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Collection of Stanley W. Smith (fl. 1937-1966)

Identifier: CSWC 28

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers and copies of items relating to the Methodist Mission and Church in Nigeria, in particular: articles, reports and papers about the mission (1922-1978); an index of relevant articles covering the period 1870-1970; transcripts and copies of diaries of Methodist missionaries in particular William Norcross, Paul Kingston and Christopher Hutchinson (from c 1920); and copies of letters from Alexander Fenby to his wife Grace (1927-1931).


  • Creation: [ca. 1920-1986]

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Biographical / Historical

Stanley W. Smith was a Methodist Missionary Society missionary in Nigeria. He worked as an educational missionary and was in Nigeria from 1937 to 1952. On returning from Nigeria he worked as a minister in Hastings (1952), Huddersfield (1955), Bradford (1959), Salford (1962), Manchester (1964) and Hungerford (1966). He retained a keen interest in Nigeria and in missionary and church work throughout his life. Smith retired to Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.


2 Files


The material is arranged in files and the articles within the files are in chronological order.

Custodial History

The material was collected and copied by the Reverend Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was deposited at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World by the Reverend Smith on various occasions in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


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Related Materials

The Centre Library has other collections of archives and material relating to Nigeria.


Much of the collection consists of copies of material held in the archives of the Methodist Mission at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.


The biographical history was compiled using material within the collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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