American Lutheran Church Women in World Mission Oral History Project / Evangelical Lutheran Church Women in Global Mission Oral History Project Records
Scope and Contents
There were 247 potential narrators for the oral history project, a potential narrator being a woman (married or single) who served at least 10 years as a missionary between 1930 and 1980, in the countries covered by the project. The potential narrators were divided into three groups:
- Stage I (38) Women born 1910 and earlier
- Stage II (43) Women born 1911-1920
- Stage III (166) Women born 1921 and later.
Of the potential narrators, sixty-three from Stages I and II were interviewed during the years 1985 to 1987. Countries of service represented by these women were Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa and Taiwan. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continued the project during the years 1990-1993, interviewing an additional thirty-four women. In order to accommodate important women representatives from predecessor churches not included in the American Lutheran Church project, the ELCA included some women born prior to 1930 in Stage III. Additional countries represented in Stage III include Argentina, Chile, Ethiopia, Guyana, Liberia, Nepal, and Tanzania. It should be noted that although China is listed as an area of service for several women, China was not officially included in these oral history projects; many Lutheran missionaries to China had already been interviewed by the Midwest China Center.
The Addendum contains oral histories of two of the directors of the world misison divisions of predecessor bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church: Theodore P. Fricke and Rolf A. Syrdal.
The oral transcripts are listed alphabetically by narrator within each stage. The listing also indicates country and dates of missionary service.
Information about copyright and permission to quote from the narratives is found in the introductory material preceding each transcript.
The Yale Divinity School Library's copy of this project is missing transcripts of two women present in the list provided for Stage II: Vera Eld and Frieda Foege.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
- I. Stage 1
- II. Stage 2
- III. Stage 3
- IV. Addendum
2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
The American Lutheran Church Women in World Mission Oral History Project, and its continuation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Women in Global Mission Oral History document the work of women missionaries serving under these church bodies (or predecessor bodies) from 1921-1991. This collection contains oral history transcripts of Lutheran women missionaries.
Biographical / Historical
The American Lutheran Church Women in World Mission Oral History Project, and its continuation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Women in Global Mission Oral History Project, document the work of women missionaries serving under these church bodies (or predecessor bodies) from 1921-1991. The goals of the Women in World Mission Oral History Project were stated as follows:
(1) To preserve for future researchers the oral narratives of American Lutheran Church (and predecessor bodies) women whose participation in the church's world mission effort began, ended, or took place during the period of 1930 to 1980;
(2) To provide a historical record of what it was like to be a woman in the missionary setting of the countries and period of the project;
(3) To provide supplemental and historical data about the role and activities of missionaries in general, and women missionaries in particular, in the countries and period included in this study project.
- Guide to the American Lutheran Church Women in World Mission Oral History Project / Evangelical Lutheran Church Women in Global Mission Oral History Project Records
- Compiled by Brad C. Pohlman and Martha Lund Smalley
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Yale Divinity Library Repository
409 Prospect Street
New Haven CT 06511 US