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The rich and diverse publications of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) shed light on key events since the beginning of the 19th century. With active mission stations in every continent, the published journals, letters and reports represent a truly global perspective on not only evangelism and mission history but conflict, colonialism and globalisation.

Founded in 1799 as an Anglican evangelical movement, the CMS has been active across the globe, proving one of the key agents of evangelism in the non-Western world. The publications featured in Church Missionary Society Periodicals were key in promoting the work of the society, fundraising and reporting from a great number of countries.


  • Module I: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters, 1804-2009
  • Module II: Medical Journals, Asian Missions and The Historical Record, 1816-1986

Period Covered

  • 1804-2009


  • An essential resource for teaching and research on World History; an instructive essay by Phillip A Cantrell II by Phillip A Cantrell II explains how.
  • Trace the lives and postings of all men and women employed as missionaries from 1804-1928 in the unique annotated Registers of Missionaries Yes Magazine (continuation of The CMS Gleaner) up to 2009, representing contemporary missionary work
  • Letters and serialised accounts of indigenous peoples, practices and missionary encounters
  • Core society records such as The Church Missionary Society¬ Record, Historical Record and CMS Annual Reports
  • Newsletters from native churches and student missions from key stations in China and Japan
  • Learn about the Society's role in vaccination programmes in Africa, campaigns against foot-binding in China and against child-marriage in India
  • A rich source of illustrations and photographs
  • Publications aimed at specific demographics such as women and children

Source Archives

  • The Church Mission Society collection at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
  • The Church Mission Society collection at the Crowther Mission Studies Library

Material Types

  • Serialised journals and letters
  • Reports on missionary work
  • News of philanthropic and charitable work
  • Profiles of key figures (both historical and contemporary to the publications)
  • Lists of new missionaries sent to the field
  • Family news including marriages, births and deaths
  • Appointments including indigenous priests and bishops
  • Reflections on (and approaches to) worship
  • Fiscal reports
  • Annual reports of missionary activity across the world
  • Details of medical treatments, new hospitals and work among the blind and deaf
  • Descriptions of effects of global events on missionaries and their communities, from natural disasters to wars and revolutions.

Editorial Board

  • Phil Cantrell, Longwood University
  • Paul Jenkins, Private Scholar, formerly at the University of Basel
  • Emily Manktelow, University of Kent
  • David Maxwell, Cambridge University
  • David Rightmire, Asbury University
  • Wilbert R. Shenk, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Brian Stanley, Edinburgh University
  • Lane Sunwall, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • History
  • Missiology
  • Medicine and Health
  • Education
  • Gender/Women's Studies
  • Cultural Encounter
  • Politics and Conflict
  • Social Reform
  • World History

Key Features

  • Thousands of issues, full-text searchable for the first time
  • Thorough metadata detailing people, regions, countries, towns, cities and mission stations
  • Volume indices digitally recreated for easy browsing
  • Popular searching terms to aid interaction with the material
  • Contextualising secondary features such as an interactive chronology and an extensive biographies page
  • Essays addressing key research topics
  • A gallery showcasing illustrations, photographs and maps from the periodicals
  • Biographies of key figures
  • An interactive map enabling searching by region or country

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