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Records of SIM International - Collection 649


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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Historical Background

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

Microfim List




Collection 649                                                                                                        [August 4, 2009]
SIM International; 1893-
Records; 1887-1987

132 reels of microfilm


Restrictions: None. SIM International retains all rights to the original documents. Researchers may make copies from the documents for their own personal research use.

Brief Description. Microfilm of official documents, publications, and private papers relating to the work of the Sudan Interior Mission in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Benin, Niger, Upper Volta, and Ivory Coast. This microfilm was given to the BGC Archives by the SIM International Archives as an offsite reference copy.



Historical Background

Canadians Roland V. Bingham and Walter Gowans and American Thomas Kent founded Soudan (later Sudan) Interior Mission in 1893 to evangelize the people of sub-Saharan Africa. In the 1980s, SIM, the Andes Evangelical Mission (AEF), and International Christian Fellowship joined to become SIM, Society for International Ministries. The Africa Evangelical Fellowship joined SIM in 1998.

For a full history of the individual missions and their joint ministry, go to this webpage: www.sim.org/index.Php/content/sim-history


Scope and Content


This collection consist of a copy negative of microfilm of the records of Sudan Interior Mission. The film was given to the BGC Archives by the SIM International Archives to make these resources for the history of the church in Africa more widely available. The documents are solely from Sudan Interior Mission. There is nothing on this film from AEM, ICF or AEF.

The microfilm contains documents about Sudan Interior Mission’s work in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Benin, Niger, Upper Volta, and Ivory Coast. Documents include reports, correspondence, diaries of missionaries, administrative files, records of individual mission stations, minutes, newsletters, magazines, books, and miscellaneous records, most of which were created by or for Western missionaries or their supporters in North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. There are also copies of a number of Sudan Interior Mission periodicals, including Sudan Witness and The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness.

The BGC Archives has little information about the contents of these collections, beyond what can be found in the microfilm list below. There is a notebook with more information on individual reels, mainly relating to the microfilming of the material on those reels, but also in some cases containing signifciant additional information on the contents.

SIM staff created this microfilm from original documents in 1984 through 1987, with some additional work done in 1991 and 1992. The original documents from which the microfilm was made are in the SIM International Archives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA. The SIM International Archives has the original master negative of the microfilm. Apparently no positive copies of the microfilm were ever made.

Provenance

The microfilm in this collection was given to the BGC Archives by the SIM International Archives in June 2009.
Accession 09-33
Bob Shuster
K. Hamilton


List of 16mm microfilm negative reels
received by the BGC Archives from the SIM International Archives
June 2009

 




In the table below, “BGC Reel #” refers to the number assigned each reel by the BGC Archives; “SIM #” refers to the designation given to each reel by the SIM staff; “Dates” are the dates of the documents on the reel, and “Contents” is the brief summary of contents taken from the reel label. Many reels also have a more detailed list of contents on the side of the reel box. There are eight reels that have “Missing” in the “Contents” column. These are reels which the BGC Archives never received, but for which there is evidence in the notebook which was received with the microfilm. There is a copy of this notebook in Archives Reading Room.

 



 

BGC Reel #

SIM Reel #

Dates covered

Contents

AM - Assorted Materials

 

1

AM-1

1901-

Biographical Material: Misc. Missionaries Directors’ Circular Letters; Mission Finance: Policies, Reports, etc.

2

Roll #2

1901-45

Biographical Material: Misc. Missionaries Directors’ Circular Letters; Mission Finance: Policies, Reports, etc.(includes AM-2 and AM-3)

BC - Bingham, R. V. Correspondence (1919-1942)

 

3

BC-1

1938-42

Correspondence Roland V. Bingham 1942 July-Dec. to Bingham 1938

4

BC-2

1926-38

Correspondence Roland V. Bingham 1938 (cont.) to Bingham 1926

5

BC-3

1921-26

Correspondence Roland V. Bingham 1926 (cont.) to Bingham 1921

BM - Biographical Material: Five (pre-1900) Pioneers

 

6

BM-1

pre-1900

Early Influences of Five Pioneers; Roland V. Bingham: published material; influence of A. B. Simpson and Christian and Missionary Alliance, Ann Preston, John Salmon, Toronto Bible College

7

BM-2

1893-1939

Roland V. Bingham: articles, overseas tours; Assorted: Thomas Kent, Walter Gowans, John Bonner, David Loynd and Robert Lee

8

BM-3

1852-1942

Five Pioneers: misc.; bulk material of Roland V. Bingham and Walter Gowans; Helen E. Bingham, H. Gratton Guiness

CB - Correspondence: Beacham, C. G., Sr.(1918-55)/Stirrett, A. P. (1925-48)

 

9

Roll #1

1925-42

Correspondence: A. P. Stirrett, 1925-39; Correspondence: C. G. Beacham, 1934-45 (CB-1 and part 1 of CB-2)

10

Roll #2

1918-40

Correspondence: C. G. Beacham, 1918-40 (part 2 of CB-2 and CB-3)

CC - Correspondence: EWCA, EMS, Early Papers, etc; Govt: W. Africa

 

11

Roll #1

1902-39

Correspondence: Govt: Nigeria (includes part of CC-2 and CC-3)

CH - Correspondence: Dr. Albert D. Helser

 

12

Roll #1 and Roll #2

1936-45

Correspondence: Helser, Dr. Albert D. 1936-45 (includes part of CH-2 and CH-3)

CM - Correspondence: Usually with Area HQS, with Various Missionaries (in alphabetical order)

 

13

CM-1

1919-52

Correspondence: Abernathy, Mr/Mrs. Harry (Ethelyn) to Correspondence: Archibald, Mr/Mrs. Thomas (Grace)

14

CM-2

1919-77

Correspondence: Ball, Mr. to Correspondence: Osborne, D.M.

15

CM-3

1917-80

Correspondence: Osborne, D.M. to Correspondence: Zabriskie, Ed and Irene

CO - Correspondence: A-Z

 

16

Roll #1

1926-45

Correspondence: J. Trout; Correspondence: US Headquarters/West Coast Council; Correspondence: British Councils; Correspondence: London,1934-45 (includes portions of CO-1, Co-3, CO-5, and CO-7)

17

Roll #2

1922-45

Correspondence: London, 1928-34; Correspondence: Jos HQ; Correspondence: Liverpool; Correspondence: New Zealand, A. E. Ball, C. F. Beitzel, J. S. Hall and H. J. Harling (includes portions of CO-7, Co-9, and CO-10)

18

Roll #3

1922-45

Correspondence: H. J. Harling to Correspondence: G. Ritchie-Rice (includes portions of CO-10, CO-11, CO-12)

CT - Correspondence: (Toronto) with Missionaries, A-Z

 

19

Roll #1

1921-45

Correspondence: Duff, Rev. and Mrs. Clarence to Correspondence: McDougall, S. (includes portions of CT-1)

20

Roll #2

1921-45

Correspondence: Smith, Allen O. to Correspondence: Turnbull, J. (includes portions of CT-2)

DA - Diaries: Edward Rice

 

21

DA-1

1906-38

Edward Rice: Misc. Reports; Letters, 1906-38; Diaries, 1907-27

22

DA-2

1928-29

Diaries: Rice, Edward

DB - Diaries: A. P. Stirrett

 

23

DB-2

1904-37

Diaries: Stirrett, A. P.

DC - Diaries: Various

 

24

DC-1

1908-65

Diaries: Beacham, C. G. to Diaries: Stanley, Frank 1955

25

DC-2

1905-68

Diaries: Stanley, Frank 1956 to Diaries: Wuthrich (Nigeria)

DD - Diaries: Various

 

26

DD-1

1925-71

Diaries: Davidson, Arthur and Lena; Diaries: Doerksen, Eva

27

DD-2

1903-61

Diaries: Doerksen, Eva; Horn, Eric, E. S., L. W., and Sylvia; Lambie, Thomas; Judd, E.; McMillan, Daisy

28

DD-3

1914-65

Diaries: McMillan, Daisy; Roberts, Mr/Mrs. Percy; Russell, Hope; Titcombe, T.

DE - Diaries: Irene Watkins, Charles K. Zabriskie and Eva Doerksen

 

29

DE-1

1925-67

Diary-like letters, biographical and autobiographical material

EA - Ethiopia Pre-Italian War Era

 

30

EA-1

1923-39

T.A. Lambie: writings by and about; Misc. Information

31

EA-2

1923-39

Outfit Lists; Station Records: thru Homatcho

32

EA-3

1923-39

Station Records: Homatcho to Yerga Alam

EB - Administrative Correspondence Concerning East Africa

 

33

EB-1

1923-31

Correspondence: Ethiopia, 1923-31

34

EB-2

1932-35

Correspondence: Ethiopia, 1932- June 1935

35

EB-3

1935-37

Correspondence: Ethiopia (and Sudan), July 1935- June1937

36

EB-4

1937-39

Correspondence: Ethiopia and Sudan, 1937-1939

EC - Post-Itallian War Correspondence Concerning East Africa

 

37

EC-1

1940-74

Assorted Correspondence, including T.A. Lambie, Roland V. Bingham to H. M. Haile Selassie, Ethiopia, R. N. Thompson, G. Cain, W. A. Ohman, M. F. Hodges, Word of Life Church

ED - SIM Ethiopia Administrative Departments, Post-Itallian War

 

38

ED-1

1938-76

Academic Education; Bible School

39

ED-2,3,4

1938-86

Bible School; Evangelism and Church Growth; Various Departments

EE - Ethiopia Misc. Material Before 1950

 

40

EE-1,2

1927-50

Roberts, Percy and Violet to “We raised our babies in Africa”

EG - Ethiopia Misc. Material After 1950

 

41

EG-1,2

1950-87

Cain, Glen R. to “Praise and Prayer” Bulletins

42

EG-3,4

1950-84

Monthly “Praise and Prayer” Bulletins to Wollamo

EM - Early Misc. Mission Info.; Mainly Early

 

43

EM-1

1903-

Photos; SIM: travel, education, medicine, leprosy sevices

44

EM-2

1927-51

SIM: leprosy, youth for Christ, tribes, Nigeria, Francophone, Benin, Niger, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast

EV - Evangelical Christian

 

45

EV-1

1887-1935

(SIM-related material clippings) This is a complete set of the Evangelical Christian, and is filed chronologically, according to the date of issue of the magazine

46

EV-2

1936-67

– (Note: Annual editions end with 1947, followed by a single issue printed in 1967)

IA - INTERCOM

 

47

IA-1

1968-84

INTERCOM 1968-1984 Complete (#1-#65)

KB - (Khartoum) Sudan, Anglo-Egyptian Before 1950

 

48

KB-1

1912-49

Assorted Files Including: Doro Bombing; Dinka; Maps

49

KB-2,3

1937-49

Faulkner, Glenn and Ruth to Nash, Joseph and Wilma; Station Records: Abaiyat to Yabus Bridge

KC - Khartoum, SIM: Sudan Administrative Correspondence after 1949

 

50

KC-1

1950-74

Includes: Africa Committee for Rehabilitation of Southern Sudan; AIM; Sudan United Mission; Mission Aviation Fellowship

51

KC-2

1950-73

Includes: Mission Aviation Fellowship; Medical Ministries; assorted Governmental Departments/Consuls and Governors

52

KC-3

1950-73

Includes correspondence with assorted Governmental Departments/Ministries, Governors and other officials

53

KC-4

1950-74

Includes Correspondence with SIM: Australia; East Africa Director; Ethiopia; General Director; Liberia; International; New Zealand; Niger; Nigeria; Prayer Secretary; U.K.

54

KC-5

1950-74

Includes: correspondence with SIM: UK, USA; Billy Graham Crusade Khartoum; Arabic to Sudanese School Teachers

KF - Khartoum, SIM: Sudan Administrative Files after 1949

 

55

KF-1,2

1949-87

Administrative Directives ; News Notes; Prayer Letters; Arabic in Southern Sudan to “War on the Nile”; Sudan Interior Church

KM - Khartoum, SIM: Sudan Administrative Correspondence with Missionaries after 1949

 

56

KM-1,2

1950-60

Ackley, Ernest and Sadie to Forsberg, Malcolm and Enid

57

KM-3

1948-72

Forsberg, Malcolm and Enid to Knights, Bill and Marie

58

KM-4

1950-60

Logan, Mary to Radach, Kenneth and Gloria

59

KM-5

1955-60

Redman, Elsie to Wordie, Beth

MC - Council Minutes; Some Correspondence 1898-

 

60

MC-1

1898-1980

America Home Staff (1933-); International Council (1948-55); General Council (1957-80); SIM Council (1898-1943)

MD - National Council Minutes

 

61

MD-1

1927-69

Australia; Canada; Liverpool; London

62

MD-2

 

MISSING (National Council Minutes for Scotland; Northern Ireland; New Zealand; South Africa; Switzerland; U.S.A)

ME - Area Council Minutes

 

63

ME-1

1901-69

Ethiopia; Francophone; Sudan; West Africa

MM - Misc. Mission Info; Inter-mission Conferences, Handbooks, Manuals

 

64

MM-1

1906-67

SIM: Name Change; History; Incorporation; Mergers; Japan

65

MM-2

1910-83

SIM: Sebring Interviews; Principles and Practice; Furlo Seminar; Handbook; Manual; Inter-mission and Early Field Conferences

66

MM-3,4,5

1893-1980

SIM: Evaluation Report; Stations; Statistics; Walter Gowans Home; Field Letters (Jos, Nigeria); Playfair letter; San Pedro Mission

PC - Playfair (G.W.) Correspondence

 

67

PC-1

1951-63

Correspondence: Playfair 1951-1963

68

PC-2

1939-51

Correspondence: Playfair 1939-1951

69

PC-3

1926-40

Correspondence: Playfair 1926-1940

70

PC-4

1917-57

Correspondence: Playfair 1917-1957

PG - Prayer Guides

 

71

PG-1

1929-85

Prayer Guides filed chronologically

SB - SIM Books

 

72

SB-1

1921-82

Listed in alphabetical order according to title (not complete) A-Fa

73

SB-2

1905-77

Fi-Me

74

SB-3

1928-80

Me-Th

75

SB-4

1931-84

Tr-Z; also “Joyful in My God”; “Never Hide a Hyena in a Sack”

76

SB-5

1920's-84

Listed in alphabetical order according to title (not complete) B-Y

SC - Books and Booklets Relating to SIM

 

77

SC-1

1959-88

Listed in alphabetical order according to title: B-Fo

78

SC-2,3

1933-87

Fr-Y

SD - SIM Related Pamphlets

 

79

SD-1

1925-89

Filed by title in alphabetical order: A-L

80

SD-2

1893-1987

M-Y

SR - Station Reports/Records (Stations listed alphabetically by Country/Region)


 

81

SR-1

1924-

(Niger Republic) Augie to Niamey/Niger Misc

82

SR-2

1924-

(Niger Republic) Tahoua to Zinger

83

SR-3

1946-

(Benin Republic) Bimbereke to Tchaourou

84

SR-4

1930-78

(Upper Volta) Diapaga to Piela

85

SR-5

1918-74

(Nigeria) ABA to Bida

86

SR-6

1923-78

(Nigeria) Billiri to Bununu

87

SR-7

1931-69

(Nigeria) Bununu to Chafe

88

SR-8

1918-82

(Nigeria) Chafe to Diko

89

SR-9

1905-77

(Nigeria) Dikko to Egbe

90

SR-10

1916-76

(Nigeria) Egbe to Gar

91

SR-11

1933-74

(Nigeria) Gar to Gashua

92

SR-12

1923-74

(Nigeria) Gashua to Gelengu

93

SR-13

1919-71

(Nigeria) Gelengu to Igbaja

94

SR-14

1916-74

(Nigeria) Igbaja to Izom

95

SR-15

1914-81

(Nigeria) Jebba to Kadanya

96

SR-16

1913-69

(Nigeria) Kadanya to Kagoro

97

SR-17

1917-77

(Nigeria) Kagoro to Kaltungo

98

SR-18

1917-83

(Nigeria) Kaltungo to Kano

99

SR-19

1912-71

(Nigeria) Kano to Karu

100

SR-20

1926-76

(Nigeria) Karu to Katsina

101

SR-21

1913-69

(Nigeria) Katsina to Kufana

102

SR-22

 

MISSING

103

SR-23

 

MISSING

104

SR-24

 

MISSING

105

SR-25

1913-77

(Nigeria) Malumfashi to Minna

106

SR-26

1915-83

(Nigeria) Minna to Moriki

107

SR-27

1907-75

(Nigeria) Moriki to Oro-Ago

108

SR-28

1904-83

(Nigeria) Orgo-Ago to Patigi

109

SR-29

1919-75

(Nigeria) Patigi to Serikin Pawa

110

SR-30

1937-74

(Nigeria) Serikin Pawa to Tawari

111

SR-31

1924-71

(Nigeria) Tegna to Tula Wange

112

SR-32

1906-84

(Nigeria) Ungwar Goji to Yerwa

113

SR-33

1915-74

(Nigeria) Yerwa to Zagun

114

SR-34

1914-83

(Nigeria) Zagun to Zambuk

115

SR-35

1933-74

(Nigeria) Zambuk to Zonkwa

116

SR-36

1943-85

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Addis Ababa to Bako

117

SR-37

1946-81

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Bako to Dahah Bur

118

SR-38

1945-85

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Dangilla to Durami

119

SR-39

1946-76

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Durami to Hosanna

120

SR-40

1946-78

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Hosanna to Langano

121

SR-41

1947-82

(Ethiopia Post Italian War Era) Langano to Sheshamane

 

122

SR-42

 

MISSING

 

123

SR-43

 

MISSING

 

124

SR-44

 

MISSING

 

125

SR-45

 

MISSING

WA - “The Sudan Witness”

 

126

WA-1

1923-64

Sudan Witness 1923-64; Sudan Witness Supplement 1948-54

127

WA-2

1948-69

Sudan Witness 1965-67; Australian (1948-56), British (1948-69)and New Zealand (1939-61) editions and supplements

128

WA-3

1951-76

New Zealand (1962-71) and South African (1951-76) Sudan Witness editions and supplements

WB - “Today’s Challenge”; “West African Christian”

 

129

WB-1,2

1948-75

Today’s Challenge (1974-75); West African Christian (1948-51)

WC - “Africa Now”

 

130

WC-1,2

1958-81

A complete set of Africa Now no. 1-117 in chronological order

WD - The Evangelical Christian and its predecessors

 

131

WD-1

1887-95

Information about the magazines; Faithful Witness (1887-1895)

132

WD-2

1895-1900

Faithful Witness (1895-1899); The Faithful Witness (1900)

133

WD-3

1900-14

The Faithful Witness (1900,1904); The Missionary Witness (1904-1910); The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness (1911-1914)

134

WD-4

1913-20

The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness

135

WD-5

1919-26

The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness

136

WD-6

1925-30

The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness

137

WD-7

1929-34

The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness

138

WD-8

1933-38

The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Witness (1933-34); “The Evangelical Christian” (1935-38)

139

WD-9

1939-42

The Evangelical Christian

140

WD-10

1943-68

The Evangelical Christian (incomplete)

 




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