Scope and Contents
The collection consists of letters (1928-1938) from Gibson to her family written while on missionary business in Europe, Palestine, Africa, and India; notes made by Gibson on African missions visited, on their activities, histories and records, and on meetings about missions (1933-1944) and on continental missions (ca. 1937-1948 including financial status); circulars and printed reports by the International Missionary Council and the Conference of Missionary Societies, and on Nyasaland and Leopoldville (1959-1960); pamphlets on Africa, Christianity, race and colour questions (1907-1958); sketches and photographs of Africa (c 1933); and a German missionary bibliography and German periodicals (1931-1969).
Language of Materials
English, and German.
Conditions Governing Access
Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers at Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ. Some material may be restricted or closed under Data Protection regulations. To allow staff time for the necessary screening of material, please contact the repository at least two weeks in advance of your visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Biographical / Historical
Betty D. Gibson was one of the secretarial staff of the International Missionary Council (IMC) in which she played a significant role acting as secretary and administrator for both the IMC and for Joseph Oldham. A graduate in French and German, in 1916 she joined the staff of Oldham's Continuation Committee which had been set up after the 1910 World Missionary Conference. She made several trips overseas for missionary conferences or to investigate the state and extent of missionary activity in various countries. She frequently wrote letters home, or kept diaries and notes of her visits and findings, some of which survive in this collection.