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Spreading the Word, 1808-1967

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Introduction

The correspondence and papers of these missionary societies cover work within North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. Most collections focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. The North American content covers both the United States and Canada. Records on Asia cover India and Sri Lanka, The Committee for Women's Work were also active in Asia. These collections feature a large amount of correspondence to and from missionaries working in these countries. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist periodicals reveal how the missionary work was reported to loyal subscribers who funded the missionaries.

Dates Covered

1635-1967

Contributors

  • Bodleian Library
  • Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History
  • Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University
  • South American Missionary Society

Collections

Licensed to access America in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1635-1928

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 6 Volumes, 76 Documents (33,900 Pages)
The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates around the world. During the...
A photograph of Sydney Opera House illuminated in lights for 'Vivid Sydney' a light festival with abstract designs, vivid colours and aboriginal artwork.

Licensed to access Australia in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1808-1967

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 5 Volumes, 83 Documents (19,545 Pages)
This collection contains records compiled by the United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG), a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates...

Licensed to access 'Bray Schools' in Canada, America and the Bahamas, 1645-1900

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 7 Volumes, 127 Documents (24,025 Pages)
The Associates of Dr. Bray was a group comprised of English clergymen and philanthropists who created and funded schools for...

Licensed to access Canada in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1722-1952

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 10 Volumes, 91 Documents (57,004 Pages)
The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates around the world. During the...

Licensed to access Colonial Missionaries' Papers from America and the West Indies, 1701-1870

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 4 Volumes, 195 Documents (40,069 Pages)
The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates around the world. During the...

Licensed to access Colonial Women Missionaries of the Committee for Women's Work, 1861-1967

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 4 Volumes, 334 Documents (180,007 Pages)
The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates globally. From the eighteenth to...
Person holding a holy bible and cross in their hands and praying as the sun rises.

Licensed to access Ghana in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1886-1951

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 6 Volumes, 77 Documents (9,566 Pages)
Ghana in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1886–1951 was curated in association with the Bodleian Library. This collection contains records compiled by...
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Goa, pictured with palm trees.

Licensed to access Indian and Sri Lankan Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1770-1931

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 8 Volumes, 197 Documents (84,424 Pages)
Indian and Sri Lankan Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1770–1931 was curated in association with the Bodleian Library.This collection contains records compiled...
An illustration of two houses nestled within the mountains. Two sets of people walk along with path over the hill.

Licensed to access Indigenous Cultures and Christian Conversion in Ghana and Sierra Leone, 1700-1850

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 2 Volumes, 32 Documents (4,163 Pages)
Indigenous Cultures and Christian Conversion in Ghana and Sierra Leone, 1700–1850 was curated in association with the Bodleian Library. This collection...
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Licensed to access Methodist Publications, 1855-1919

Contributor: Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University Contents: 3 Volumes, 21 Documents (24,449 Pages)
John Wesley (1703-1791) was an English cleric who lead a revival movement within the Church of England known as Methodism...
Statue of John Wesley.

Licensed to access The Methodist Recorder, 1861-1919

Contributor: Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University Contents: 5 Volumes, 39 Documents (42,079 Pages)
This collection contains copies of the Methodist Recorder published during the period 1861-1919. Founded in 1861 with the mission 'to...
An image of a Māori statue, created by Māori people, who are the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand. Behind the statue is a mountain range.

Licensed to access New Zealand & Polynesian Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1838-1958

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 5 Volumes, 45 Documents (8,524 Pages)
New Zealand & Polynesian Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1838–1958 was curated in association with the Bodleian Library.This collection contains records...

Licensed to access South Africa in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1819-1900

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 5 Volumes, 341 Documents (37,903 Pages)
South Africa in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1819-1900 was curated in association with the Bodleian Library. This collection contains records...

Licensed to access South American Missionaries' Records, 1844-1919

Contributor: South American Missionary Society Contents: 3 Volumes, 71 Documents (20,426 Pages)
The South American Mission Society (SAMS) was founded as the Patagonian Mission in 1844. The name of the society changed...

Licensed to access Tanzania and Malawi in Records from Colonial Missionaries, 1857-1965

Contributor: Bodleian Library Contents: 5 Volumes, 121 Documents (54,550 Pages)
The Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) was an Anglican missionary society established in the late 1850s. In 1965 the...

Licensed to access Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist Periodicals, 1744-1960

Contributor: Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History Contents: 9 Volumes, 302 Documents (224,737 Pages)
Although Methodism has come to be associated most closely with the Protestant Christian denomination founded by John Wesley (1703-1791), the...
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