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Title:'Our foreign field': records of the Salvation Army in Africa
Author:Spencer, Steven
Year:2013
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Issue:122
Pages:35-52
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Ghana
Kenya
Liberia
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Subjects:archives
missions
cataloguing
information technology
Abstract:The article discusses the digitizing and archiving of the records of The Salvation Army (TSA) in Africa that are kept at the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre at William Booth College in south London, England. TSA's origins were in the mid nineteenth century schisms within Methodism. It was founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth as the East London Christian Mission, in 1878 to be rebranded as TSA, which reached its heyday in Britain in the years after the First World War, by which time it had expanded internationally in close association with the British Empire. The first move into Africa was in 1883. The main work was establishing churches, evangelizing, and opening social centres, schools, and hospitals. A process of Africanization began in the 1960s. In 2007, TSA appointed its first professional archivist for cataloguing the Centre's collections. By the end of 2011 all the records from TSA's territories in Africa had been repackaged and catalogued using CALM software. The Heritage Centre holds records from eleven of the twenty-three territories in Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. An on-line archive and library catalogue was expected to be available through the Heritage Centre's website in 2013. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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