American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions Pacific Islands missions records
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
For parts of the collection that are on microfilm (for which see below), permission of the curator is required to consult the original documents.
Conditions Governing Use
Extent23.5 linear feet (47 boxes)
This finding aid is a detailed guide to ABC 19, a subset of the main Archives of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABC 1-91); it was partially derived from an ABCFM created table of contents maintained in the main collection as ABC 90.1 (volumes 2-3).
Biographical / Historical
The Hawaiian Islands mission (originally the
Sandwich Islands Missionwas one of the earliest of the Board's enterprises, beginning in 1819. By 1850 the church in Hawaii was well established, and was reckoned to include a quarter of the islands' population. The Board handed over its business in Hawaii to the native Hawaiian Evangelical Association in 1863. The Micronesian Mission began in 1852 and was worked in cooperation between the Board and the Hawaiian Evangelical Association. Mission stations were established in the Caroline Islands (at Kusaie and Ponape), the Gilberts (at Apaiang) and Marshalls (at Ebon), and were served by ships, usually named
Morning Star, belonging to the Board (on which see also ABC 83.2 in the main finding aid). The Philippines mission began in 1903 after the islands became a U. S. possession. By agreement with other missionary societies the Board was allocated the island of Mindanao.
- ABC 19.1 Hawaiian Islands mission
- ABC 19.2 Hawaiian Islands mission. Treasury department
- ABC 19.3 Hawaiian Islands mission. Miscellaneous
- ABC 19.4 Micronesia mission
- ABC 19.5 Micronesia mission. Woman's board
- ABC 19.6 Micronesia mission. Miscellaneous
- ABC 19.7 Philippine Islands mission
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Wider Church Ministries is a ministry of the United Church of Christ and successor of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM).
This series is part of the ABCFM collection received on deposit from the ABCFM in 1944.
Existence and Location of Copies
- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions Pacific Islands missions records, 1819-1960: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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