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Collection 261 Records of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions

Identifier: CN 261

Scope and Contents

Microfilm edition of the files of the ABCFM. The originals are at Harvard University. The units that the Archives has are: #1, letters from the offices of the Board to foreign missionaries (including letters to missionaries working with American Indians); #2, letters from missions in Africa; #3, letters from missions in Asia; #4, letters from missions in Central Asia (India, etc.); #5, letters from missions in the Near East; and #6, letters from missions on the American continents and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.


  • Created: 1827-1929

Biographical or Historical Information

First American foreign mission agency; established in 1810; Congregational in orientation while accepting missionaries of various denominational backgrounds; Bible translation, education, and medical care were consistently emphasized, with evangelism's priority diminishing over time; merged to form United Church [of Christ] Board for World Ministries, 1961.


858.00 reels_of_microfilm

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Other Descriptive Information

The BGC Archives purchased this microfilm collection. The original collection from which the microfilm was made is held by Research Publications.

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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US