RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFonds
Alt Ref NoAM
Extent24 volumes
TitleArchbishop's Mission to the Assyrian Christians
Date1879-1931
DescriptionCorrespondence concerning the mission. The correspondence is that of the Archbishops of Canterbury under whose auspices the mission fell during this period (namely Edward White Benson, Randall Thomas Davidson, Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archibald Campbell Tait, Frederick Temple), principally with the secretary of the Mission, and with the missionaries. The collection is not the archive of the Mission itself, the early records of which have not survived.
ArrangementThese form part of the Archbishops' Papers.

Chronological.
FindingAidsCatalogue descriptions based on list of the Archbishop's Assyrian Mission Papers, 1879-1931 (typescript, 1990), to file level only.
CreatorNameArchbishop of Canterbury
AdminHistoryThe Archbishop's Mission to the Assyrian Christians arose from an 1837 expedition to the Euphrates Valley by the Royal Geographical Society, which led to the further joint expedition by the Society and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Their ensuing report, along with appeals from the local Nestorian Christians, prompted the sending of a missionary to Kurdistan in 1881.
This missionary work was put on a more permanent footing in 1885-1886. However, it had no constitution or regular organization, but rather was carried out under the auspices of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Missionary work was intended to regenerate and reform the Assyrian Christians, focusing on the education of both clergy and laity. A college for priests and deacons was established, as were five high school and forty village schools. In addition, the missionaries acted as ecclesiastical judges regarding the Canon Law of the Chaldean Church, and also oversaw the first ever printings of early Assyrian liturgies. A committee associated with the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States also aided the mission.
In 1939 the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission to the Assyrian Christians was incorporated into the Jerusalem and East Mission.
See also:
Edward White Benson, An Address delivered ... at the Farewell Service in Lambeth Palace Chapel on ... June 2, 1886, previous to the departure of the Rev. Canon Maclean and W. H. Browne for the work of the Archbishop's Mission to the Assyrian Christians.(London: Assyrian Church Fund, 1886).
J. F. Coakley, The church of the East and the Church of England: a history of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Assyrian Mission (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).
RelatedMaterialMS 3982; as well as the archive of the Jerusalem and the East Mission Fund (MSS 2327-2340). Other JEMF archives are at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford.
PublnNoteJ. F. Coakley, 'The church of the East and the Church of England: a history of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Assyrian Mission' (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992). [Lambeth Palace Library G3200.C6]
J. F. Coakley, "The Church of England and the Question of a Nestorian Bishop for Malabar 1894-7", 'Ostkirchliche Studien', March 1981 [Lambeth Palace Library Z664.L2 4.16]

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CodeNameDates
14Lang; William Cosmo Gordon (1864-1945); Archbishop of Canterbury1864-1945
17Benson; Edward White (1829-1896); Archbishop of Canterbury1829-1896
15Davidson; Randall Thomas (1848-1930); Baron Davidson of Lambeth; Archbishop of Canterbury1848-1930
18Tait; Archibald Campbell (1811-1882); Archbishop of Canterbury1811-1882
163Archbishop's Mission to the Assyrian Christians; -1939-1939
16Temple; Frederick (1821-1902); Archbishop of Canterbury1821-1902
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