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Title:The Henry Martyn Centre: home of some 'hidden' African collections
Author:Hughes, Lucy
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Great Britain
Abstract:The article discusses the history, archive and activities of the Henry Martyn Centre (HMC), Cambridge, United Kingdom. The HMC (http://www.martynmission.cam.ac.uk) was formed in 1998 in order to promote and support the study of Christian missionary activity and to extend the work of the Henry Martyn Library, which itself has been in existence since 1898. It was set up to commemorate Henry Martyn (1781-1812), a student and Fellow at St. John's College, Cambridge, who went on to become chaplain to the East India Company and was the first translator of the Bible into Hindi and Persian. The HMC has strong connections with Africa. There are two kinds of collection within the archive: 1. those named after individuals (Peter Hinchliff, Joe Church, John and Anne Phillips); 2. those named after institutions or organizations, like St. Julian's Community (which had a base in Limuru, Kenya) and the Congo Church Association. African churchmen in the archives include Erica Sabiti (Archbishop of a province in the Anglican Communion), William and Sarah Nagenda, and Blasio Kigozi, all of them linked to missionary activities in Uganda. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]