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Basel missionaries in Cameroon reports, 1915

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains copies of thirteen typewritten reports from Swiss and German Basel missionaries who were captured and held captive during World War I by British and French troops while stationed in Cameroon.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492532 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Evangelische Missionsgesellschaft in Basel
Title Basel missionaries in Cameroon reports, 1915
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) German .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

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Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of thirteen typewritten reports from Swiss and German Basel missionaries who were captured and held captive during World War I by British and French troops. Captured while stationed in Cameroon in September and October 1914, these missionaries were held captive until 1915. The reports were recorded in German in 1915 in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin and Connstadt, Germany, and include detailed description and dates of events and names of other missionaries. The thirteen missionaries are Friedrich Bärtschi; J. Bührer; Chr. Gehr.; J. Gutbrod; Philipp Hecklinger; Johannes Ittmann; Johannes Köngeter; Johannes Leiberspeiger; G. Lorch.; Johannes Georg Meier; Robert Schwarz; H. Stahl; and Karl Wittwer.

  • Basel missionaries in Cameroon reports, 1915

    This series contains copies of thirteen typewritten reports from Swiss and German Basel missionaries who were captured and held captive during World War I by British and French troops. Captured while stationed in Cameroon in September and October 1914, these missionaries were held captive until 1915. The reports were recorded in German in 1915 in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin and Connstadt, Germany, and include detailed description and dates of events and names of other missionaries. The thirteen missionaries are Friedrich Bärtschi; J. Bührer; Chr. Gehr.; J. Gutbrod; Philipp Hecklinger; Johannes Ittmann; Johannes Köngeter; Johannes Leiberspeiger; G. Lorch.; Johannes Georg Meier; Robert Schwarz; H. Stahl; and Karl Wittwer.

Burke Library record group:

Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL1, Africa

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Preferred Citation

Item description, MRL1: Basel missionaries in Cameroon reports, 1915, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

MRL 1: Basel Mission (Gold Coast) Papers, West Africa, 1894 - 1904, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-18. Metal clips were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2012 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

2020-07-28 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Evangelische Missionsgesellschaft in Basel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missionaries -- Cameroon Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions, German -- Cameroon Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prisoners of war -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prisoners of war -- Great Britain Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 -- Prisoners and prisons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Basel Mission, a Protestant missionary society named for the Swiss city, was founded in 1815. All the directors, most of the lecturers in the Mission college, and more than half of the overseas staff were recruited from Wurttemberg, Germany. Missionaries were first sent to Africa in the 1820s; however due to illness, their presence was not truly felt until the 1840s. The Cameroon mission was started in 1886, undertaking the duties begun by the London Baptist Missionary Society after Cameroon became a German protectorate in July 1884.

After the outbreak of World War One, British troops were sent to German colonies throughout the world. In September and October 1914, German missionaries including those of the Basel Mission were interned by the allies and held as prisoners of war until 1915. After this point, the missionaries were sent back to Switzerland and Germany. The Paris Mission took over work in the Basel Mission's absence. Missionaries from the Basel Mission returned in 1925 and limited their work to the British part of Cameroon.