Detail of postcard in the Yale Divinity Library’s Missionary Postcard Collection

From the papers of William and Charlotte Wiser

The Yale Divinity Library is world-renowned for its Day Missions Collection, documenting the missionary movement and world Christianity. This image comes from the papers of William and Charlotte Wiser, who were missionaries in India from 1915 to 1960.

China Poster

 This fragment of a poster is from the China Records Project of the Yale Divinity Library.

Africa Postcard

Detail of postcard in the Yale Divinity Library’s Missionary Postcard Collection.

Map of Jamaica

This map of Jamaica from an 1871 missions atlas is among the many items made available online through the Divinity Library’s Special Collections digitization projects.


Strengths of the library's special collections include documentation of the Protestant missionary endeavor, documentation of religious work among college and university students, records related to American clergy and evangelists, and unofficial records related to the life of the Divinity School.

In Focus

Netwon Theological Institution, Newton Centre, Mass.

Founded in 1807, Andover Newton Theological School was the result of the merger of Andover Theological Seminary and Newton Theological Institution. This exhibit, on display until April 30, 2018, highlights the history of the school and spotlights items from the Andover Newton collection including: archival documents on the founding, publications of student organizations, original handwritten correspondence, promotional films and examples of material culture on student life.

Four Owyhean Youths

The Divinity Library is delighted to announce the arrival of many of the special collections and archival materials of Andover Newton Theological School. The collection is in the process of being transferred to the Yale University Library system and will be made available for researchers during the Fall 2017 semester. The collection includes institutional records and the personal papers of over sixty individuals and families.