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Gerald H. Anderson Papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 166

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily documents Gerald H. Anderson's work as missionary educator in the Philippines, author, editor, and participant in many ecumenical mission conferences and groups. While Anderson was Associate Director and then Executive Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center from 1974-2000, this collection does not document his work with OMSC except through some Director's reports. The collection was substantially augmented and re-ordered in 2013 as records from throughout Anderson's career were added to the existing collection that primarily documented his work on the Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, a work which includes extensive and comprehensive coverage of Christian missions with 2,400 original signed biographies by 350 authors from 45 countries.

Dates

  • 1947-2013

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gerald H. Anderson, 2001-2016

Arrangement

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Writings, Lectures, Research Files
  3. III. Conference and Consultation Activities
  4. IV. Personal Items and Memorabilia
  5. V. Audio-Visual Material

Extent

40.5 Linear Feet (52 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.166

Overview

These papers document the work of Gerald H. Anderson, who was a missionary educator, college president, and Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center from 1974 to 2000. Anderson's extensive writings, lectures, and conference activities provide a valuable overview of the ecumenical mission scene during the second half of the twentieth century. A substantial portion of the collection relates to Anderson's work as editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions. These records include drafts and materials not included in the final publication as well as correspondence with the contributors. Other areas of research interest for Anderson included Christianity in the Philippines, Jewish-Christian relations, and the history of the International Association for Mission Studies.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald H. Anderson was born in 1930. He was a Methodist missionary in the Philippines from 1960 to 1970, serving as professor of church history and ecumenics as well as the academic dean of Union Theological Seminary in Manila. Upon returning to the United States, he was elected president of Scarritt College in Nashville and was also professor of world Christianity there. From 1973 to 1974, Anderson was a senior research associate in the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. In 1974 he was appointed as Associate Director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center and in 1976 became Executive Director of OMSC and editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Anderson was a founder and president of the American Society of Missiology and a participant in many ecumenical groups such as the International Missionary Council, World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, Lausanne Committee Task Force on Jewish Evangelism, and the Kennedy Institute Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue. Among his many published works, Anderson was co-editor with Stephen Neill and John Goodwin of the Concise Dictionary of the Christian World Mission, co-editor and author (with Thomas Stransky) of the series Mission Trends, co-editor of Mission Legacies, editor of Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, and author of Witness to World Christianity : the International Association for Mission Studies, 1972-2012. For more detailed biographical information, see Series IV, Personal Items and Memorabilia, Biographical Documentation.
Title
Guide to the Gerald H. Anderson Papers
Author
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2001, 2013, 2015
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Yale University Divinity School Library Repository

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