1925-1936; supernumerary, 1936; married firstly Elizabeth Anne (née Smith) and secondly Harriet (née Wright); died, 1937. Publication: The Rev Henry Buckenham, pioneer missionary (Joseph Johnson, London [1920]).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1889-1902, of Arthur Baldwin, comprising diaries, 1889-1899, describing his journeys, work and life in Africa, including domestic activities and agricultural concerns; letters from Baldwin to his mother, 1889-1902, recounting his activities; letters from F Coillard to Baldwin, 1893-1895, concerning missionary work and concerns; undated manuscript notes on Coillard; undated map marked 'Proposal for a new mission Moomba'; letter to Mr Baldwin from F Pickering, 1897; letter to Mrs Baldwin from Mrs C Thackeray in New Zealand [1908]; nine photographs of southern Africa, mostly undated landscapes but including one of mission staff, 1899, among them some indigenous workers.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche.

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Unpublished handlist.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 Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society from 1978.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Primitive Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/PMMS). SOAS also holds Edwin Smith's transcripts of Baldwin's journals (Ref: MMS/WMMS/Special Series/Notes & Transcripts/FBN 1-2).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers (1936); Wesleyan Methodist Church Minutes of Conference (1938), p 181; British Library OPAC.

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:
Feb 2002

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