Published in cooperation with the Presbyterian Historical Society, Department of History, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
This collection from the Presbyterian Historical Society, Department of History, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supplements the existing Board of Foreign Missions Korea Mission collection that covered the years 1884-1911.
Presbyterian mission work in Korea began in 1884. Eventually, nine stations were established, and the first Protestant Church was organized in 1887 in Seoul. In 1907, all existing Presbyterian groups established the Union Presbyterian Church of Korea.
Mission work in Korea was complicated by several factors not common to other missions. The presence of the Japanese from 1910 until 1945, for example, did much to undermine the work of the missionaries, especially during the 1930s. Likewise, the Korean War caused a period of retrenchment for the Church.
Included in this collection are mission reports, field correspondence, Board of Foreign Missions circular letters, educational and medical work records, and missionary personal correspondence. Field correspondence generally holds the following categories of materials: cables; apportionment of work, mission station lists (mostly pre-World War II); mission annual meeting notes, executive committee minutes, related correspondence; mission budgets, financial papers; station quarterly letters; publicity articles from missionaries; general correspondence of the Board to Korean Christians; miscellaneous correspondence.
This microfilm is divided into four series, then chronologically.