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Collection 179 Records of Short Terms Abroad

Identifier: CN 179

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, personnel files, bulletins, newspapers, posters, publications, legal documents, photos, mailing lists, minutes of meetings, and other items pertaining to the operation of the organization, Short Terms Abroad, which brought together individuals with particular skills(such as teaching or construction) and an interested in serving as missionaries for a limited time with missions having temporary needs for those skills.


  • Created: 1965-1976


18 Boxes

1 Oversize File

81 Photograph Files

Language of Materials


Arrangement and Description

[NOTE: In the Arrangement description, the notation "folder 1-1" means box 1, folder 1.]

Boxes 1 to 4 contain Active Dossier files of individuals who were placed in various short-term duties with missions. The files include dossiers and correspondence relating to assignments. boxes 5 to 8 hold records of applicants who for varying reasons were placed on in inactive status. Existing photos of Active and Inactive applicants are alphabetized by last name in the Photo file. Dossiers include conversion experiences and personal motivations for service in mission work. References provide insight into personality traits useful for mission service. Folder 5-82 includes a 1968 set of bilingual Sunday school lessons in Chinyanja, an African dialect, and English.

General files are located in boxes 9-12, covering the years between 1965 and 1976. The full scope of the operation of STA is reflected in the correspondence, minutes of board meetings, and mailing lists of colleges, seminaries, churches, Christian organizations, and publications. STA personnel, names and addresses, and board minutes can be found in folders 9-34 and 9-36. Folder 9-79 contains basic data used by the International Congress on World Evangelization, 1974, for the study of individual countries. Posters and newspapers aimed at urban street/drug culture are in folder 9-57 and OS 16. A copy of a research report, Laymen Abroad in Christian Mission, is in folder 9-85. A summary of the principles of Latin America Mission's Evangelism-in-Depth program is in folder 10-34. Folder 12-16 includes a paper developing the rationale of short term services and outlines potential personnel problems realistically. Another paper, "The Challenge of Youth," written by the first director of STA, Richard Wolff, is in folder 12-87.

Boxes 13-15 contain an incomplete set of files, M-W, of correspondence with the missions with which STA dealt for placement of personnel. These include radio stations, publishing houses, crusade groups, translators, schools, and relief agencies, as well as established denominational and nondenominational mission units in individual countries.

Accruals and Additions

The material for this collection was given to the Center by Rev. Irving Philgreen in 1980 and 1981.

Accession #: 80-170 October 2, 1981

Frances L. Brocker

R. Shuster

J. Nasgowitz

Collection 179 Records of Short Terms Abroad
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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