Sources for Research: Missions and World Christianity

Primary Sources: Major mission and world Christianity archives and repositories

Websites of important archival and manuscript repositories: Addresses of repositories:










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List of denominational archives from Carol F. Swinehart

American Baptist Historical Society

American Bible Society
1865 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 408-1204

Billy Graham Center Archives
500 College Ave., 3rd floor
Wheaton, IL 60187-5593
Phone: (630) 752-5910
Fax: (630) 752- 5916

Catholic agencies

Congregational/ UCC:
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Houghton Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-2114
(also available on microfilm at YDSL and elsewhere)
United Church of Christ
Archivist: Edward Cade
Office Of General Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 736-2111

Christian and Missionary Alliance
PO Box 35000
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500
Phone: (719) 599-5999

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 327-1444

Episcopal Church
Box 2247
Austin, TX 78768
Archivist: Mark J. Duffy
Phone: (512) 472-6816

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Phone: (312) 380-2818

Mennonite agencies

United Methodist Church General Commission on Archives and History

36 Madison Ave.
Box 137 Madison, NJ 07940
Contact: Dale Patterson
Phone: (201) 408-3189

Missionary Research Library
The Burke Library
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
Contact: Ruth Tonkiss Cameron
Phone: (212) 280-1500

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Database Index to Foreign Missionary Personnel

Missions-related collections at PHS in Philadelphia include:
PHS RG 31: Board of Foreign Missions. Secretaries' files, 1829-1895
PHS RG 74: West Africa Mission. Records, 1902-1966
PHS RG 82: China Missions, 1891-1955
PHS RG 83: India Mission, 1891-1972
PHS RG 84: Thailand Mission, 1865-1973
PHS RG 85: Philippine Mission, 1903-1973
PHS RG 86: Brazil mission, 1890-1965
PHS RG 87: Mexico Mission, 1867-1972
PHS RG 88: Colombia Mission, 1882-1972
PHS RG 89: United Mission in Iraq, 1924-1971
PHS RG 90: Syria Mission, 1894-1972
PHS RG 91: Iran mission, 1881-1968
PHS RG 93: Japan Mission, 1879-1972
PHS RG 99: Venezuela Mission, 1911-1972
PHS RG 129: China Mission Secretaries' Files, 1893-1957
PHS RG 135: Mission to Indonesia, 1950-1970
PHS RG 136: Hong Kong Mission, 1964-1971
PHS RG 137: Central Brazil Mission, 1956-1972
PHS RG 140: Korea Mission, 1903-1972
PHS RG 142: West Africa Mission, 1911-1965
PHS RG 157: Guatemala Mission, 1911-1972
PHS RG 159: Venezuela Mission, 1897-1966
PHS RG 160: Chile Mission, 1866-1972
PHS RG 161: Iran Mission, 1944-1973
PHS RG 197: Korea Mission. Records, 1940-1982

Southern Baptist Convention, International Mission Board
3806 Monument Ave
P. O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230-0767
Archives and Records Service web site:

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
901 Commerce St., Ste. 400
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Phone (615) 244-0344

Yale Divinity School Library Special Collections
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: Martha Smalley
Phone: (203) 432-6374
Special Collections Website, including online guide to holdings

YMCA Archives
318 Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 625-3445


This is a brief listing of the larger British agencies. For more information about British missionary society archives see the Mundus Gateway and "Archival Sources in Britain for the Study of Mission History: An Outline Guide and Select bibliography" by Rosemary E. Seton, in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research April 1994.

Baptist Missionary Society
Angus Library
Regent's Park College
Pusey Street
Oxford OX1 2LB
Phone: 44 1865 59887
(Available in microfilm at YDSL)

British and Foreign Bible Society
Archives housed at Cambridge University Library
Access through:
The Senior Information Officer/Archivist
British & Foreign Bible Society
Stonehill Green
Swindon SN5 7DG

Centre for the Study of World Christianity
University of Edinburgh
Faculty of Divinity
New College
Mound Place
Edinburgh EH1 2LX Scotland
Phone: 44 131 6 508952
Fax: 44 131 6 507972

Church Missionary Society
Crowther Centre for Mission Education
Watlington Road
Oxford OX4 6BZ

University of Birmingham Library
PO Box 363
Birmingham B15 B2TT
Phone: 44 121 414 5838
(Available on microfilm at YDSL:

Church of Scotland
National Library of Scotland
Department of Manuscripts
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EW
Phone: 44 131 226 4531 .

Lambeth Palace Library
The Librarian,
Lambeth Palace Library,
London. SE1 7JU
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932

Quaker Peace and Service/ Friends Foreign Mission Association
Friends House
Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
Phone: 44 171 387 3601

Regions Beyond Missionary Union
Centre for the Study of World Christianity
The Mound
New College
Edinburgh EH1 2LU
Phone: 44 131 6 508952

United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel/ SPGFP
Rhodes House Library
South Parks Road
Oxford OX9 3BG
Phone: 44 186 5 270909

University of Birmingham
Selly Oak Campus
Harold Turner Collection - Research Unit For New Religions And Churches

Archives de la province belge méridionale de la Compagnie de Jésus
Rue Andre Faucille, 6
B-1150 Bruxelles
tel.: 02/762.08.24
fax.: 02/772.45.10


Igreja Evangelica Fluminense, (Congregational archives) Rua Camerino, 102.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Brasil.
Librarian: Sra Esther Marques Monteiro

CEHILA (=Latin American Church Historians, includes Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) Rua Prof Sebastiao Soares de Faria, 57 - 6o andar
Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil
President: Jose Oscar Beozzo


Archives of the Jesuits of Upper Canada 15 St. Mary Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 2R5
Archivist:R.F. Pat Boyle, sj
tel.: 416-922-5474
fax.: 416-922-2898

Archives de la Compagnie de Jésus, province du Canada français
C.P. 130, Saint-Jerome
Saint-Jerome, QC
J7Z 5T8
Archivist: Mlle Isabelle Contant
tel.: 514-438-3593
fax.: 514-438-6617

United Church of Canada Archives

Library, The Three-Self Church
We have received word that these materials were sent to Hua Tung Theological College and are not accessible at this time.
169 Yuen Ming Yuan Road
Librarian: Tien Wen Zai
Holds Chinese and English materials relating to history of Christianity in China and in Shanghai in particular.
Shanghai Municipal Archives
326 Xian Xia Road
Deputy director: Shi Mei Ding
Includes materials about the history of Christian missions in Shanghai


Archives Française de la Compagnie de Jésus
15, rue Raymond Marcheron
92170 Vanves
Archivist: Reverend Pere Bonfils

Archives des Missions Étrangères
128, rue de bac
75341 Paris
Archivist: Georges Moussay

Bibliothèque Asiatique (library of printed materials related to Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris)
28, rue de Babylone
75007 Paris
Phone: (33 1) 4439 1040
Fax (33 1) 4222 0191
Librarian: Annie Salavert

Bibliothèque du Défap-Service protestant de mission
102, boulevard Arago
75014 PARIS
01 42 34 55 55
01 56 24 15 30 (fax)

Centre de Documentation et d'Information Missionaire
5, rue Monsieur,
75007 Paris
tél: (33-1) 53 69 17 40
Fax: (33-1) 47 34 26 63



Norwegian Mission Society Archives
Misjonsmarka 12
NO-4024 Stavanger

CEMAA (Centro Evangelico de la Misologia Andina y Amazonica)
Apartado 24,
Lima 43, Peru, S. America.

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