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Title:A guide to Africanist research in the archive of the American Baptist Historical Society
Author:Covington-Ward, YolandaISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
United States
Baptist Church
Abstract:Although not dedicated exclusively to Africanist materials, the archive of the American Baptist Historical Society, located in the United States in Atlanta, Georgia, does contain an array of resources relevant to Africanist research. The archive contains many records 'by, about, for, and against Baptists', including manuscript collections of various Baptist pastors and theologians, original church records of numerous varieties of Baptists, books, pamphlets, photos, and an assortment of artefacts that are primarily from the private collections of retired or deceased missionaries. The materials most relevant to Africanists are largely in the records of the American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society, more commonly known as the Board of International Ministries, originally founded in 1814 as the General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States for Foreign Missions, or the Triennial Convention. The Society's primary mission fields in Africa were southern Liberia during the nineteenth century, then western Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and more recently, South Africa. The author describes the types of archival documents of interest to Africanists and the benefits and challenges of using missionary sources when conducting research. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]