The IMB Archives contains three types of correspondence:
- Executive Correspondence – records of various leadership offices (president, vice-president, area secretaries)
- Mission Correspondence – records produced by each mission (e.g., North China, Equatorial Brazil) including minutes, reports, and budgets
- Missionary Correspondence - official company correspondence conducted between IMB missionaries and IMB leadership, as well as private papers donated by missionaries or their families
Official correspondence dates from 1845 to the present; private papers range from the early 19th century (prior to the formation of the IMB) and continue to be acquired.
Digitization of missionary correspondence is in its early stages and to date has produced two digital collections: The Lottie Moon collection currently contains letters written by Lottie Moon to agents of the IMB and will eventually expand to include those agents’ responses. The upcoming Sallie and Landrum Holmes collection is a combination of official and private papers. More collections will be added as correspondence is digitized.
Donations of private papers are welcome. Please email ArchivesandRecords@imb.org for more information, or click “Contribute an Item” in the Quick Links section at the bottom of the page to access our donor form.