(Formerly the Foreign Mission Board)
||P.O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230
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|Archives & Records
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collections. The charge for photocopying is based on volume
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- Reference Policy:
- Reasonable telephone and mail inquiries are accepted.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- The Archives and the Image Library are not lending institutions.
The Library will loan to other institutions via interlibrary
but not to the general public.
- The Archives and the Image Library are not members of any networks
or consortia. The Library participates in OCLC and SOLINET,
the great majority of its holdings listed in OCLC.
- Background Note:
- The Archives was founded in May 1845. Records go back to this
date. The Jenkins Research Library was founded in 1960. The
Library was founded in the 1940s.
- Books and monographs:
- About half of the Jenkins Library's 20,000 monograph titles
deal exclusively with religious topics; the rest provides technical
support for the International Mission Board's current range of
activities. The collection, dating from the mid-1800s to the
is rich in material about and for the support of international
missions, including ethnolinguistic and anthropological studies
and groups, social and cultural studies, mission histories (particularly
Baptist), and strategies for the creation and growth of new
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- The Library currently subscribes to about 600 titles, with
holdings running generally from 1990 to the present. A few titles
are kept for longer periods. Subject emphases include missions,
current events, and ethnolinguistic groups. The Library
attempts to collect all state Baptist newspapers. There are
journals from other denominations and general interest periodicals.
On microfilm, the Archives maintains a complete run of the
Home and Foreign Journal, Southern Baptist
The Commission, and the Foreign Mission
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The Archives has more than 2,000 linear feet of materials
with inclusive dates from 1845 to the present. Subject highlights
materials on the Southern Baptist Convention, international missions,
missionary correspondence, and records from the International
Mission Board, with a geographic global emphasis.
In-house finding aids are available for these collections.
- The Archives has about 700 reels of microfilm and approximately
10,000 microfiche. Subject highlights include materials on the
Southern Baptist Convention, international missions, missionary
correspondence, and records from the International Mission Board,
with a geographic global emphasis.
- The Archives has some maps with inclusive dates from 1825
to the present.Highlights include a pre-war (1930)
map of China and a map of Africa drawn in 1825.
The Jenkins Library map collection has about 1,200 maps from
the last 15 years, including some mission maps. There are alphabetical
and topical files.
- Videos and Sound Recordings:
- The Library has a collection of videos on various ethnolinguistic
groups. These videos are not available for interlibrary loan.
- Vertical files:
- The Jenkins Library has 40 drawers of material from the last
10 years, including country files, mission newsletters, and
files on Baptist agencies, missions, prominent personalities
(e.g. Lottie Moon), and other evangelical organizations interested
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- The Archives has 25 paintings. Most are oil on canvas; some
are watercolors. These are primarily portraits of missionaries
and Presidents of the International Mission Board.
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
- The Archives has a fully searchable database of the International
Mission Board that contains minutes from 1845 to 1979 and Annual
Reports from 1846 to 1953, African American Heritage and Lottie
Moon Correspondence. This is available on the Archives'
web page at http://archives.imb.org/. The
Jenkins Library has a number of CD-ROMs: Operation World,
Anthropological Literature, Southern Baptist
and The Ethnologue.
The Image Library has about 2000 photographs related to mission
work in China from the 1920s to the 1940s. There are a limited
number of 19th century photographs of China.
Church growth; International Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention);
Missions and missionaries; Missions and missionaries--China; Southern
Crouch, Archie R., et al. Christianity in China: A Scholars
Guide to Resources in the Libraries and Archives of the United States.
Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1989. Pp. 388-391.