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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one alphabetical series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains records of the All Africa Christian Conference that illustrate the early organization, composition, and goals of the Conference, as well as other directed programs such as Urban Africa, and Religion and Education in Africa. Records include correspondence, photographs, memos, publications, and meeting minutes and supplemental materials.
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: All Africa Christian Conference Records, 1959 – 1972, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Records of the All Africa Conference of Churches (HR 001), Special Collections, Yale Divinity School Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Formerly part of the independent Missionary Research Library (MRL), these records were accessioned by the Burke Library at the time of the MRL's closure in 1976.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-18. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Photographs as well as items in an advanced state of deterioration were placed in Mylar envelopes. One box of AACC records were noted missing in May 2004. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2012 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-01-14 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Churches of Africa met at Ibadan, Nigeria for the first time in 1958; the establishment of a permanent organization of the Church of Africa was introduced at this time. The All Africa Christian Conference, also known as the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), was formed in April 1963 during the second meeting of the Assembly of the Churches of Africa held in Kampala, Uganda. This ended the missionary era and ushered in the independence of African Churches. The third meeting of the Churches of Africa met in 1969 during the Second Assembly. Since then, the Assembly has met in 1974; 1981; 1987; 1992; 1997 and 2003. The AACC served as a regional ecumenical body cooperating with the World Council of Churches. The organization now consists of a total of 173 members in 40 African countries comprised of churches, national Christian councils, theological and lay training institutions and other Christian organizations. The headquarters of AACC is based in Nairobi, Kenya and directs programs in the following fields: The Life of the Church in Africa; Urban Africa; Communications; Social Development and Change; Family Life; Inter-Church Aid; Christian Education; Youth; and International Affairs.