Skip to main content

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions letter received

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2197

Scope and Contents

Materials include a five page unsigned handwritten letter dated October 2, 1833, to Reverend D. Green, secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, from the chairman of a committee in Jacksonville, Illinois, requesting the Board's aid in outfitting a missionary group to the "Indians West of the Rocky Mountains." This letter is accompanied by a two page manuscript copy of a petition titled "Incipient measures in relation to the establishment of a mission," with resolutions passed at a public meeting in Jacksonville on September 2, 1833, and seeks to implement suggestions in the letter. Dated 1833.


  • 1833


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Transcription of originals also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (1810-1961) was the first American Christian missionary organization.

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was created in 1810 by recent graduates of Williams College. The objective of the ABCFM was to spread Christianity worldwide. While it originated as a Congregationalist organization, the ABCFM also accepted missionaries from Presbyterian (1812–1870), Dutch-Reformed (1819–1857) and other denominations. They were a voice against Indian removal, and served many missions in North America among the Indians that had been displaced. As early as 1829, the Board had sent representatives to China. In 1961, the ABCFM or the American Board, as it was often called, merged with other societies to form the United Church Board for World Ministries, an agency of the United Church of Christ.


2 folders (0.06 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased through Michael Ginsberg in 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Michael Ginsberg; 1984.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy, v. 1, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online. Transcriptions available in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Benjamin Sipes, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2010.
Register of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions letters received
Benjamin Sipes
2010 October 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States