Candidate Department, 1821-1939
Conditions Governing Access
Parts of this collection to which access is restricted are: (1) manuscripts, correspondence and other materials of the last forty years; and (2) some materials specifically marked "Restricted". Since the ABCFM came to an end as a separate body in 1961, it is broadly the case (since June 2001) that the forty-year rule no longer affects the present collection. However, there are some items that contain material after this date and to which the rule applies. Where only parts (e.g. single folders) within an item are affected, it is only these parts that are restricted. Items specifically "Restricted" include the minutes of the Prudential Committee (ABC 80.1). Restricted items may be examined only with the written permission of the Executive Minister of Wider Church Ministries.
For parts of the collection that are on microfilm (for which see below), permission of the Curator of Manuscripts is required to consult the original documents.
Certain parts of this collection, noted in this finding aid as at Harvard Depository , are housed offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff about retrieval policies and times.
Extent1261 linear feet
Harvard Depository, b
Letters received by the Board relating to candidates for appointment as missionaries, arranged by candidate.
There is an index to Volumes 1-24 of this series at the end of this finding aid.
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