|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains three boxes of 35mm photographic slides from Dorothy E. Pecht's years as a missionary in Nigeria and Liberia. Slides depict daily life in Africa, as well as the work of organizations with which Pecht was involved, including Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) and the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM).
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL1, Africa
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, MRL1: Dorothy E. Pecht slides, 1959-1980, box #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was purchased from a private seller in 2012, and added to the Missionary Research Library Archives record group.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Approximately 1400 slides were placed in new acid-free boxes. Within boxes, slides are contained within slide sleeves within 3-ring binders. The finding aid was created by Jazmin Mooney in 2007, reviewed and updated by Kristen Leigh Southworth and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-08-20 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Dorothy E. Pecht was born in Milroy, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1921. Her parents, Orris and Sara Eva (Barger) Pecht had four other daughters: Eunice, Helen, Bertha, and Katherine. Pecht graduated from Milroy High School, Juniata College, and Moody Bible Institute. For four years she taught at Mount Union Elementary School. For 32 years, Pecht served as a missionary in Africa with Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA), an interdenominational Christian organization founded in 1952 and creator of the first Christian radio station in Africa (Radio ELWA), and with the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), an international organization with missionaries in Asia, Latin American and Africa, originally created in 1893. After her return to the United States, Pecht attended Calvary Bible Church in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and was a member of South Dalton Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia. Dorothy E. Pecht died on April 27, 2012 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania at the age of 91.