South Asia Resources at Yale Divinity Library

The Day Missions Library was established in 1891 by Yale professor George Edward Day and his wife, Olivia Hotchkiss Day. The collection has continued to grow over the years, with support from the Day endowment and, since 1981, with income from a fund established by Kenneth Scott Latourette, a professor of missions. The Day Missions Collection today makes up approximately one third of the Divinity Library's 500,000 volumes, and constitutes the bulk of its manuscript and archival collection. Its scope has enlarged from a fairly narrow focus on missionary history to become a world-renowned collection documenting the thought, history, and practice of world Christianity. The Divinity Library's core collection documenting missions history and world Christianity is housed in the Day Missions Reading Room.
In addition to the manuscript and archival materials delineated below, the Divinity Library holds published works, periodicals, annual reports, and pamphlets that provide comprehensive documentation of the growth of Christianity throughout the world.
The following is a selection of manuscripts and archival collections held at the Yale Divinity Library.

India, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka

Personal papers:
  • Allison, Walter and Grace
  • Alter, James P. (Record Group No. 84) was an American Presbyterian missionary in India from 1945 to 1968 who served as Director of the Christian Retreat and Study Centre in Rajpur.
  • Chamberlain, Jacob (Record Group No. 30) was a Reformed Church in America missionary with the Arcot Mission in India from 1860 to ca.1898.
  • Corey, Clara W. L. (Record Group No. 30) was a Canadian Baptist missionary to a Telegu area of India from 1894 to 1924. 
  • Dudley, Raymond A. (Record Group No. 30) was an American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionary in Madura, India from 1919 to 1943.
  • Eddy, George Sherwood (Record Group No. 32) worked in India under the auspices of the International Committee of the Y.M.C.A. and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions from 1896 to 1911. 
  • Forman Family (Record Group No. 110) Charles William Forman was an American Presbyterian missionary in North India from 1847 to 1894. His son, Henry Forman, served as a missionary in North India from the 1880s to 1924.
  • Harding, Mary
  • Heinrichs, W. H.
  • Little, Charles
  • Marsh, William Dwight
  • Morris, Thomas (Record Group No. 30) was a British Church Missionary Society missionary in Calcutta, India 1820-1829.
  • Picken, Lillian (Record Group No. 159) was an American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionary in Satara, India from 1914 to 1957.
  • Penfield, Thornton
  • Rogers, Miriam (Record Group No. 30) was an American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionary serving the Marathi Mission in India from1937 to the 1970s.
  • Sanders Family (Record Group No. 122) Marshall Danforth and Georgianna Knight Sanders were American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions  in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) beginning ca. 1843.
  • Smith, John Curtis and Mary Snell (Record Group No. 207) were American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionaries in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the 1850s to 1870s.
  • Wilder, R. P.
  • Wiser, William and Charlotte (Record Group No. 128) were American Presbyterian missionaries in India from1915 to 1970, serving on the faculty of Allahabad Agricultural Institute and North India Theological College and instrumental in the formation of India Village Service.
In addition to these collections in original format, the Divinity Library also holds microfilm versions of personal papers held in other archives, such as the papers of:
  • Mary Baer, Lutheran medical missionary in Guntur and Chirala, India from 1895 to 1933
  • William Carey, British Baptist missionary to India 1793-1825
  • Anna Kugler, Lutheran medical missionary in Guntur, Andrah Pradesh, India
  • John and Elizabeth Strock, Lutheran missionaries to Guntur, Andrah Pradesh, India from 1908-1942, 1946-1949
  • James Thoburn, American Methodist missionary in India from 1859 to 1908
Archives of organizations:
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Microfilm: Film Ms32): Mission agency active in India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 1812-1919.
  • Asian Women's Institute (Record Group No. 106): Support agency for women's higher education in Asia established in 1975.
  • Associate Board of the Women's Christian College (Madras, India) (Record Group No. 187) Affiliated with the University of Madras, the Madras Women’s Christian College was among the first institutions for higher education for women in South India.
  • Baptist Missionary Society (Microfilm: Film Ms56): British mission agency working in India (1792-1914).
  • Church Missionary Society / Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (Microfilm: Film Ms109): British mission agency that sought to evangelize the women of India by means of normal schools (teacher training colleges), zenana visiting, medical missions, Hindu and Muslim female schools and the employment of Bible women.
  • Church of Scotland Missionary Archive (Microfilm: Film Ms370): Scottish mission agency working in India from early 1800s.
  • International Missionary Council/ CBMS
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Microfilm: Film Ms11): American agency active in India 1835–1910
  • Presbyterian Church of England
  • Regions Beyond Missionary Union (Microfilm: Film Ms312): British agency that was active in India and Nepal.
  • Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Microfilm: Film Ms90-92): Church of England agency for mission work in British colonies
  • United Christian Literature Society
  • United Lutheran Church in America, Board of Foreign Missions
  • United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

Nepal & Bhutan

Personal papers:
  • Coventry, Gwen
Archives of organizations:
  • International Nepal Fellowship, Worldwide (Record Group No. 214): INF is a Christian mission involved in health and development work with Nepal’s government, non-government organizations and local communities.
  • Nepal Church History Project (Record Group No. 216): Collection of documentation regarding  Christianity in Nepal.  Photographs available at here.
  • United Mission to Nepal (Record Group No. 212): UMN is a co-operative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organizations from 18 countries. 
  • Central Asia Fellowship (Record Group No. 213): CAF was established in 1989 by Christian mission organizations, churches, and individuals coming together to form a network and a resource organization in order to reach Tibetan Buddhist peoples in Bhutan, China, the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russian republics), India, Mongolia, and Nepal
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:34pm