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Broomhall, Anthony James

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 CIM/PP 158-479
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Broomhall, Anthony James
Date(s): 1776-1991
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): Broomhall | Anthony James | 1911-1994 | physician, missionary and historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in Chefoo (Yantai), China, 1911; son of Benjamin Charles Broomhall and his wife Marion, of the Baptist Missionary Society, and grandson of the general secretary of the China Inland Mission, Benjamin Broomhall, who married Amelia, sister of its founder James Hudson Taylor; educated at the Chefoo School and at Monkton Combe, Bath, England; received his medical training at the London Hospital; joined the China Inland Mission (CIM) and sailed for China, 1938; married Theodora Janet Churchill, 1942; the couple began pioneering work among the Nosu tribe of south-west China, but were soon forced by the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) to flee to India; after the war they returned to the Nosu for four further years of medical and evangelical work; following several months of house arrest, they were expelled from China by the Communists with their four daughters, 1951; Broomhall's investigations as to whether the CIM could undertake medical work in Thailand led to three hospitals being founded there; also a pioneering missionary among the Mangyan people of the island of Mindoro in the Philippines for 11 years; re-visited Nosuland, 1988; historian of the China Inland Mission; died, 1994. Publications: Strong Tower (1947); Strong Man's Prey (1953); Fields for Reaping (1953); Time for Action (1965); Hudson Taylor and China's Open Century (7 volumes, 1981-1989).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1776-1991 (including some copies), some undated, collected by Anthony James Broomhall for his work on the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor and China's Open Century, comprising manuscript, typescript and printed notes and sources, largely undated, on Chinese and missionary history, on James Hudson Taylor, including his letters and personal papers, the chronology of his life, and his forebears, and on Frederick Howard Taylor; photocopies of drawings and photographs, including James Hudson Taylor and also Chinese buildings, cities, boats and rivers, and other scenes, copies of documents associated with Taylor, including his Bible and marriage certificate, and a photograph of his grave; maps of China and other parts of Asia, some including China Inland Mission stations; Broomhall's correspondence relating to his research, 1939-1991.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted. Readers should order the documents as CIM boxes 17-23 in SOAS Special Collections Reading Room.

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 form part of the series of personal and private papers of individual missionaries among the records of the China Inland Mission.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated with the records of the China Inland Mission from 1991.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the China Inland Mission (Ref: CIM), including various papers of other members of the Broomhall family.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed Gerald H Anderson (1998).

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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