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March 31, 2016

Adam Matthew Completes Publication of the ‘Church Missionary Society Periodicals’ Covering Two Hundred Years of World History

(Marlborough, England). Adam Matthew, a global provider of digital primary source content, has today announced the publication of the second and final module of Church Missionary Society Periodicals - ‘Medical Journals, Asian Missions and the Historical Record, 1816-1986’.

The completion of this highly anticipated collection provides scholars with a unique perspective on global history and cultural encounters, and is one of the richest sources available on the role of religion and its interaction with the Western and non-Western worlds.

This final Church Missionary Society Periodicals module provides thousands of pages of published content relating to South, East and South-East Asia, including journals, reports, letters and serialised accounts of indigenous peoples, family news including marriages, births and deaths as well as a register of missionaries detailing the movements of men, women and native clergy.

“A world history teacher would be challenged to find more useful primary source material than this.”

Professor Phillip A. Cantrell, II (Longwood University, VA, USA)

Sourced from the Church Missionary Society (CMS) collection at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, with some additional material from the Crowther Mission Studies Library, Oxford, Module II – covering 1816-1986 – further supplements the documents contained in Module I with:

  • The publications of CMS medical mission auxiliaries
  • The work of the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society among women in Asia and the Middle East
  • Newsletters from native churches and student missions in China and Japan
  • Student missions in China and Japan
  • ‘Home’ material, including periodicals aimed specifically at women and children subscribers.

Students and teachers can discover the Society’s role in campaigns against foot-binding in China, against child-marriage in India, and the effects of natural disasters, revolution, war and changing political regimes on Christian communities and Europeans far from home.

The complete collection enables new research opportunities in the fields of missiology and world Christianity, as well as global history and early cultural encounters.

View the complete collection during a free 30-minute webinar on April 20th. Church Missionary Society Periodicals is available for free 30-day trial now.


Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE, is an award winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature and culture.


The Church Mission Society was founded in Aldersgate Street in the City of London on 12 April 1799, its founding members being committed to three ‘great enterprises’: abolition of the slave trade, social reform at home and world evangelisation. The overseas mission work of CMS began in Sierra Leone in 1804 but spread rapidly to India, Canada, New Zealand and the area around the Mediterranean. Its main areas of work in Africa have been in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Sudan; in Asia, CMS's involvement has principally been in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China and Japan; and in the Middle East, it has worked in Palestine, Jordan, Iran and Egypt.

Crowther Mission Studies Library is the successor to Partnership House Mission Studies Library which was founded in 1987 by bringing together the post-1945 collections of the former CMS and USPG libraries. Now taken over by CMS, and incorporating books from CMS's former training college at Crowther Hall, the library has a wide-ranging collection of about 29,000 books and takes about 250 current journals. It also has back copies of missionary journals, including complete runs of CMS periodicals and overseas diocesan reports.

Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham is the new home for Special Collections and Archives of the University of Birmingham. The archive consists of approximately 200,000 pre-1850 books dating from 1471 and some 4 million manuscripts.

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