Billy Graham Center

Records of the American Home Missionary Society - Collection 142

[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 American Home Missionary Society

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

List of Microfilm in This Collection (Location Records)
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description
Incoming and outgoing correspondence; administrative materials; annual reports of the Society, whose stated purpose was the support of young congregations of Christians on the American frontier until such time as the congregation could become self-sufficient. Collection also includes a series of the Society's periodical, THE HOME MISSIONARY (1828-1909). This portion is on microfilm. Also included is a folder of letters, 1846-1854, written by members with reports of preaching, church membership, conversion, need of more missionaries and money. For more information, please see guide. Vol: 1 Folder, Microfilm CN # 142

Collection 142
[January 18,2001]
American Home Missionary Society; 1826-1893
Papers; 1816 (1826-1894) 1936
1 Box (DC; .2 cubic feet), Microfilm


Copyright on the microfilm is held by the Microfilming Corporation of America. Literary rights are held by many individuals and authors are expected to secure permission to quote from owners of rights. The papers are in the physical custody of Dillard University.

Historical Background

A group of small missionary societies, the earliest of which was the Young Men's Missionary Society of New York (formed in 1815) along with the New York Evangelical Missionary Society (formed in 1816) and other small agencies combined to make up the United Domestic Missionary Society in 1822. This group was supported by Reformed Churches and the Presbyterian Church. In May 1826, representatives from Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches met to form the American Missionary Society. During the convention, the United Domestic Missionary Society voted to merge with the American Home Missionary Society.

Its purpose was to assist congregations in the United States and its territories primarily until they could become financially self-supporting. Women's groups within the society were recognized when a Women's Department was formed in 1883. Operations of the Society were carried out through auxiliary societies, agents and agencies. In the 1890s the Society membership increased from 17 to 203. However, by 1893 the interdenominational character of the Society had been lost and it was renamed Congregational Home Missionary Society, which was still in existence in 1975. For a more complete history of the Society, refer to the printed Microfilm Edition.

[NOTE: In the Scope& Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2,   folder 5.]

Scope and Content

A complete description of the contents of the microfilm portion of this collection is found in the printed copy of the Microfilm Edition. It includes a listing of the entire 385 reels, all of which are in the collection held by the Billy Graham Center. These will be found on pages 21-32. Also included in this collection is one folder (folder 1-1) of correspondence from members of the Society to three secretaries of the Society, Rev. Milton Badger, Rev. Bill M. Hill, and Rev. David B. Coe, 1846-1854.



The materials were received at the Center in 1984 and 1985.

Accession 84-116
January 7, 1986
Frances L. Brocker
J. Nasgowitz

Box Folder Item
1 1 Correspondence; 1846-1854 (six letters from members of the Society reporting on ministerial activities, sermon topics, salary negotations, and conditions in Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan):

David Knowles to Rev. Milton Badger; Apr 23, 1846
Bishop E. T. Manning to Rev. Bill M. Hill; Jun 1, 1847
William Woods to Rev. Milton Badger; Feb 18, 1848
Rev. Marcus Harrison to Rev. Milton Badger; Jan, 1850
William B. Dodge to Rev. Milton Badger; Jul 1, 1851
Calvin Durfee to Rev. David B. Coe; Mar 25, 1854

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