From the Collections of the Amistad Research Center
The American Home Missionary Society was formed in 1826 by the Congregational, Presbyterian, Dutch Reformed, and Associate Reformed Churches with the purpose of financially assisting congregations on the American frontier until they could become self-sufficient.
Correspondence from these missionaries provides information on slavery, the economic and social conditions of the day, European immigrants, and denominationalism.
During its history, the Society assumed a "noninterference" position on the great social issue of slavery, especially since many of its large contributors from the South were slaveholders. Later, growing pressures from the North, where the Society received most of its financial backing, finally forced an official anti-slavery position in 1857.
This collection is divided into five series:
Series I: Incoming Correspondence, 1816-1893
This is the largest portion of the collection and is divided into geographical subseries by state, then chronologically by year and alphabetically within the year by author.
May also be purchased by regional grouping and by state.
Series II, Outgoing Correspondence, 1826-1894
Outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically by fiscal year and by month and day within the fiscal year.
Series III, Administrative Material, 1821-1893
Included in this series are reports, memoranda, executive committee resolutions, financial information, and some sermons.
Series IV, Annual Reports, 1826-1936
These reports contain information about the Society, its functions and finances.
Series V, The Home Missionary, 1828-1909
The Society's monthly magazine includes articles about Society meetings, social activities, and reports from missionaries and agents.
Complete Collection: 385 reels