Missionary Diaries Collection

1919, 1938-1950
Manuscript Collection #1027
Creator(s)
Unknown
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, 9 items, consisting of journals and photographs
Preferred Citation
Missionary Diaries Collection (#1027), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Diaries (1938-1950) of an anonymous Englishwoman written during part of her time as an Anglican missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia. The content of the journals consists primarily of the author's reflections and ideas regarding Christianity. She briefly reflects upon the events of World War II. Also included are to-do lists, logs of her time spent in prayer, and notations regarding travels, and the anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths of friends and family.


Biographical/historical information

The identity of the author is unknown, but she does include some biographical details in her journals. She was born on 23 November 1888. Her father's birthday is January 7th and he died 16 December 1907. Her mother's birthday is May 23rd and she died 22 January 1908. The author was married 2 February 1910. The author has children but it is not clear from the journals what her relationship is to the individuals she mentions by name.


Scope and arrangement

This collection contains the diaries (1938-1950) of an anonymous Englishwoman written during part of her time as an Anglican missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia. The content of the journals consists primarily of the author's reflections, prayers, and ideas regarding Christianity. Additionally, the author includes frequent quotations from the Bible. Her contemplation regarding religion largely revolves around themes including humility, meekness, obedience, discipline, self-Indulgence, egoism, and vanity. She briefly reflects upon the events of World War II. Also included are to-do lists, logs of her time spent in prayer, goals for Lent, notation of her travels, and notations regarding the anniversaries, birthdays, and deaths of friends and family. She sometimes records her observations regarding an individual's receptiveness to Christian values. She also records observations regarding fellow missionary's views regarding Christianity.

Accompanying the earliest diary are two photographs. One is of a woman named M. Catlin(?) and is dated 6/4/1919. The other photograph is of a woman named Keenie (who is mentioned in the diaries) and she appears to be in a Red Cross outfit of the WWI era. Written on the front of this second photograph is F. M. S. Jesse.


Administrative information
Custodial History

February 10, 2005, 0.25 cubic feet; Diaries (1938-1950) of an anonymous Englishwoman during part of the time she worked as an Anglican missionary in schools, churches and hospitals in the Kitale, Kenya and Umtali, Rhodesia. Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ

Source of acquisition

Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ

Processing information

Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 4, 2008

Processed by Devin Urban, June 30, 2016

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Journal, June 22, 1938-Jan. 4, 1939, kept by an Anglican English female missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia. Photograph of woman named M. Catlin(?) and dated 6/4/19 and one of a Red Cross nurse named Keenie taken during WWI
Box 1 Folder b Journals, May 11, 1940-Feb. 19, 1942, and Feb. 21, 1942-Nov. 12, 1943, kept by an Anglican English female missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia
Box 1 Folder c Journals, November 24, 1943 – June 22, 1944, and June 22, 1944 – May 4, 1945, kept by an Anglican English female missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia
Box 1 Folder d Journals, Aug. 11, 1944 - May 19, 1947, and June 1, 1947 – Oct. 19, 1950, kept by an Anglican English female missionary in Kenya and Rhodesia