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Guide to The Records of the American and Foreign Christian Union 1851-1884
 MC 20

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Collection processed by Susan Meier.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 17, 2013
Description is in English.

Scope and Contents

The records of the American and Foreign Christian Union, 1851-1884, consist of correspondence, missionary reports, financial reports, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. They primarily represent the central office of Corresponding Secretary and Assistant Treasurer and reflect both the domestic and foreign enterprises of the Union from 1862-1884. Within these dates, the office was held by: A. E. Campbell (1858-1867), Joseph Scudder (1865-1870), J. Glentworth Butler (1868-1871), Samuel W. Crittenden (1871-1873), Henry M. Baird (1873-1884), and George B. Safford (1884). The records most completely reflect the Union's domestic missions in Cincinnati and Louisville; the foreign missions in Italy, Mexico, and Chile, as well as the many and varied evangelical efforts in France; the assumption of the Union's foreign missions by denominational agencies in 1873; the reorganization of the Union in 1884; and the relationship of the AFCU with individual denominations and with other contemporary interdenominational benevolent societies.

The papers were bound without order and have been arranged into six series: I. Preamble, Constitution, and By-Laws, II. General Correspondence and Missionary Reports, III. Financial Records, IV. The Christian World, V. Commission for the American Fund for the Evangelization of France, and VI. The Reorganization of 1884.

Series Description

Series I: Preamble, Constitution, and By-Laws, 1851, 1882, 1884 (Box 1)

Series II: General Correspondence and Missionary Reports, 1862-1884 (Boxes 1-12)

Series III: Financial Records, 1857-1884 (Boxes 13-14)

Series IV: The Christian Wor1d, 1877-1884 (Boxes 15-17)

Series V: Commission for the American Fund for the Evangelization of France, 1880-1881 (Box 18)

Series VI: Reorganization of 1884, April 1884-November 1884 (Box 18)


Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.