Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Mission History and Mission Archives

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Mission History and Mission Archives

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Mission History and Mission Archives

Edited by Huub Lems. Utrecht: Stichting de Zending der Protestantse Kerk in Nederland, 2011. Pp. 304. 15 [euro].

This book grew out of a seminar held in April 2010 to mark the transfer of the archives of the Board of Missions of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and its predecessor bodies and other mission societies from the Mission House in Oegstgeest to the Utrecht Archive, which is the official repository for church archives in the Netherlands. Participants in the seminar included missiologists, historians, and archivists from the Netherlands and partner churches. Most of the contributors were Protestants, with one Roman Catholic and one Muslim. Section I of the book includes papers about archives in South Africa, Ghana, and Egypt. Part 2 is devoted to Indonesia, and part 3 to Europe. An appendix includes introductions to the various archival collections that were added to the Utrecht Archive, now available to the public. The articles are all in English. Some of contributions discuss the use and limitations of archival materials. Others identify archival collections that are available for specific countries and churches. …

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