Scope and Contents
The material consists of papers, reports, correspondence, articles and press cuttings relating to: (1) South Africa: includes some early records such as on Lovedale (1884-1950s), material on the Paris Evangelical Society (1917-1960s), and material on the reaction of the churches to events in South Africa (1960s-1970s). (2) Zimbabwe: with materiel on Christian reaction to events (1951-1979). (3) Zambia: includes correspondence about the Livingstonia Mission (Rhodesia) Provident Fund (1953-1958), and papers on Zambia and the churches (1936-1971). (4) Malawi: includes government reports (1889-1890s), material on the mission's medical work (1950-1958); church papers on the Devlin Commission (1959), material on the church and mission in Malawi including two early photographs (c 1910-20, 1958-1974). (5) Central African Federation: general material on reactions to Federation from church and mission (1951-1960s). (6) Kenya: includes accounts of Kenyatta in Edinburgh (1930-1934), and other material on Christianity in Kenya (1950s-1970s). (70 Nigeria: includes some early reports (1918-1923), material on the Civil War and its aftermath and Christian responses in terms of church and relief work (1967-1971), and some material relating to Ogu Kalu (1974-1975). (8) Other African countries and Africa General. (9) Latin America, China and Mission in General. (10) Betty Gibson and International Missionary Council: includes material on German missions (1918-1954) and reports and surveys on mission work in Africa (1928-1956). (11) Church of Scotland: with Church and Nation, Staffing and Medical Committee papers (1960-1974). (12) Conference of Missionary Societies: includes committee papers and material on Africa and Christian Literature (1953-1970). (13) British Council of Churches, Christian Aid and Social Change: includes papers and reports on BCC and other Christian Aid projects.
Biographical / Historical
Neil Cameron Bernard, Church of Scotland missionary in Nigeria and Malawi and Foreign Mission secretary, was born in Edinburgh on 10 January 1909. After leaving school in 1924 Bernard worked as an accountant for the local stationers, Waterston and Sons, until in 1930 he was appointed a lay missionary to Calabar, Nigeria. He spent four years working in the Calabar book store returning in 1934 to train for the ministry. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and New College from where he received an MA in 1938. He was also student assistant at Dunfermline St John's between 1934 and 1936 and in 1938 spent some time at the University of Tübingen. Bernard was ordained for foreign mission service in Calabar in 1939, then from 1947 to 1949 he was Men Candidates' Secretary for the Foreign Mission Department of the Church of Scotland. He returned to the field in 1950, being appointed Regional Secretary for Central Africa based at Blantyre, Nyasaland (Malawi) and was also Secretary of the Nyasaland Christian Council between 1952 and 1959. Back in Edinburgh Bernard was Secretary for the Foreign Mission Committee Africa Area from 1960. He retired in 1976 and died on 15 January 1991.