The Day Missions Reading Room at the Divinity Library

Trowbridge Reference Room

Divinity School students in the Trowbridge Reference Room.

Camels at rest

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

View of the Trowbridge Reading Room after the 2017 renovation.

View of the Fukien Christian University campus from the Min River.

View of the Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue) campus from the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China).

China missionary

The Yale Divinity Library is world-renowned for its Day Missions Collection, documenting the missionary movement and world Christianity.  This photo of a missionary riding along a rice paddy comes from the papers of Rolland and Lottie Welch, who served in Hunan, China from 1917 to 1923.

Chinese Street View

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Floatplane on the Min River facing the Fukien Christian University

Floatplane on the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China). The photograph was taken by a  student as part of final exams at Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue).

Chinese Port View

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

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In Focus

Alumni of Andover Newton Theological School are now eligible to request free online access to the ATLAS® PLUS for ALUM database through the Yale Divinity Library.  This new ATLA product provides access to full text articles in more than 450 journals in theology and religion. Access to the collection is available through a password-protected site: ATLASerials. To obtain the password, please send an email to divinity.library@yale.edu and include your name and year of graduation. When the request is received, an account name and password will be sent back via e-mail.

James F. Clarke (1832-1916) and Isabella G. (Davis) Clark, ABCFM missionaries stationed at Samokov (Bulgaria), 1871-1916

In 2017 the Yale Divinity Library acquired a collection of about one hundred daguerreotypes from the Andover Newton Theological School, with digital surrogates. Originally created by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, they portray ABCFM missionaries stationed in various locations in Africa, the Near East, and South Asia. The daguerreotypes are now part of the Yale University Library Digital Collections, where they form one of the Divinity Library Photographic collections.