This collection of missionary records from the archives of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, provides a rich resource for studying the history and activities of the Moravian Church in North America. The Moravian Mission was influential through its Indian leaders, many of whom were educated by the missions and even converted to Christianity. The mission also maintained contact with American governmental officials. Included in the collection are the missionaries' diaries of daily events, references to physical conditions and letters dealing with personal matters and problems. Church registers and catalogs provide detailed information about members and Indian converts.
A Guide to the Records of the Moravian Mission Among the Indians of North America is included with the collection and provides a numerical listing of the contents of each microfilm reel. The guide is arranged by sections, including Specific Mission Places, Personalia, Generalia, Indian Languages, and Other.
Also accompanying the collection is Index to the Records of The Moravian Mission Among the Indians of North America, compiled by Reverend Carl John Fliegel. This index provides 1,135,000 entries on an estimated 30,000 cards reproduced in a 2-vol. softbound set.
The Index is arranged in the following categories: