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Papers of the Presbyterian Mission to American Indians - Collection 152

[Note: The BGC Archives does not have the original documents of this collection. What it does have is a microfilm edition of the papers, which it purchased from a publisher, as did many other archives and libraries.]

[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent.]

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background of the Presbyterian Mission to American Indians

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists Microfilm in This Collection (Location Records)


Brief Description.
Microfilm of nearly 14,000 letters by missionaries of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. All letters are numbered and catalogued. There is also an index by author and tribe referred to. Originals are in the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia. The letters date from 1833 to 1893. Vol: 35 Reels of Microfilm CN # 152 .

Collection 152
[March 12, 2001]
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions
American Indian Missions Correspondence; 1833-1893
35 Reels of Microfilm


Material in this collection is the property of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia. Information on copyright and quotation can be obtained from:

The Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Historical Background

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. After its founding in 1837 it brought the Christian civilization to peoples on four continents and, for the first fifty-six years of its existence, to the Indians of the United States, serving a variety of tribes.

[This information was excerpted from the published guide, kept on the Pennsylvania shelf in the Reading Room. For a more detailed historical background, see the Introduction to that guide.]

Scope and Content

The microfilm correspondence contains nearly fourteen thousand letters written to the Board of Foreign Missions from missionaries to American Indians. All letters are numbered and catalogued, and indexed by both author and tribe in the printed guide, which can be found on the Pennsylvania shelf of the Reading Room.



The microfilm in this collection was purchased by the Center Library. The originals are maintained by the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Type of Material: Microfilm

The following items are located in the CENTER LIBRARY MICROFILM ROOM:

All reels are 35mm, positive copy.

Refer to pages 9ff of the published guide for indexing and explanation of box numbers.

Reel 1 - Box 1
Reel 2 - Box 2
Reel 3 - Box 3
Reel 4 - Box 4
Reel 5 - Box 5
Reel 6 - Box 6 part 2
Reel 7 - Box 6 part 1
Reel 8 - Box 7 part 2
Reel 9 - Box 7 part 1
Reel 10 - Box 8
Reel 11 - Box 9
Reel 12 - Box 10 part 2
Reel 13 - Box 10 part 1
Reel 14 - Box 11
Reel 15 - Box 12 part 2
Reel 16 - Box 12 part 1
Reel 17 - Box A part 2
Reel 18 - Box A part 1
Reel 19 - Box B
Reel 20 - Box C
Reel 21 - Box D
Reel 22 - Box E
Reel 23 - Box F
Reel 24 - Box G
Reel 25 - Box H
Reel 26 - Box J
Reel 27 - Box K part 2
Reel 28 - Box K part 1
Reel 29 - Box L
Reel 30 - Box M
Reel 31 - Box N
Reel 32 - Box O
Reel 33 - Box P
Reel 34 - Box Q
Reel 35 - Box R

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