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Augustana Foreign Missionary Society papers
1886-1961 (bulk 1886-1935)

MSS 247
3.1 linear feet (5 boxes)



Name of Creator(s):

Augustana Foreign Missionary Society

Languages:

English, Swedish, German

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod of North America.
Missionaries.

Finding aid prepared by:

Rebecca Hopman, 2010. Updated by Helen Reinold, 2011.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Custodial History
Administrative History/Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List



CUSTODIAL HISTORY

The exact provenance of the materials in this collection is unknown, although Society records were probably donated by former officers; items such as programs, photographs, and news clippings were likely donated by individual members.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

The Augustana Foreign Missionary Society was founded by students at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1886. Members of the Augustana Synod had been searching for a way to involve the church in missionary work, and the founding students enthusiastically took on the task. In 1895, the Society was given a state charter of incorporation. While the group began as a campus club, it expanded to the whole Synod in 1891. The Society was then authorized as the Augustana Synod’s official agency for carrying out foreign missionary work in 1897.

The Society altered its name several times throughout its history, but was known as the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society for most of its existence. Although it was a Synod group for many decades, it continued to receive strong support from Augustana College students. They held classes on campus and published literature for the public, including annual reports of progress and The Missionary Calendar. The Augustana Foreign Missionary Society was able to accomplish missionary work in many countries, including China, India, the Sudan, and Tanganyika (now known as Tanzania). The Society officially disbanded in 1961 when the Augustana Synod merged with other Lutheran synods to become the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Augustana Foreign Missionary Society papers include a state charter of incorporation, minutes, treasurer's records, membership records, annual reports, speeches, correspondence, photographs, news clippings, and programs, 1886-1961.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I. State Charter of Incorporation, 1895

This series contains a typewritten copy of the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society’s charter of incorporation in Illinois, as well as handwritten notes about the content of the charter.

Series II. Minutes, 1886-1928

This series includes the meeting minutes from the society for roughly the first half of its existence.

Series III. Treasurer’s Records, 1891-1944

This series contains records about the financial aspect of the society, including ledgers, receipts, property loans, and other fiscal documents.

Series IV. Membership Records, 1887-1935

This series is composed of membership lists for the first few decades of the society.

Series V. Publications, 1891-1932

This series includes many of the published annual reports of the society, as well as a handwritten version of a president’s report composed by Conrad Bergendoff.

Series VI. Conrad Bergendoff speeches, [1920?]

This series contains three speeches probably given by Conrad Bergendoff in 1920. The speeches concern the history of the society and contemporary views about missionary work.

Series VII. Correspondence, 1920-1921

This series is a collection of the correspondence to and from the society, as well as a sample of society stationery.

Series VIII. Photographs, [1920s?]

This series includes photographs from India and China. The photographs may have been taken when Augustana Synod visitors traveled to see the Synod’s ongoing mission work, and depict both the people and the buildings relevant to the mission. Most prints have typed or handwritten notes on the back.

Series IX. News clippings, 1920-1928

This series contains a group of newspaper and newsletter clippings that refer to the society and mission work.

Series X. Annual Christian Conference of Young People, 1921 and 1926

This series refers to papers relating to both the First and Second Annual Christian Conference of Young People. Contents include invitations, programs, stationery, and pamphlets.

Series XI. Miscellaneous Programs, 1914-1930

This series is composed of various miscellaneous programs, most of which relate to mission work in some manner. Some of these events were hosted by the society, while others were perhaps attended by its members.

 

RELATED MATERIALS

MSS 5 Conrad Bergendoff papers, Box 39, Folder 10, correspondence concerning students who were sponsored by the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society.

MSS 20 Claude William Foss papers, Boxes 11-14, Part II, Series III. The Board of Foreign Missions correspondence (1884-1928), biennial reports (1911-1917), and miscellaneous printed matter.

MSS 86 Sister Ingeborg Nystul papers. Nystul was a missionary for the Augustana Synod in China.

 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1

Series I. State Charter of Incorporation, 1895

Typewritten copy of the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society’s Charter of Incorporation in the State of Illinois, September 25, 1895

Handwritten notes about charter, n.d.

Series II. Minutes, 1886-1928

Minutes and treasurer’s reports of the Augustana “Student Foreign Mission Society,” bound in book form, 1886-1909

Minutes of the Board of the Augustan Foreign Missionary Society, bound in book form, 1891-1928

Minutes of the “Augustana Student Volunteers,” bound in book form, 1927- 1928

BOX 2

Series III. Treasurer’s Records, 1891-1944

Ledgers, cash accounts, receipts, and disbursements

Book 1, 1891-1910

Book 2, 1911-1920

BOX 3

Book 3, 1921-1924

Book 4, 1924-1926 (in large envelope)

Loose papers, 1924-1926

Property loans and securities, April 1913-December 1913

Securities, January 1914-May 1914

Bank statements, deposit slips, invoices, and receipts, 1943-1944

Cancelled checks, 1943-1944

BOX 4

Series IV. Membership Records, 1887-1935

Book 1, 1887-1899 (with list of contributors)

Book 2, 1900-1903

Book 3, 1906-1914

Loose, 1911-1912

Register, 1935

Register, n.d.

Blank membership certificates, n.d.

BOX 5

Series V. Publications, 1891-1932

Konstitution för Augustana Hednamissions Förening, 1891 [3 copies]

Konstitution för Augustana Hednamissions Förening, 1904 [3 copies]

Annual reports of the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society, 1917-1932

President’s Annual Report, written by Conrad Bergendoff, 1920

Series VI. Conrad Bergendoff speeches, [1920?]

 “Augustana and Her Foreign Mission Society,” paper given by society president Conrad Bergendoff at a meeting in the chapel, October 17, 1920

Report on speeches given at the Student Volunteer Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, December 1919. Probably presented by Conrad Bergendoff, [1920]

“The Augustana Foreign Mission Society and the Augustana Idea,” historical account of the society given by Conrad Bergendoff, [1920]

Series VII. Correspondence, 1920-1921

Letters to and from the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society, October 1920-March 1921

Blank stationery from the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society, [1920-1921]

Series VIII. Photographs, [1920s?]

Photographs from India, [1919?]

Photographs from China, [1926-1928?]

Series IX. News clippings, 1920-1928

The Lutheran Companion newsletter, February 14, [1920]

Newspaper clippings in Swedish and English [1920]-1921

Tempelklockan newsletter, March 1921

Svenska Kyrkans Missionstidning, January 15, 1927

The Olive Leaf Lutheran Sunday School paper, February 18, 1928

Series X. Annual Christian Conference of Young People, 1921 and 1926

Materials from the Young People’s Christian Conference, Augustana College and Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, February 11-13, 1921

Invitation including a program of events [2 copies]

One with newspaper clippings and a note from Conrad Bergendoff

Resolutions adopted by the conference members [printed and handwritten versions]

Program of events [2 copies]

Program of a meeting on February 13, 1921 [2 copies]

Prayer from the conference

Communion service program

Program of events [3 copies]

Stationery for the First Annual Christian Conference of the Young People of the Augustana Synod

Materials from the Second Christian Conference for all the Young People of the Augustana Synod, Augustana College and Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, February 11-14, 1926

Invitation including a program of events

Communion service program

Conference rally service program

Program and handbook

Series XI. Miscellaneous Programs, 1914-1930

The Fourth Lutheran Student Missionary Conference program, April 16-19, 1914

Wisconsin Synod Jubilee Fest program, 1919

Missionary conference program, March 21-23, 1921

Fortieth Anniversary of the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society Festival Service program, April 25, 1926

All Student Missionary Rally programs, October 3, 1926

Foreign Missions Conference program, November 5-7, 1926
“Addresses given at the Inner Mission Conference at Augustana College and Theological Seminary,” November 16-18, 1928 [2 copies]

Inspirational Conference program, November 21-23, 1930

Mission Interest on the College Campus, 1948

Foreign Mission Festival program, June 9

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