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Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1833-1911

The nineteenth century has been described as the “Great Century” of Protestant missions, when the Gospel was sent to more peoples than ever before. The Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was an active participant in this phenomenal expansion. Missionary activities were important in the political, economic, educational and social reforms of many countries. The spreading of medical knowledge, the promotion of Western learning, and international law were some of the examples.

The majority of the material in these collections consists of incoming correspondence from the field and outgoing correspondence from Board headquarters. Other primary sources include diary accounts, sermon manuscripts, receipts of sale, and field accounts.

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