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Collection 179 Records of Short Terms Abroad

Identifier: CN-179
Dossiers and correspondence, photographs, newspapers, general correspondence, minutes, mailing lists, personnel files, research files used and compiled by Short Term Abroad.

Dossiers are for those placed in short-term mission assignments.  General files document Short Term Abroad administration, including data that was used by the International Congress on World Evangelization, 1974.  Research project LAYMEN ABROAD IN CHRISTIAN MISSION is also included.


  • Created: 1965-1976

Conditions Governing Access

Pages containing Social Security information have been removed from files and photocopies without that information substituted. Original pages will be put back in files after January 1, 2046.


16.80 Cubic Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Evangelically-oriented service agency; originated and sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation in 1965; established to: encourage mission agencies to use short-term staff, provide a means of screening personnel to mission groups  which were temporarily in need of specialized skills or additional staff, and offer opportunities of service in missions to those who could serve only a short time; sought to reach students, retired men and women, skilled tradesmen and qualified professionals who could serve from several weeks to 2 years; created annual directory, OPPORTUNITIES, listing current job categories, countries and missions needing personnel; discountinued in 1975 with functions taken over by Intercristo in 1976.  Richard Wolff was STA's first director, followed by Irving Philgreen.

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Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US