Ghana in Records from colonial missionaries, 1886-1951

Gold Coast records from the archives of the USPG, 1886-1951

Gold Coast records from the archives of the USPG, 1886-1951

The condition of the Church primary schools is thoroughly bad. At Accra three quarters of the boys in Saint Mary's School were Nonconformists. At Seccondee good work is being done in a building which will soon be condemned
Bishop Aglionby of Accra, May 1924.Copies of letters received, 1890-1927; West Africa, vol. 4; img 109

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See how Ghana's education system developed while it was run by missionaries

As outlined in the short history entitled The beginning of Africanisation : the dawn of the missionary motive in Gold Coast education by F.L. Bartels, the SPG's mission was originally established at Cape Coast Castle in 1752 by Rev. Thomas Thompson, who was succeeded by Rev. Philip Quaque, the first African to be ordained a priest of the Church of England. The mid-nineteenth century saw the revival of Anglican activity with the arrival of missionaries sent by the Mission of the West Indian Church to West Africa, based in Barbados. The period from 1903 onwards is the most substantially documented in this collection, recording the amalgamation of the missions for the Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the spread of English education, the introduction of education for women and the development of missionary work in an ever-widening area. Records relating to the first 150 years are reproduced in both the Early colonial and missionary records from West Africa and the West Indies material in the archives of the USPG, 1710-1950. From the archives of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.


Ghana in Records from colonial missionaries, 1886-1951...

Containing 9,566 pages belonging to 66 documents housed in 6 volumes...

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Copies of letters received, 1890-1927

Series CLR. Four volumes of incoming correspondence marked "West Africa" on the spine.

Copies of letters sent, 1900-1935

Series CLS. With the exception of the first two volumes, marked "West Africa", these items are drawn from the volumes...

Committee of Women's Work correspondence

Series CWW. Comprising chiefly items for Accra extracted from the special sub-series of volumes of copies of letters sent or...

Original letters from abroad, 1899-1933

Series D. As with much of the correspondence in the foregoing series, these items comprise only the relevant original letters...


  • The original letters from abroad cover West Africa from 1899 to 1933. They include Sierra Leone 1900-1933; Ghana 1903; Cape Verde 1904-1910; and St Vincent 1907-1912.
  • The Committee for Women's Work was responsible for the education of native girls. Their records from World War One show their distance from the war and yet that it did affect their decisions.
  • The copies of letters received, 1890-1927, mention the plan from 1914 to gain control of future Ashanti Chiefs using education. The South African War is not covered in this grouping of letters.
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