Gladwyn Murray Childs papers, 1882-1972

Overview of the Collection

Childs, Gladwyn Murray, 1896-1975
Gladwyn Murray Childs papers
1882-1972 (inclusive)
6 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Collection Number
2208 (Accession No. 2208-001)
Papers of an anthropologist and missionary in Angola
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Access restricted: For terms of access, contact Special Collections for details.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Childs, Gladwyn Murray, 1896-1975--Archives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • 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)
    Corporate Names
    • African Studies Association (creator)
    • Alianca Evangelica De Angola (creator)