MUNDUS LINKS AND USEFUL WEB RESOURCES

The following links and web resources have been selected as most useful to those interested in accessing missionary collections or in knowing more about the history of the missionary movement. If you know of further links which should be added or have noted any error in linkages please contact us.

BRITISH ISLES

Church and Mission
General

CONTINENTAL EUROPE

AFRICA

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

UNITED STATES

INTERNATIONAL


BRITISH ISLES: Church and Mission

ABTAPL: The Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries' Union List of Periodicals provides information on periodicals in theology, religious studies and philosophy held by over forty contributing libraries. It also includes links to free electronic journals.

Catholic Archives Society: was founded in 1979 to promote the care and preservation of records of dioceses, religious foundations, institutions and societies of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Has an annual journal, Catholic archives and publishes a Directory of Catholic Archives.

Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World: at New College, University of Edinburgh, exists to advance scholarship, through research, teaching and publication, in Christianity outside the western hemisphere. Has an important documentation centre. Click here to see site details and collection descriptions held in the Mundus database.

Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide: formerly known as the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity, it houses a Mission Studies and Worldwide Christianity library and archives. It moved into its new purpose-built premises at Westminster College, University of Cambridge in 2014. Click here to see site details and collection descriptions held in the Mundus database.

Methodist Archives and Research Centre: houses the archive of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and is located at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.

Mission History at Maynooth: the National University of Ireland and St Patrick's College, both based at Maynooth outside Dublin, have set up a partnership to promote research into mission history. Initiatives include the establishment of an BA in mission history, an oral history project, a missionary magazines and periodicals project, and the establishment of annual Mission History conferences (the Mundus Project team were pleased to participate in the November 2003 conference held at Maynooth itself).

Missionary Periodicals Database: a database of some 600 titles of missionary periodicals published in the British Isles from the early 18th century to 1960.

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: the aims of OCMS are to facilitate research in mission and to encourage the recognition of educational excellence of Two-Thirds World theological institutions and development agencies.

Revelation: unlocking research resources for nineteenth and twentieth century Church History and Christian Theology: a web-based guide to printed and archival collections on 19th and 20th century church history and Christian theology.

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BRITISH ISLES: General

A2A - Access to Archives: the A2A database contains catalogues of archives held across England and dating from the 1900s to the present day.

AIM25: provides electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over fifty higher education institutions and learned societies within the Greater London area.

ARCHON: the Archon Directory includes contact details for record repositories in the UK. The Archon Portal provides information about archival resources and projects. The site is hosted and maintained by the National Archives.

The British Library: houses the Oriental and India Office Collections, the focus within the British Library for collecting and providing access to material relating to all the cultures of Asia and North Africa and European interaction with them. Click here to see site details and collection descriptions held in the Mundus database.

CASBAH Database: a pilot web site for research resources relating to Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian peoples in the UK.

Genesis Database: provides access to women's history sources in the British Isles.

National Register of Archives: the NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records relating to British history.

Medical Archives and Manuscripts Surveys (MAMS): the Medical Archives and Manuscripts Survey exists to gather information about all types of medical records dating from between 1600 and 1945. At present the project holds information on repositories in Greater London; over 100 have been surveyed.

Mapping Asia: provides collection descriptions of resources held in university, special and public libraries; also access to holdings of newspapers in any language published in Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and information on the range of linguistic expertise in Asian languages available across the UK.

The National Archives: official documentation concerning missionaries is chiefly to be found in the departmental records of the Foreign Office and the records of the Colonial Office, Commonwealth and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.

Research and Special Collections Available Locally (NI) - RASCAL: an electronic gateway to research resources in Northern Ireland.

SOAS Library & Information: housed at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, this is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It includes large and important archival and book collections relating to the overseas missionary movement. Click here to see site details and collection descriptions held in the Mundus database.

UK Higher Education Archives Hub: a national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.

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CONTINENTAL EUROPE

Africa in German Mission Archives: provides an overview in English of some of the material on Africa available in the archives of certain mission societies in Germany.

Archives des Missions Etrangères de Paris: Archive of the Foreign Missions of Paris, founded in the 17th century.

Basel Mission Photographs Collection: photographs taken in Africa and Asia between 1850 and 1950.

Berliner Missionswerkes: an overview in German of the Archive of the Berlin Mission, and the Library.

Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propagande Fide): Arch.storico@evangel.va 06698 71523, Don Luis Manuel Cuna Ramos - archivist.

DEFAP: Service Protestant de Mission. The DEFAP is the service of mission of the Protestant Churches of France. It originates in the SMEP (Company of the Evangelical Missions of Paris), founded in 1822.

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AFRICA

Africa in German Mission Archives: provides an overview in English of some of the material on Africa available in the archives of certain mission societies in Germany.

Dictionary of African Christian Biography: an international undertaking aimed at producing an electronic database containing biographies of African Christian leaders, evangelists, and lay workers. Compiled by an international team of scholars and church leaders, primarily of African citizenship.

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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

A Hua Miao Archive: Songs and Stories and a Glossary of Phrases of the Hua Miao of South West China. Collected and translated by Keith and Kenneth Parsons, twin brothers born in 1916, to missionary parents in Yunnan, S. W. China.

The British Library: houses the Oriental and India Office Collections, the focus within the British Library for collecting and providing access to material relating to all the cultures of Asia and North Africa and European interaction with them. Click here to see site details and collection descriptions held in the Mundus database.

History of Christianity in China (Hong Kong Baptist University): serves as a research centre in Asia for researchers and scholars. The collection covers both primary and secondary English and Chinese language source materials concerning Chinese Christians, missionaries stationed in China, church history, and other materials pertaining to the history of Christianity in China.

Kinder Library - Archive Collections: archives held at the Kinder Library, New Zealand including the official archives of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Polynesia.

Mapping Asia: provides collection descriptions of resources held in university, special and public libraries; also access to holdings of newspapers in any language published in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and information on the range of linguistic expertise in Asian languages available across the UK.

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau: aims to locate and preserve archives, manuscripts and other unpublished or semi-published material in the area of the Pacific through microfilm. Established in 1968, it is located in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra.

Presbyterian Church Archives of Aotearoa New Zealand: an overview of records held by the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.

Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History: a webguide to archival resources in China and USA on Christianity in China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao), hosted by the University of San Francisco.

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USA

The Billy Graham Center: situated at Wheaton College, the Center has a number of very useful pages on missionary archives. It also has a detailed links page to related collections and resources throughout the world.

Christian and Missionary Alliance Archives: an overview of the CMAA (founded in 1887) which is housed in the office of the CMAA in Colorado Springs.

Directory of Mission Archives Housed at Mission Schools: this directory, hosted at Wheaton College, lists archives which are physically housed on the campuses of US Protestant schools which are involved in training missionaries.

The Methodist Archives and History Center: the Methodist Archives and History Center of the United Methodist Church, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA.

Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History: a webguide to archival resources in China and USA on Christianity in China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao), hosted by the University of San Francisco.

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: the Seminary's Burke Library contains over 700,000 items including books, periodicals, archival materials, pamphlets, manuscripts, microforms and digital resources. The collections are international in scope and represent significant historical depth.

Yale Divinity School Archives: overview of archives and manuscript collections held at the Yale Divinity Library, in both original and microtext format.

Yale University Library Research Guide for Christianity: includes a webguide to sources on missions and world Christianity.

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INTERNATIONAL

Global Mapping International: a Christian inter-denominational missionary research agency.

International Association for Mission Studies: the International Association for Mission Studies is an international, inter-confessional and interdisciplinary professional society for the scholarly study of Christian witness and its impact in the world. A journal, Mission Studies is published twice a year and international conferences are held every three to four years.

Internet Mission Photography Archive: the IMPA contains photographic images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections held at a number of centres in Britain, continental Europe, and North America.

UNESCO Archives Portal: an international gateway to information for archivists and archives users. Lists archives websites worldwide.

Yale-Edinburgh Group Website: an informal group of scholars, which was formed to facilitate discussion and exchange of information about historical aspects of the missionary movement and the development of world Christianity, with special emphasis on the sources for documentation.

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