Himalayan Mission Archive Collection
Online exhibit : Christianity in Nepal
The Himalayan Mission Archive Collection at the Yale Divinity School Library was formed in 2008 when archives of four organizations and their umbrella association were transferred to Yale from the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. The record groups that comprise the collection are:
- Record Group No. 211: Himalayan Archives Association Records and Library Collection
- Record Group No. 212: United Mission to Nepal Archives
- Record Group No. 213: Central Asia Fellowship Archives
- Record Group No. 214: International Nepal Fellowship Archives
- Record Group No. 215: Nepal Church History Project Archives
The Himalayan Archives Association was formed to coordinate care for the archives of four organizations that had been deposited at the University of Edinburgh in the early 1990s. In 2007 when space constraints required the removal of the archives from the University of Edinburgh, the Yale Divinity School Library offered to provide a home for them and the records were received by Yale in 2008.
Except for files that have been designated as "Restricted" the archival records are open to qualified researchers. Some files are available in digital format. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.
Books in the Himalayan Collection have been classified with a local call number system beginning with HC000001. The collection of more than 180 published works can be browsed online via the Orbis "Local call number" search option..
The United Mission to Nepal is a Christian INGO working exclusively in Nepal since 1954 . The UMN has sought to bring medical services, education, skills training, engineering, industry, hydro power development, agriculture and rural development to Nepal, mainly in the central and western development regions of the country. (107 linear ft.) Finding aid: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.212.
Central Asia Fellowship was established in 1989 by Christian mission organizations, churches, and individuals coming together to form a network and a resource organization in order to reach Tibetan Buddhist peoples in Bhutan, China, the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russian republics), India, Mongolia, and Nepal.These archives are open to qualified researchers only with written consent from the CAF and the finding aid is not posted online. (8 linear ft.)
The International Nepal Fellowship, formerly known as the Nepal Evangelistic Band, is a Christian international non-government organization working in Nepal. It helps people affected by tuberculosis, leprosy, disability, HIV / AIDS and drug abuse, facilitates development among poor communities, runs medical camps and provides medical training. (22 linear ft.) Finding aid: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.214
The Nepal Church History Project began in 1985 as an initiative of local church leaders in Nepal to research and collect materials relevant to the history of Christianity among the Nepali peoples. The objective of the Project is to preserve, maintain and update a comprehensive, organized documentary record of the Nepali Church from its inception, and to make available documents and information as appropriate to researchers, students and other interested users. (30+ linear ft.) Finding aid: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.215.
Photographs from the Nepal Church History Project archives are available in the Yale Divinity Library's AdHoc Image and Text Database under Topic: Missions and World Christianity: Nepal Church History Project.
An additional related collection is the Gwen Coventry Papers, Record Group No. 241. Gwen Coventry was an Australian nurse, who worked as a Chistian missionary for Regions Beyond Missionary Union and the United Mission to Nepal in northern India and Nepal between 1959 and 1980.
For more information about using the Himalayan Mission Archives Collection at the Yale Divinity School Library, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.