The Historical Index of
Religious Missions lists more than 800 sites providing information
for the study of the proselytisms in the past and present. Proselytism
is understood here in a broad perspective, as the movement of faiths,
rituals, beliefs, practice and people... continues
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Historical Index of Religious Missions Indexes of Virtual Resources of Religious Missions:
Center (U.S.A.). Independent manuscripts library dedicated to preserving
African American and ethnic history and culture... Amistad is among the largest
of the nation's repositories specializing in the history of African Americans.
Papers of African Americans and records of organizations and institutions
of the African American community make up about 90 percent of the Center's
holdings. The other 10 percent, significant in number and content, contains
documentation on Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, Asian Americans,
European immigrants, and Appalachian whites. The Center also holds records
related to other Protestant denominations, Roman Catholicism, and Judaism,
as well as many more collections that are entirely secular in origin."
Billy Graham Center Archives
(by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, U.S.A.). Excellent tool for missionary
research through the Internet, a real e-Archive. , The archives contains four
kinds of Protestant nondenominational records: Records of American evangelists
and evangelistic organizations, with information on single people. E-mail:
Lutheran Church in America Archives. "The Archives of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America are the collective memory of the ELCA churchwide
organization, including records of predecessor church bodies, inter-Lutheran
organizations and certain records relating to ELCA synods and their predecessors
as well as leaders and congregations of the church." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Franciscan Archivescan
Archive. A WWW Resource on St. Francis & Franciscanism; provides
information of the Franciscan central Archives and list of interesting texts
on the history of the order.
Jesuit Oregon Province Archives
(U.S.A.). "Serves as the designated despository for key historical materials
that retain both the corporate history of the Oregon Province of the Society
of Jesus, and the personal files and contributions of its individual members...
While JOPA's primary purpose may be to collect and provide materials for research
into the ecclesiastical history of the Northwest, it is also intended to serve
as a cultural resource for those to whom the Jesuits have ministered, specially
the Native Americans." E-mail: JOPA@foley.gonzaga.edu.
State Archives (U.S.A.). Very interesting site providing on-line data
for the history of this American state, among which, of course, church and
missionary documents. There is the possibility to Search "over 35,000
pages on the Maryland State Archives' web site, including government records
and special." E-mail: email@example.com.
of Ontario (Canada). This is the "location of source documents
related to the history of Mennonites in Ontario, including congregations,
institutions such as Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, and individual Mennonite
leaders." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthropological Archives (U.S.A.). "The NAA collects and preserves
historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's
cultures and the history of the discipline. Its collections represent the
four fields of anthropology ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, and
physical anthropology and include manuscripts, fieldnotes, correspondence,
photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian
anthropologists and other preeminent scholars." E-mail: email@example.com.
Missionary Collections in the UK. Interesting project whose culmination
"will be the creation of a web-based guide to missionary collections,
across all sectors in the UK, giving details of location, content and access
arrangements. The guide will be compiled from the returns of a Survey to be
carried out during 2001 to 2002." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Francis Xavier. Commemorating the 450th
Anniversary of Xavier's Arrival in Japan. Contains on-line articles about
this important missionary figure.
Experience (by Briane Turley of Department of History at West Virginia
University, USA). "The American Religious Experience Project encourages the
development and publication of American religion manuscripts and images on
the World Wide Web. The project directors welcome manuscript submissions from
instructors, students, and avocational scholars that inform our understanding
and appreciation of American Religions. We hope that the page will eventually
reflect the American religious landscape's remarkable diversity." E-mail:
Missions. Web project by students at Lomita Magnet School, including
their reports and photos of each of the 21 missions.
The California Missions Site.
"California Mission History and Mission Music for Students, Tourists
and Everyone!"... We have full pictorial histories of the missions. Also,
for the first time on the web, we have music written by the Franciscan Friars
and Native Americans who founded the missions in the late 1600's." E-mail:
- The Education Web Guide. "Web services company whose mission is to
empower teachers, students and parents with the ability to easily find and
utilize teacher approved educational resources, web tools and e-learning services."
It offers a list of interesting links to missions related sites. E-mail:
(York University, Canada). "Devoted to distributing texts, translations,
and commentaries from a wide variety of areas and disciplines in an elegantly
presented form." There are here numerous free access electronic texts,
from Ethiopian chronicles to Chinese Dramas.
Teaching Ideas (by
Mark Warner). "This site is for teachers who teach primary-age children
(i.e. age 5 to 11). Although it has been designed with UK teachers in mind,
ALL ideas can of course be used by teachers around the world. The ideas, activities
and worksheets are organised according to which subject area they relate to."
On-line exhibition on the history of Rome. Contains scans of old maps and
Hudon. (by W. H. Hudon, Professor and Chair
of the Department of History of the Bloomsburg University, PEN-USA). "Historical
Web site, dedicated to the analytical, interdisciplinary study of history."
World History at Whkmla.
This page tries to provide a full account of the main events in world history
throughout the times and the regions, and presents for every particular case
(i.e. "Kingdom of Benin") links to external files and documents.
This firm offers free-of-charge information on the World's Major Religions and
"Provides tools to facilitate this process for churches, missions agencies,
and other ministries. Our resources include: Carefully researched videos,
prayer guides, ethnographic reports, and other materials to enhance missions
awareness and encourage informed prayer for the unreached. Short-term trips
among unreached peoples to bring Christians face-to-face with the needs of
the unreached." E-mail: email@example.com.
Forum (By Liturgical Publications of St. Louis, Inc., U.S.A.).
"This is the beginning of what will be an extensive directory of links to
Catholic Sites around the World Wide Web. There is a wealth of information from
and about the Catholic Church on the Internet, and this is the place to be to
find it." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International (...giving Christian leaders access to mission
information). "Christian inter-denominational missionary research agency.
Our highest priority is serving evangelical mission ministry leaders in the
developing world." E-mail: email@example.com.
Gospel Communications Network. "Gospel Communications Network is an
alliance of Christian organizations edicated to spreading the Gospel over the
Internet's World Wide Web." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
missionary helper. "This site has been designed to help perpetuate
valuable experiences so that current and prospective missionaries can achieve
greater effectiveness without having to re-invent the wheel."
Borders. "This page is intended to give a list of helpful
resources related to missionaries' needs. This list is by no means exhaustive
-- there are many more resources than are listed here."
Homepage (by Derrick Doyle). Its purpose is "to outline the
discipline of Missiology in order to inform teachers of missions, missions
administrators, mission leaders of local churches, and future
missionaries." E-mail: email@example.com.
Orthodox Catholic links
(by David Joyce). "The following links are, as far as I know, fully
Catholic in their content and tone. Schismatic or heretical links will not be
tolerated here." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religion Resources. Very interesting site listing Medieval Resources
(500-1500), Early Modern Resources (1500-1800), Modern Resources (1800-1960),
Contemporary Resources (1960-present), Popular Resources, presentation on the
philosophical Conceptof God, ressources on Philosophy and Biblical Studies,
Journals and Magazines. E-mail: Scott_Moore@baylor.edu.
The Religious Movements
Homepage (by Jeffrey K. Hadden, Professor of Sociology, University of
Virginia, U.S.A.). "The resources on this site are rather considerable.
Students in my courses on the sociology of religion at the University of
Virginia have created Profiles on more than two hundred groups. These Profile
pages provide links to significant web sites on each group, selected because
they offer content that will better help the reader understand specific issues
or traditions. In addition, each Profile page presents a print bibliography for
those who wish to explore a particular group in depth." E-mail:
Information Gateway (SOSIG). "Freely available Internet service
which aims to provide a trusted source of selected, high quality Internet
information for students, academics, researchers and practitioners in the
social sciences, business and law. It is part of the UK Resource Discovery
Network." E-mail: email@example.com.
Heart - For the lent & Easter Season. Catholic site with resources
on various topics: Special lent & easter section; explanation of the mass;
feasts; mary & the holy rosary; novenas, litanies & devotions; prayers
& blessings; saints; secret tortures of jesus; sacraments and sacramentals;
ten commandments & beatitudes; music gallery; picture gallery; the roman
curia & the popes. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Index (by Mahlon H. Smith). "Site designed to advance research in
matters of religion. As a global forum that may be accessed instantaneously
anywhere, the internet promises to surpass the impact of the printing press on
the study of religion. Gutenberg made possible the family Bible. The WWW puts a
global library of free information on the desk of anyone with a computer &
telephone line." E-mail: email@example.com.
de la Universitat de Barcelona. The library holds a very important
collection of old books (see "CatÓleg de fons antic"), mainly religious,
from various convents and monasteries -mainly in Catalonia- that were suppressed
in the 19th and 20th cens.
The Center for
Research Libraries. "International not-for-profit consortium
of colleges, universities and libraries that makes available scholarly research
resources to users everywhere. CRL is governed by the major research libraries
of North America and is funded by fees, grants and contributions. Open to
scholars and researchers, its outstanding collections include more than five
million volumes of research materials rarely held in North American libraries."
Gabriel (GAteway and
BRIdge to Europe's national Libraries). World Wide Web server for Europe's
National Libraries represented in the Conference of European National Librarians
(CENL). Maintained by Gerard Van Trier (Koninklijke Bibliotheek). E-mail:
(the public's library and digital archive, a joint project of The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC and the center for the public
domain). "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet,
ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software,
music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
Internet Christian Library
(originally by The Institute for Christian Leadership). The site has several
guides: Christian Missions, Christian Resources, Christian Literature and
Early Church Documents on the Internet. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The James Ford Bell
Library (University of Minnesota, U.S.A.). "A collection of 20,000
rare books, 2,500 aps, and 2,500 manuscripts from the period 1400-1800, documenting
the expansion of Europe. This scope encompasses the commercial, political,
religious, and social relationships that developed between Europeans and other
people throughout the world in this early period." E-mail: email@example.com.
index of library catalogues, web sites and Friends of Libraries pages, LibDex
is a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of
the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links. The directory does
not include links to terminal-based OPACs. Peter Scott is the editor and compiler
of Libdex." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library (Atlanta-GA, U.S.A.). Important site for missionary history:
"unique archives and manuscript collections relating to Methodism in
the South, the history of Christianity in South Africa, British religious
history, and hymnody. The Library is the repository for the records of the
Candler School of Theology, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist
Church, the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, the Association
for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Glenmary Research Center, the American
Association of Pastoral Counselors, and several academic societies in the
field of religion." E-mail: email@example.com.
Unione Romana Biblioteche Ecclesiastiche (URBE).
An excellent tool for bibliographical research containing data of above 3,531,000
books and 24256 journals from, among others, the following Roman institutions:
Pont. Univ. S. Tommaso d'Aquino; Ateneo Regina Apostolorum; Pont. Univ. della
Santa Croce; Istituto Teologico Don Orione; Pont. Univ. Gregoriana; Pont.
Istituto Biblico; Pont. Univ. Urbaniana; Pont. Univ. Salesiana. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(University of California, Irvince-CA, U.S.A.). Provides a long intersting
list of resources: Full-text online journals; Full-text online books &
other texts, etc. E-mail: email@example.com.
(Continues from the top of the page) Although a large amount of the information
concerns only Christian missions, I intend to provide information regarding
other confessions, such as Buddhism, Islam or Judaism, and also proselytisms
from the secular world: IGO's, NGO's, etc. The Index could also be used as
a source of data in itself, a research tool on the ways traditional and new
confessions try to communicate through the Internet.
The Historical Index of Religious Missions
is made of different pages which are always under construction. You will find
Virtual Resources produced all over the world world dealing with the past
and present of the Religious Missions. The documents and materials found on
this site should not be taken to reflect the view of the editor.
The URL of this page is [http://vlib.iue.it/hist-religious-missions/Index.html].
The Religious Missions Index is a joint project
between the European University
Institute's Library and theHistory & Civilisation Department
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