|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains records relating to the educational aims of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast, including memorandums to the Synod of the Presbyterian Church that address integrating the church and Christian doctrine with the customs and society of the local tribes.
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: Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
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
Materials were cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-18. Metal staples were removed from materials. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. 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 2021.
2021-09-28 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Basel Mission's expulsion from Africa during World War One and World War Two enabled the United Free Church of Scotland to arrive and continue missionary work in Africa. A Synod of 1918 was organized involving the Scottish missionaries, African ministers and presbyters. The Church slowly worked towards autonomy and by 1926, the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast was officially recognized and became fully independent from the Missionary Societies by 1950. Now known as the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, it is still in existence and is a member of the World Council of Churches.