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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in original order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a memorandum with information about religious training; social training; language; training of girls and women; higher and mass education; and intermediate schools and native administration schools in Tanganyika Territory, East Africa. The document resulted from discussions at a Lutheran Missionary Societies conference in 1932.
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: Christian Educational Policy in Tanganyika Territory, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The former title of this collection, given by the Missionary Research Library, was the Lutheran Missionary Societies Conference, 1932.
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. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2011 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-08-23 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The need for an official policy for Christian Education in the Tanganyika Territory grew from the missionary society's desire to give people what was considered a 'full education' – developing their spiritual and intellectual personality. Specially trained teachers and educators became the most important aspect from this policy. In the Tanganyika Territory, religious teaching was allowed in schools but was not inspected by the government. As a result, the missionary societies stressed that religious instruction be given enough time and attention during the regular school day. Also important according to the Educational Policy was to teach the students about their personal tribe's history; agriculture; and to learn English as it would open doors in the future. It was believed that the training of women and girls should come to the forefront because other changes occurring in Africa affected "the women even more than the men." A solution was to send girls to boarding school at the age of fourteen. Another result of this policy was to offer intermediate schools and other educational institutions should a pupil desire to study past what was typically offered at the village school.