The Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity

Kenneth Scott Latourette<br />
D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity<br />
1921-1953

Kenneth Scott Latourette

D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity 1921-1953

The Latourette Initiative is a proactive program to preserve and provide access to the documentation of world Christianity. It provides funding for the microfilming and digitization of published and archival resources documenting the history of Christian missions and the life of the churches in countries where missionaries served.

The Initiative is named for Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968), who was D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School. Latourette was instrumental in changing the focus of the Day Missions Collection at Yale from a resource for training missionaries to a collection documenting the history of Christian missions. The endowment he established to further the work of the Yale Divinity Library provides the funding for the Latourette Initiative.

Projects funded by the Latourette Initiative include:

World Council of Churches

  • World War II-era records of the World Council of Churches (distributed by Brill /IDC Publishers)
  • World Student Christian Federation Archives, held by the World Council of Churches (Brill)
  • Programme to Combat Racism (Brill)
  • Dialogue with People of Living Faiths (Brill)
  • Christian Medical Commission (Brill)
  • Relations with the Roman Catholic Church (Brill)
  • Correspondence of the General Secretaries (Brill)
  • General correspondence (Brill)

Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh

  • Regions Beyond Missionary Union Archives (distributed by Adam Matthew)
  • Sudan United Mission (Adam Matthew)
  • Missionary periodicals & Alexander Duff pamphlet collection (Adam Matthew)
    • Guide (YDSL collection In Process)

Melbourne School of Theology (Australia)

  • Unevangelised Fields Mission (distributed by Pacific Manuscripts Bureau)
  • South Sea Evangelical Mission (PMB)
    • YDSL Film SD2345 , Film SD2346, Film Ms271, Film Ms375, Film Ms482

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Uganda Christian University: Church of the Province of Uganda Archives (Brill)

Gujarat United School of Theology: Gujarat Diocese Archives, Church of North India (Brill)

Documentation of Chinese Christianity

Archives of the Presbyterian Church of Cuba Online

Missionary Archives from Lesotho, 1832-2006

Microfilm produced by Latourette Initiative projects is available for Interlibrary Loan. Contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 3:14pm