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
at the bottom of the page
Historical Index of Religious Missions Indexes of Virtual Resources of Religious Missions:
Memory (National Digital Library, Library
of Congress). "A gateway to rich primary source materials relating to
the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7
million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
Barren Lands (University of Toronto Library, Canada). "...Drawing
on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and related collections
at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, it includes
over 5,000 images from original field notebooks, correspondence, photographs,
maps and published reports."
Literature and Religion (by William S. Peterson,
Professor of English, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.). Excellent
site: "The main feature of this Web site is a large bibliographical database
about religious aspects and backgrounds of English literature, from the Middle
Ages to the present century, with primary (though not exclusive) emphasis
upon writers within the Anglican tradition." E-mail: email@example.com.
Britannica.com. Electronic site of the
famous Encyclopaedia Britannica.
(Central Array of Relayed Transaction for the Advance of General Education;
Opus Libani, Lebanon). "A network of operation that include a network
and an information technology system in order to provide support to the education
community in Lebanon and the Middle East. CARTAGE enables participating schools
and individuals to share various data and resources through a central facility.
The Ecole Intitiative,
Creating a Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History on the WWW (by Karen
Rae Keck and Norman Hugh Redington, St. Pachomius Library-General editors).
"The Early Church On-Line Encyclopedia (Ecole) Initiative is a cooperative
effort on the part of scholars across the internet to establish a hypertext
encyclopedia of early Church history (to the Reformation) on the World-Wide
Web. In principle, authors of the various articles that make up the encyclopedia
maintain their own articles at their own locations."
Encyclopedia.com (by Electric Library).
Really interesting encyclopedia: "the Internet's premiere free encyclopedia!
Newly updated and expanded with more than 50,000 articles plus links giving
you access to millions of articles and pictures in Electric Library, Encyclopedia.com
puts tons of information right at your fingertips."
Cultural Maps. "Dedicated
to the graphical presentation of non-graphical information -- whatever that
turns out to mean. At present, it has something to do with maps in the ordinary
and normal sense of the term; the immediate goal is to build a digital American
Historical Atlas... Eventually, this space will come to include graphs, charts,
and images, in fact anything that serves as a concrete and physical representation
of abstract ideas and intangible feelings." There are some interesting
articles about cosmography and mapmaking. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Rumsey Historical
Map Collection. Excellent collection of electronic historical maps:
"The David Rumsey Collection focuses on 18th and 19th century North and
South American cartographic materials. The collection includes atlases, globes,
school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps including
pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps." E-mail: email@example.com.
(by the University of Illinois Library). "The 84 records contained here
show North America, the Northwest Territory, the state of Illinois, and counties
and townships within the state, as well as historical maps of North America.
These range in time from 1650 to 1994."
Art & Architecture
(by Michael Greenhalgh, The Sir William Dobell Foundation Professor of Art
History, The Australian National University). Contains "some 185,000
images - about 95 gigabytes of material", mainly from the Mediterranean
Basin. E-mail: Michael.Greenhalgh@anu.edu.au.
Cities (the Historic Cities Center of the Department
of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and
University Library, Israel). "This site contains maps, literature, documents,
books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future
of historic cities and facilitates the location of similar content on the
"This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and,
in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions)
of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.
Also included are the subdivisions of various countries (the links are at
the bottom of the respective country entries), as well as a selection of international
organizations." E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAG Net (Three
Angels Global Networking Statistics). Offers statistics related to Christian
and Adventists sites.
Statesmen. This site is a collected database of the leaders of nations,
colonies, international and religious organizations, and other polities since
about the year 1700. Including flags, political parties, links to maps, constitutions,
and national anthems.
of Abraham Project. Hosted at the Brigham Young University. Web project
aimed at providing texts of early Christianity as well as of latecomers such
as the Mormons, of whom it has an interesting collection : "Journals,
Diaries, Biographies and Autobiographies of Some Early Mormons and Others
Who Knew Joseph Smith, Jr. and/or His Contemporaries." E-mail: email@example.com.
"One one of our goals is to produce multimedia publications which help
motivate Christians to fulfill their God-ordained responsibilities in world
evangelism. These publications are designed to encourage Christians in three
vital areas: Praying, Giving, Going!". They have an excellent A/Z Index
of mission sites. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Bibliothèque Nationale de France)." Excellent site offering on-line
an extensive list of full-text documents, among them of missionaries and explorers.
(hosted at Your University, UK). Devoted to distributing texts, translations,
and commentaries from a wide variety of areas and disciplines in an elegantly
"This web presentation contains Links to many of the Electronic Texts
that are stored on the Internet, particularly those texts and sites that deal
with the following subjects: Religion, Psychology, Alchemy, Philosophy, Mysticism,
Languages, the Arts, and the Sciences." E-mail: Dennis@DHouchin.Com.
Materials on igo's
and law (Michigan State University Libraries, U.S.A.). Excellent list
of materials. It is presented as a "brief guide to the some of the more
useful research tools related to the international governmental organization
(IGO) materials collected at MSU." E-mail: email@example.com.
RCNet - A Catholic
Network. "Our mission is twofold: to offer safer Internet access to individuals,
families, and organizations, and to assist Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools
and organizations in establishing their presence on the Web, thus helping
to strengthen the Catholic Community on the Internet." Contains a long
list of Documents of
the Roman Catholic Church. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
to assist professors, scholars and general "seekers" who are interested
in exploring religious issues. Contains more than 2,100 articles and chapters.
Topics include Old and New Testament, Theology, Ethics, History and Sociology
of Religions, Comparative Religion, Religious Communication, Pastoral Care,
Counseling, Homiletics, Worship, Missions and Religious Education." E-mail:
and Sacred Texts (by Davidwiley.com.). "Can two religious systems
whose teacings are in direct conflict both be correct? The truth is out there.
These religious texts are presented for your exploration, in the hope that
you will find it." E-mail: email@example.com.
Herald of Mission. "A shared resources of mission theology for
missiological studies in Christian theology and modern culture, highlighting
the themes of preaching and mission in our modern culture."
Juana Ines de la Cruz Project. The Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Project consists of an electronic edition of her complete works based on the
text of Adolfo Méndez Plancarte and Alberto G. Salceda. Sponsored by
the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New
(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
The Religious Missions Index became part
of the WWW-VL History Network in May 2001.
About the WWW-VL and the WWW-VL History Network
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This page is updated every two/three months. Last updated: 1st of May 2003.