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[from July 1998]

July 1998: IVCF's 1st Student Missionary Convention

DEVELOPMENT series.  
URBANA MISSIONARY CONVENTIONS; 1946-1962 (OS 27)
Poster inviting students to attend Inter-Varsity's first missionary convention in Toronto. The poster is one of the few documents remaining from the convention. Taken from Collection 300, Records of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
When Inter-Varsity was established in the United States in 1940, based on the model of IV movements in Great Britain and Canada, it launched what has become one of the most enduring and influential American Evangelical parachurch institutions. IVCF students and staff have presented the gospel on college and university campuses and provided a means for Christian fellowship and nurture for over half a century. Inter-Varsity's influence has helped shape the landscape of Christianity in America in a number of ways: IVCF's records, covering the period from 1940 to 1991, consist largely of correspondence, reports, publications, promotional materials. The materials describe its organizational development and include the administrative files of individual leaders, such as the files of each of its presidents from 1940 to 1984 and evangelist Paul Little. There are also departmental records, such as those from regional offices, the Missions Department, and the Nurses Christian Fellowship. Also included is the research data compiled for the 1991 official history, For Christ and the University. The files include some material on the part the Canadian branch played in starting the work in the United States.

To learn more about IVCF and find out what is in Collection 300, click here. A valuable additional source is IVCF's history, For Christ and the University, published in 1991.


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