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Preliminary Guide to the Gladwyn Murray Childs Papers
1882-1972



Manuscript Collection No.: 2208
Accession No.: 2208-001
Creator: Childs, Gladwyn Murray, 1896-1975 , creator
Title: Gladwyn Murray Childs papers
Date Span: 1882-1972
Quantity: 6 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Born in 1896, he received bachelor's degree from Pomona College, a B.D. and M.A. from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. His dissertation was published as "Umbundu Kinship and Character" by Oxford University Press and the University of Witwatersrand. Together with his wife, Margaret, he worked as a missionary from 1925 to the early 1960's for the United Church Board for World Ministries and American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Angola and Portugese West Africa. He was principal of a mission school, the Currie Institute. After retiring he worked for the World Council of Churches in Lisbon, but sought to return to Angola to work on a prehistoric project. Childs worked with his uncle, Merlin Ennis, a researcher of folk tales, on Umbundu folktales.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, field notes, writings, linguistic research, folktales, publications, sermons, note cards, photos, maps, mission records.

Restrictions on Access

Access restricted: For terms of access,contact Special Collections

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Elaine Childs Cowell, 12/17/1973.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory/container list available in Special Collections.


Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Childs, Gladwyn Murray, 1896-1975--Archives.
Childs, Margaret, creator.
Ennis, Merlin W., creator.
Herskovits, Melville J. (Melville Jean), 1895-1963, creator.
Magyar, Ladislas, creator.
Sanders, Minnie Mawhir, creator.
de Silva Porto, Antonio Francisco Fereirra, creator.
Organizations:
African Studies Association, creator.
Alianca Evangelica De Angola, creator.
Last modified: August 19, 2007
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