This collection consists mostly of manuscript materials from the establishment of the American Ceylon Mission (ACM) in 1816 by the American Ceylon Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) to the transfer of the ACM to the Church of South India (CSI) in 1947. These materials include nineteenth-century letterbooks, sundry mission reports, minute meetings, copies of the Morning Star, and uncategorized letters and notebooks. Most descriptions for this collection come from Professor Bernard Bate's 2005 finding aid. Series I was digitized by EAP835, as were Files 1-8 of Series XII.
Size and dimensions of original material: 14 series.
Custodial history: The materials were moved from the JDCSI Office at Vaddukoddai to the Christian Theological Seminary at Maruthanarmadam in February and March 2005, during the war. In 2007, a portion of the original materials were moved back to the JDCSI Office.
Arrangement: The materials in this collection were rearranged in 2005 by the late Professor Bernard Bate, who sought to preserve earlier categorical systems. The materials were divided into eighteen series. A copy of Bate's original finding aid is available from the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies: http://www.aisls.org/pdfs/archives-jaffna-church.pdf. However, readers must be aware that the majority of these materials have not yet been located post-war.
This collection contains.
· EAP971/2/1 The 1937 Series.
· EAP971/2/2 JCSIUC Minutes, 1904-1947.
· EAP971/2/3 Uncategorized Manuscript Notebooks.
· EAP971/2/4 Uncategorized Letters and Letterbooks.
· EAP971/2/5 Ninteenth Century Sundry Mission Reports, c. 1840-1901.
· EAP971/2/6 Twentieth Century Sundry Mission Reports, 1919-1937.