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Collection 204 Records of the South America Mission

 Collection
Identifier: CN-204
Legal documents, reports, linguistic materials, correspondence, publications, organizational documents of SAM, chiefly 1921-1955.

Materials document the mission's beginning as the Inland South America Missionary Union. In-depth reports cover all aspects of mission activities including missionary life and descriptions of their encounters with and observations of Indian tribes, methods of evangelizing, use of linguistic materials relating to Indian languages, personnel policies, social and economic conditions, origins of communist influence, church and state relations, and the Roman Catholic-Protestant territorial and doctrinal conflicts. Also includes preparatory materials for translation of Mark's Gospel into the Guarjira language. Microfilm consists of different records although similar in form and subject content; also includes correspondence and minutes from the time period preceding mission's division into two groups, on the debate over techniques of missionary operation in 20th century, effects of the Depression on funding, and merger of Jungle Air with SAM.

Dates

  • Created: 1905-1981
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1921-1955

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Extent

3.00 boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

Mission agency; developed out of Joseph A. Davis's work in the Paraguayan Missions (founded 1914) which joined the Scottish mission, Inland-South America Missionary Union in 1919; a division reestablished the Scottish and U.S. factions of the mission, the American side retaining the mission name Inland South America Missionary Union, 1932; primary activity was to evangelize Indian tribes and mixed races, primarily in the interiors of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru; also included literature distribution and operation of Bible institutes, medical dispensaries and clinics, Gospel day schools, a camp for disabled children, and a school for missionaries' children; expanded ministry included outreach in urban centers; changed organizational name to South America Indian Mission (1940) and South Smerica Mission, Inc. (1970); added Jungle Air as an aviation component, 1976; headquarters located in West Palm Beach (1939) and Lake Worth, FL (1981).

Other Descriptive Information

Related URL: http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/guides/204.htm
Title
Collection 204 Records of the South America Mission
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Billy Graham Center Archives Repository

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