America in records from colonial missionaries, 1635-1928

American material in the archives of the USPG, 1635-1928

American material in the archives of the USPG, 1635-1928

The Honorable Society can't concieve what mischief he has done to our holy religion in those American parts, by his vile practices, too many to be related
Rev. M. Vesey: The B series letter books, 1702-1786, Vol 1, img 8Missionary in New York, 1733

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Missionaries in America wrote these letters back to the society that sent them

The United Society Partners in Gospel (USPG) is a UK-based Anglican missionary organisation that operates around the world. During the 18th, 19th, and early-20th centuries, the USPG went by the name of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG). This collection contains letters and supplementary material compiled by its North American branch during the period 1635-1928. The papers therefore provide students and historians with a unique insight into the evolution of Christianity in the American colonies, the United States, and Canada.

Note: This collection is accompanied by an online guide written by Isobel Pridmore, formerly the archivist at the USPG, whose archives are now held at Rhodes House Library in Oxford.


America in records from colonial missionaries, 1635-1928...

Containing 33,900 pages belonging to 67 documents housed in 6 volumes...

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The A series letter books, 1702-1737

This series consists of the manuscript letter books kept by the first three secretaries of the Society. Vols. 1-6 contain...

The B series letter books, 1702-1786

This series contains original in-letters and drafts, or copies, of out-letters. The bulk consists of letters received from the American...

The C series letters, 1635-1812

This series consists mainly of original 18th century letters from the colonies. The reason why they were kept unbound in...

Published accounts of two early S.P.G. missionaries to America

Includes: (i) A journal of the travels and ministry of the Reverend George Keith; and (ii) An account of two...


  • When using these items, a focus on specific events will enable the reader to see how missionaries responded to history, rather than to their finances.
  • The B and C series letterbooks contain reports of life during the American Revolution, with letters written from a variety of states at that time.
  • The supplementary American material includes reports from chaplains who comforted the emigrants that were headed to America.
  • The indexes to these letterbooks often contain little more than names, looking for historical dates within the books will reveal more information.
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