Missionary postcards and ephemera


The Yale Divinity Library holds more than 25,000 missionary postcards. These postcards were produced by mission sending agencies and distributed throughout Europe and America with the intent of promoting support for the missions' work and providing information about non-Western peoples and customs. The majority of the postcards relate to African countries but the following countries are also represented: Arabia; Argentina; Australia; Bahama; Barbados; Bolivia; Brazil; Burma; Cambodia/Laos; Canada; Carolina Islands; Ceylon; Chile; China; Colombia; Cook Islands;Ecuador; Egypt; Fiji; Gilbert Islands; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; India; Indonesia; Jamaica; Japan; Korea; Malaysia/Singapore; Mexico; Peru; Philippines; Romania; Russia; Samoa; Venezuela, etc.

Inventory of the collection.

Geographical Index of the collection.

The postcards can be browsed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

More than 6,000 postcards have been digitized and are accessible via the following two websites:

Additional postcards will be digitized as time and funds permit.


Also of note is the Library's extensive collection of missionary "ephemera" including posters, educational materials, stamps, games, artifacts, etc.  See the finding aid for this collection at http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.221.