The International Mission Photography Archive


The International Mission Photography Archive contains more than 60,000 historic photographs that show cultural interaction – through missionaries – with the West. In some cases, the pictures provide surprising insights.

The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean. The photographs reveal the physical influence of missions, visible in mission compounds, churches, and school buildings, as well as the cultural impact of mission teaching, religious practices, and Western technology and fashions. Indigenous peoples' responses to missions and the emergence of indigenous churches are represented, as are views of landscapes, cities, and towns before and in the early stages of modern development.






University of Southern California, “The International Mission Photography Archive,” The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre Digital Archive, accessed October 22, 2019, http://digital.tubmaninstitute.ca/items/show/318.


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