Latin Link


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0237 CSCNWW 51
Held at: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Domain: archival
Title: Latin Link
Date(s) of contents: 1896-1991
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: c 120 boxes of minutes, correspondence, printed materials, personnel records, slides, films, photographs.

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s):
Andes Evangelical Mission
Evangelical Union of South America
Help from Brazil
Latin Link
South American Evangelical Mission

Administrative/Biographical history: The Evangelical Union of South America (EUSA) was formed in 1911 by Regions Beyond Missionary Union (RBMU; founded 1894) and the South American Evangelical Mission (SAEM; founded 1895) in response to the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference (RBMU passing responsibility for its South American work over to EUSA, and continuing its own work elsewhere). EUSA worked in Argentina and Peru. Two years later EUSA was joined by the Help for Brazil Mission (founded 1892). In 1932 the Peru Inland Mission (PIM) was formed; this became part of RBMU in 1948. The Andes Evangelical Mission (AEM; originally known as the Bolivian Indian Mission) was founded in 1907 by New Zealander George Allan in Bolivia to minister to the Quechua Indians. In 1982 AEM UK united with EUSA. EUSA worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. On the 5th of June 1990 EUSA united with the Peru section of Regions Beyond Missionary Union to form Latin Link. The work done by these missions included church planting, medical and educational work, and Bible and Christian literature distribution.

All of the missions that formed Latin Link were interdenominational.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Latin Link at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World on 15th August 2002.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of material (mainly from 1914 onwards) relating to the mission in general and to the work in Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. It includes:
1. Minutes and reports produced in the mission offices in London and in the fields from 1914 onwards.
2. Correspondence with missionaries in the field, with regional and national councils, with other missions operating in the same areas, and with other evangelical agencies.
3. Publications and printed material including issues of the mission's journal South America (later South America Now), newsletters produced by missionaries in the field, and leaflets and pamphlets produced for publicity or information.
4. Material in the language or dialects of the countries in which the missionaries worked which was used for language learning or evangelical purposes.
5. Material on the different missions uniting (6) lantern slides, slides, photographs and pictures.
6. Audio material including a large collection of soundslides (slides with accompanying audio cassettes used in deputation work).
7. Films showing the mission's work in various fields.

The collection contains little pre-1911 material (ie, predating the merger of EUSA and RBMU); this early material includes small amounts from the SAEM, the AEM and Help from Brazil.

System of arrangement: Arrangement in progress.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: Most of the material is in English but there is some in Spanish, Portuguese and Quechua.

Conditions governing access: Contact the repository for details.

Conditions governing reproduction: Copyright remains with Latin Link, which should be contacted at:
Latin Link Britain & Ireland, 175 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2AB.
Tel: 020 7939 9000, Fax: 020 7939 9015
Email: communications.uk@latinlink.org

Physical characteristics: The slides can be viewed without special equipment but a projector is needed to view them at full size. A tape player is needed to listen to the audio cassettes. The films need a projector.

Finding aids: A handlist is in progress.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World also holds the archive of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 30th September 2002.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Audiovisual materials
Christians
Educational missionary work
Films
Language instruction
Linguistics
Magnetic tape recordings
Medical missionary work
Mission administration
Mission policy
Missionaries
Missionary deputations
Missionary societies
Missionary work
Newsletters
Nondenominational missionary societies
Overseas/foreign mission administration
Periodicals
Photographic slides
Photographs
Protestant missionary societies
Recordings
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious organizations
Rural missionary work
Sound recordings
Teaching materials
Visual materials

Personal names

Corporate names
Andes Evangelical Mission
EUSA
Evangelical Union of South America
Help for Brazil Mission
Latin Link
PIM
Peru Inland Mission
South American Evangelical Mission

Places
Americas
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Europe
London
Peru
South America
UK
Western Europe