Collection 215 Records of Overseas Missionary Fellowship (China Inland Mission)
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, minutes, directories, newsletters, brochures, photographs, book manuscripts, slides, photo albums, and other materials which document the history of the North American branch of the mission.
Materials cover the origins of the mission's North American branch; its church planting, evangelistic, medical, educational, and literature work in China until the time of its expulsion in 1951; its reorganization from China Inland Mission into Overseas Missionary Fellowship; its work since 1951 in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and other countries.Among the people featured are: William Borden, Chiang Kai-Shek, J.O. Fraser, George Gibb, Arthur Glasser, Robert Hall Glover, Dixon E. Hoste, George Hunter, Frank Houghton, John and Isobel Kuhn, J.O. Sanders, John and Elizabeth Stam, and James Hudson Taylor. The collection also includes twenty films and thousands of photographs (prints and slides).
- Created: 1853, 1886-1990, 1997, n.d.
- Other: Majority of material found in 1889-1990
Conditions Governing Access
The folders noted below are restricted and cannot be used without the written permission of the donor until after the date noted. This restriction does not apply to active members of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship.
5-10 See Folder 5-11
5-13 See Folder 5-14
13-1 December 31, 2008
13-2 December 31, 2010
13-3 December 31, 2013
13-4 December 31, 2017
14-1 December 31, 2012
Requests for permission should be directed to:
U.S.A. Director Overseas Missionary Fellowship
10 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
Forms to be sent to the contact person should be obtained from the staff in the Reading Room.
Folders 5-10, 5-12 and 5-13 contain materials on permanent loan to the Center from Overseas Missionary Fellowship.
J. Hudson Taylor's Bible and Chinese New Testament, stored in the Center Library, are also on permanent loan.
The materials in Folders 5-10 and 5-13 cannot be used because of their fragility. Copies of the materials in Folder 5-10 are located in Folder 5-11; copies of items in Folder 5-13 are in Folder 5-14.
Some of the personnel cards in folders 4-82 through 4-102 have been removed and copies substituted, with certain information blacked out. The original cards will be put back in each folder when 25 years have passed from the date of the youngest document in that folder.
Biographical or Historical Information
Nondenominational evangelical mission agency, founded as China Inland Mission in 1865 by James Hudson Taylor. The mission focused its effort on evangelism and church planting in rural communities of inland China until begin expelled in 1950 by Chinese Communists. The mission was later renamed Overseas Missionary Fellowship and began working in other Asian countries, at first in their Chinese communities and then their broader populations. The US Home Council was established in 1901 and incorporated in 1932, administratively under the North American Council until 1969. The Home Council oversaw the screening of candidates, coordinating prayer and information distribution.
30.54 Cubic Feet
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- Ascent to the tribes: pioneering in northern Thailand.
- Bible colleges
- Bible colleges -- Asia, Southeastern.
- Bible colleges -- China.
- Boarding schools -- China.
- Boarding schools.
- Borden, William.
- Chefoo School (Yen t'ai shih, China)
- Chiang, Kai-shek.
- Children of missionaries.
- China -- History -- 1949-
- China Inland Mission.
- China. -- History
- China. -- History -- 1912-1937.
- China. -- History -- 1937-1945.
- China. -- History -- Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901.
- China. -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949.
- China. -- History -- Revolution, 1911-1912.
- Christian education -- Asia, Southeastern.
- Christian education -- China.
- Christian education.
- Christian martyrs -- China.
- Christian martyrs.
- Christianity and culture.
- Chung-kuo kuo min tang.
- Church and state -- China.
- Church and state.
- Church development, New.
- Church work with the working class
- Church work with the working class -- China.
- Church work with women
- Church work with women -- China.
- Communism -- China.
- Ecumenical movement -- Congresses.
- Ecumenical movement.
- Evangelistic work -- Asia, Southeastern.
- Evangelistic work -- Asia.
- Evangelistic work -- China.
- Evangelistic work -- Taiwan.
- Evangelistic work -- Tibet (China)
- Evangelistic work.
- Fraser, James Outram,
- Frost, Henry Weston,
- Gibb, George W.
- Glasser, Arthur F. (Arthur Frederick), 1914-
- Glover, Robert Hall,
- Hoste, Dixon Edward.
- Houghton, Frank, 1894-1972.
- Hunter, George W.,
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Asia, Southeastern.
- Indigenous church administration -- China.
- Intercultural communication -- China.
- Intercultural communication.
- Kachin (Asian people)
- Kuhn, Isobel.
- Language in missionary work.
- Lisu (Southeast Asian people)
- Medical care
- Medical care -- China.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Australia.
- Missionaries -- Canada.
- Missionaries -- Europe.
- Missionaries -- Great Britain.
- Missionaries -- United States.
- Missionaries, Resignation of.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- China.
- Missions -- Congresses.
- Missions -- Indonesia.
- Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation.
- Missions -- Japan.
- Missions -- Malaysia.
- Missions -- Philippines.
- Missions -- Singapore.
- Missions -- Southeast Asia.
- Missions -- Thailand.
- Missions -- Tibet.
- Missions, British.
- Missions, Medical.
- Music -- China.
- Nationalism -- China.
- Organizational change.
- Overseas Missionary Fellowship.
- Persecution -- China.
- Religious institutions.
- Revivals -- China.
- Rural churches -- China.
- Rural churches.
- Rural missions -- China.
- Rural missions.
- Sanders, J. Oswald (John Oswald), 1902-1992
- Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
- Social change.
- Southeast Asia.
- Stam, Elisabeth Alden Scott,
- Stam, John Cornelius,
- Street preaching.
- Taylor, James Hudson, 1832-1905
- Three-self movement.
- Tribes -- China.
- United States -- Foreign relations
- United States -- Foreign relations -- China.
- Women missionaries.
- World War, 1914-1918.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Collection 215 Records of Overseas Missionary Fellowship
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