The Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity
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
Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Melbourne School of Theology (Australia)
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.