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The Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity

Kenneth Scott Latourette

Kenneth Scott Latourette
D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity
1921-1953

The Latourette Initiative is a proactive program to preserve and provide access to the documentation of world Christianity. It provides funding for the microfilming and digitization of published and archival resources documenting the history of Christian missions and the life of the churches in countries where missionaries served.

The Initiative is named for Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968), who was D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School. Latourette was instrumental in changing the focus of the Day Missions Collection at Yale from a resource for training missionaries to a collection documenting the history of Christian missions. The endowment he established to further the work of the Yale Divinity Library provides the funding for the Latourette Initiative.

Projects funded by the Latourette Initiative to this point include:

  • World Council of Churches
    • World War II-era records of the World Council of Churches (distributed by Brill /IDC Publishers)
    • World Student Christian Federation Archives, held by the World Council of Churches (Brill)
    • Programme to Combat Racism (Brill)
    • Dialogue with People of Living Faiths (Brill)
    • Christian Medical Commission (Brill)
    • Relations with the Roman Catholic Church (Brill)
    • Correspondence of the General Secretaries (Brill)
    • General correspondence (Brill)
  • Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
    • Regions Beyond Missionary Union Archives (distributed by Adam Matthew)
    • Sudan United Mission (Adam Matthew)
    • Missionary periodicals & Alexander Duff pamphlet collection (Adam Matthew)
      • Guide (YDSL collection In Process)
  • Melbourne School of Theology (Australia)
    • Unevangelised Fields Mission (distributed by Pacific Manuscripts Bureau)
    • South Sea Evangelical Mission (PMB)
      • YDSL Film SD2345 , Film SD2346, Film Ms271, Film Ms375, Film Ms482
  • Uganda Christian University: Church of the Province of Uganda Archives (Brill)
  • Gujarat United School of Theology: Gujarat Diocese Archives, Church of North India (Brill)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University:
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Microfilm produced by Latourette Initiative projects is available for Interlibrary Loan. Contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.

We welcome proposals from libraries, archival repositories, mission agencies, and others with collections of such documentation, for projects that would help carry forward the work of the Latourette Initiative. We are particularly interested in ways that the Latourette Initiative might provide "seed money" that would leverage other resources to preserve and provide access to this documentation.

For more information on the Latourette Initiative, or to discuss a possible project, please contact:

Paul F. Stuehrenberg
Yale Divinity Library
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511

paul.stuehrenberg@yale.edu


This file last modified 6/18/14.
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