We are very pleased to announce the recent transfer to the Centre of the collection of the Rt Rev. David Leake, former Anglican Bishop of Argentina. This collection covers the missionary service in Northern Argentina of William Alfred Leake, father of David, during the period 1927-1967. Letters, papers, reports, mission diaries and photographs are included, together with electronically recorded talks and interviews, and also correspondence between Alfred Leake and his mother Emily Elizabeth Leake and his sister Emily Olive Leake (later Grubb), who worked in Northern Argentina together with her husband Henry Cecil Grubb. The arrangement and cataloguing of the collection is underway. Translation of the New Testamant into Toba and Mataco, two of the local languages, was part of this missionary project, and the first tentative translation by William Alfred Leake of the Toba New Testament is part of the collection. There is also a copy of the now completed New Testament in Toba. The educational work of the missionaries is reflected in some of the pamphlets produced for language work with school children (as shown in the image used here). The customs and culture of the two tribes Leake worked with – the Mataco and the Toba people – are revealed throughout the photographs, diaries and letters.
Meanwhile, the Centre continues to develop its sound archive holdings through the recording of interviews with retired missionaries and others close to the missionary movement, and there are plans for these interviews to be made accessible to researchers when our Centre re-opens in its new premises later in 2014. We were also fortunate to acquire the teaching collection of Professor John Iliffe, of St John’s College Cambridge: www.joh.cam.ac.uk/professor-john-iliffe
These papers were assembled to give students access to source material for a course on social and political change in Buganda 1856-1900. In addition, further papers of Fred Welbourn were added to the existing collection held at the Centre. Welbourn was one of the founders of the Department of Religious Studies at Makerere University in 1963. The papers now held at CCCW preserve primary source material for the study of religions in East Africa. Some of Welbourn’s published work can be sampled on the ‘African Religions’ page of the website maintained by his former student, Irving Hexham: www.understandingworldreligions.com/
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