African Postcard Collection

The Pitts Theology Library African Postcard Collection (MSS 353) depicts missionary activity in Africa mostly during the 1930s. The images largely capture the people and cathedrals of former French and Belgian African colonies. Of particular archival significance, on the back of several of the postcards are handwritten inscriptions, which add a level of personal context to the printed text. The handwritten inscriptions and the printed text are most usually French, Dutch, or Afrikaans. A portion of the collection has been digitized and are located on the Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive.

A small sample of the material contained in the African Postcard Collection:

Un catechiste et sa famille
A catechist and his family

Eglise de Stanleyville
Church of Stanleyville

Autel fabrique a la menuiserie de Kisantu
Altar carpentry factory of Kisantu

Voorloopige kerk te Muyaga
Provisional church of Muyaga [Urundi]

The African Postcard Collection is a component of the Pitts Theology Library Sub-Saharan African Collections. For a complete archival record of the African Postcard Collection, please consult the online finding aid.

The original material is held within the Archives and Manuscripts Department.  Please contact our Reference Assistant at 404-727-1222 to schedule an appointment for viewing.