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Photographs of Emily Godfrey (1884-1978)

Identifier: CSWC 20

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs, negatives and lantern slides (3 slides only) showing the hospital at Ama Achara, patients and staff, missionaries, church workers, other areas in Eastern Nigeria including Calabar, and mission work in general; most of the photographs are from the 1920s-mid 1940s but there are some earlier ones of Mary Slessor; and there is also a printed article on the hospital (1937).


  • Creation: 20th century

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Biographical / Historical

Emily Godfrey, Methodist Missionary Society missionary in Eastern Nigeria, was the first missionary nurse at Ama Achara, near Umuahia, Abia state. A dispensary was opened there in 1921 and for many years the station was manned only by a female nurse and evangelist, with occasional help from doctors. Godfrey oversaw a gradual expansion of the work and, as more buildings were added, a fully functioning hospital was established. She left Nigeria in the 1940s.


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Most of the photographs are pasted into exercise books, many are captioned in Emily Godfrey's hand, some were annotated at a later date by the Reverend Smith. Most of the negatives are not captioned.

Custodial History

Some pamphlets and printed reports of the mission were included in the collection but these were filed separately in the Centre library. Some of the photographs were identified and annotated at a later date by the Reverend S. W. Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was deposited at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World by Emily Godfrey when the Centre was part of Aberdeen University.


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Related Materials

The archives of the Methodist Mission are held by the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. Emily Godfrey also donated some reports and other printed material relating to the mission in Nigeria which were deposited in the Centre's library.


The biographical history was compiled using Familusi, M. M. Methodism in Nigeria. Nigeria, NPS Educational Publishers Ltd., 1992.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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