Trust Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel Printed Collection
Name of creator(s):
Brethren's Society fo the Furtherance of the Gospel among the Heathen
Administrative/Biographical history: The Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel (S.F.G.) was founded by the Moravian Church in 1741 in order to undertake missionary activities around the world. On 17 September 1921 it was incorporated to become the Trust Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel.
The Moravian Church has produced periodicals documenting its missionary work since the late 18th century, notably Periodical Accounts (1790-1961), The Moravian Missionary Reporter (1879-1902) and Moravian Missions (1903-1956).
Immediate source of acquisition:
In the continuous possession of the Moravian Church.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Periodicals include: the Moravian Mission Reporter, Moravian Missions, and Periodical Accounts; the latter two titles consisting of complete series covering the period 1790-1961. Periodicals document Moravian missionary activity worldwide from 1790 onwards, including printed extracts of letters, diaries, etc. Later issues (from c1900) include illustrations and photographs.
System of arrangement:
Books are classified according to an inhouse system, with groupings according to types of material (eg, hymnbooks, reports), and with classification suffixes indicating the language of a work.
Periodicals are arranged numerically by volume and date.
ACCESS AND USE
Books are mostly English, with some works in other languages such as Danish, French, German and Latin. Periodicals are in Danish, English, French and German.
Conditions governing access: Open access.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Reproduction in any form is subject to the permission of the archivist and/or the Moravian Church. Copyright restrictions may also apply.
Books are listed on a card catalogue; a computerised database is in preparation
A computer database of all periodical titles in the library of the British Province is available onsite.
The Moravian Church Archive and Library also holds the archive of the Trust Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel.
Moravian Church Manuscripts, held at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, include the journal of Christian Ignatius Latrobe (1758-1836) on Moravian missionary work.
University of Bristol Special Collections holds reports of Moravian congregations and memoirs of individuals (1728-1944) relating mainly to the Caribbean (reference DM 1538).
The central archives of the worldwide Moravian church (including an ethnographic museum of objects collected by Moravian missionaries) are held at the Unity Archives in Herrnhut, Germany.
Date(s) of descriptions: 18th April 2002