Butere Archives

Chadwick Library a room dedicated Archives and Research.

The growing archives collection is centered around the mission history of Butere from 1912 when Walter Chadwick for CMS  arrived in the area at the invitation of Chief Mulama.  How Butere was chosen is described in a letter from his elder sister, Jane Elizabeth Chadwick who joined him in 1914.


Significant archive holdings include:

  • The original church registers of catechumen, baptism and confirmation classes from 1916 to the 1950s
  • Photographs from c. 1920
  • Copies of watercolour paintings done by CMS missionary Edith Downer of the first school house and other Butere scenes c. 1924
  • The tin trunk used by Miss Chadwick when she was transferred from Entebbe to Butere in 1914.
  • Transcriptions of some of Miss Chadwick’s letters to her friend Ethel MacGowan giving vivid descriptions of life in Butere 1914-1924.
  • Photocopies of Miss Edith Downer’s memoirs including descriptions and photographs of life in Butere in the early 1920’s.
  • Archdeacon Wanguba’s manuscript on the history of Butere mission.
  • A collection of photographs taken 1934-1937 by Joy Ross (neé Wigram), then headmistress of Butere Girls’ School.
  • A collection of old medical books which belonged to ‘Bakhoya’ (Maud Pethybridge) the CMS Australia nurse/midwife who ran the clinic at Butere 1928-1939.
  • Shimwenyi’s typescript of the Swahili Union Bible translation, Ibiblia.



In addition there are papers, cuttings and photgraphs related to people significant in the early history of Butere including Rev. Jeremiah Musungu Awori, Esau and Eseri Oywaya, Archdeacon Walter Edwin Owen, Shimwenyi (Lee Appleby), Loice Shisya, Miriam Wandai, Yakobo Likuyi, Rev. Barnaba Weche.



Eseri Oywaya c. 1924 (left) and in 2005 (right) one month before she died aged 100.  She was among the first girls to be taught to read and write by Miss Chadwick.


archival books includes Bishop James Hannington: A History of his life and work (1887) and Lee Appleby’s first Luyia reader ‘Khweche Okhusoma’ (1944).

We are looking into digitizing some of the materials we hold.