Pitts Theology Library
Archives and Manuscripts Department

African Missionary Postcard Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title:African Missionary Postcard Collection, undated
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 353
Extent:1.4 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of eight boxes, 3,000 individual postcards depicting early twentieth century Christian missionary activities in Africa.
Language:Materials in English, French, Dutch and Afrikaans.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on AccessUnrestricted access.
Terms Governing Use and ReproductionAll requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
CitationAfrican Missionary Postcard Collection, Archives and Manuscript Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
ProcessingProcessed by Brandon Wason, May 2015, February 2016.

Historical Note

This large collection of postcards contains images of Christian missionary activity in various parts of Africa. Though some of the postcards have been stamped and mailed, the vast majority are unused. People researching ethnography, missiology, or the history of Christian evangelism and mission in Africa may find this collection particularly useful. Pitts Theology Library acquired this collection in three parts (2007, 2015, 2016).

Scope and Content

This collection contains three thousands postcards dating from the early to mid twentieth century (the bulk being from the 1930s). The images and photographs on the cards include villages, schools, churches, missions, and people. The collection acquired in 2007 has been scanned and made available on the Pitts Theology Library's Digital Image Archive (under call number MSS 353). The contents below does not yet include the postcards acquired in 2015 and 2016.

Contents from the 2007 Collection

Last Updated: February 26, 2016 (bcw)