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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3173

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions records

Records pertaining to Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. foreign missions in China, India, and other countries.


  • circa 1833-1911

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
This collection may contain fragile materials that require special care in handling. Please request assistance as needed with fasteners or brittle pages.


25.22 linear feet (69 boxes)

This collection documents the activities of missions and missionaries sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.'s Board of Foreign Missions to locations in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Collection is comprised of volumes with correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, accounts, financial statements, clippings, and printed materials. Most volumes are unbound.

The collection spans the 19th and 20th centuries, with the bulk of the material dating to the late 19th century.

Records pertain to areas in China, India, Africa, Iran, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, and Laos

Biographical / Historical

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. was formed in 1789 and started foreign missionary work circa 1833. Between 1826 and 1837, Presbyterian foreign missions were conducted under the umbrella of the Congregational Church's American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). The Board of Foreign Missions for the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. was established in 1837.


Arranged into the following series: I. India; II. Laos; III. China; IV. Korea; V. Philippines; VI. Siam; VII. Iran; VIII. Africa; and IX. Indices.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

0M-32. Gift of Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., date unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Nary, 2018
This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.
Link to catalog
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions records, circa 1833-1911 (MS Am 3173): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
June 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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