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Collection Level Description: Papers of Reverend Howard Joseph Church

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.2257
Title: Papers of Reverend Howard Joseph Church
Dates of Creation: 1953-1957
Extent: 2 files (85 ff.)
Name of Creator: Howard Joseph Church

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Howard Church was born on the 26 March 1904 and was educated at Perse School, Cambridge (1915-1918) and St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate (1918-1921). In 1925 he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he passed a BA degree in 1928, and he then entered Ridley Hall Theological College (1928-1930). After serving as a curate of St. Johns, Blackheath (1930-1932), during which time he was ordained as a deacon (1930) and as a priest (1931), Church joined the Church Missionary Society in Kenya where he served as a missionary from 1933-1946. In 1947 he became vicar of St. Marks, Nairobi where he remained until 1953 at which point he started work at Athi River Camp. After Athi River Camp, Church's work included serving as the vicar of Christ Church, Sparkbrook, Birmingham (1956-1959). He retired in 1972 and died on the 1 March 1984.

Scope and Content

Reports, memos, and speeches by the Reverend Howard Church relating to the Athi River Camp and Mau Mau rehabilitation.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Reverend Howard Church's widow on the 27 October 1995.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Church | Howard Joseph | 1904-1984 | Anglican Clergyman and Missionary

Mau Mau

Detention of persons | Africa

Kikuyu (African people) | Political activity

Missionaries | Kenya


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13 December 2011