The records of the Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) of the Presbyterian church provide valuable information on social conditions in developing Third World nations and on efforts to spread the gospel during the nineteenth century. Among the missions' responsibilities was the establishment of indigenous churches, educational facilities, hospitals, orphanages, and seminaries.
The majority of materials is incoming correspondence from the mission field and outgoing correspondence from the Board headquarters. Other primary sources include diary accounts, sermon manuscripts, receipts of sale, and field accounts. The Scholarly Resources microfilm publication of BFM records is arranged by geographical area or country, and includes a 31-volume calendar of the correspondence on the final six rolls of film. Relevant portions of the calendar are also reproduced at the beginning of most rolls. The collection can be purchased as a whole or by subsection; the following subsections are included:
Total number of rolls: 292