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Latourette Initiative

David M. Stowe Fund

Occasional Publications


Archival training resources

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

Kenneth Scott Latourette

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 AM, formerly Adam Matthew)

  • YDSL Film Ms312
  • Parts 1-4 (reels 1-46) have been digitized and are now part of Missionary Studies (AM) [Part 5: Correspondence and Reports of Regions Beyond Missionary Union: All Regions, c1955-1990 has not been digitized]

Sudan United Mission (AM)

Missionary periodicals & Alexander Duff pamphlet collection (AM)

Melbourne School of Theology (Australia)

Unevangelised Fields Mission (distributed by Pacific Manuscripts Bureau)

South Sea Evangelical Mission (PMB)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

ELCA mission archives

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

Finding aids and link to digital files [Digital files available only on Yale campus]

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

Monograph collection [Digital files available only on Yale campus]

Archival collection [Digital files available only on Yale campus]

Documentation of Chinese Christianity

China Free Methodist Church

Chinese Baptist Convention

Chinese Christian Literature Council

Christian Weekly

Denominational periodicals from Hong Kong

Holy Light Theological Seminary

Hong Kong Christian Council

Reichelt Collection

Studium Biblicum OFM

Taiwan Lutheran Church

Archives of the Presbyterian Church of Cuba Online

Available through BrillOnline Primary Sources

Missionary Archives from Lesotho, 1832-2006

Available through BrillOnline Primary Sources

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