Located on the professional campus of Mercer University in suburban Atlanta, the American Baptist Historical Society is the archive and historical interpreter of American Baptist Churches in the United States of America.
Materials held in the Archives Center include:
- original correspondence of home and overseas missionaries,
- official denominational minutes and publications,
- documents from the Baptist World Alliance,
- personal papers of Baptist leaders,
- photographs and glass slides,
- artifacts and mementos.
For several days, Joshua Finnell pored over the American Baptist Missionary Union Register to identify American Baptist missionaries with an affiliation with Denison University. A master list of missionaries can be found here. Whereas missionaries such as Gordon Seagrave are fairly well known, many lesser known Denison-affiliated missionaries were uncovered in the archive.
Denison University class of 1868.
Natural History faculty at Denison University
President of Rangoon Baptist College
Denison University class of 1893
English Faculty Member at Rangoon Baptist College
Author of The Literature of Burma
Washington Irving Price
Denison University class of 1864
Appointed to Karen Mission of Shwegyin, Burma
In addition to research, Joshua spent several days discussing avenues of partnership between Denison University and the American Baptist Historical Society in digitizing the personal letters and correspondence of several Denison-affiliated missionaries with Dr. Deborah Bingham Van Broekhoven and Jan Ballard.
The American Baptist Historical Society will continue to be a valuable partner as the project continues to develop.