Five young scholars visit campus as Yale Divinity Library Stowe Fellows
This summer five young scholars—three from abroad—were awarded fellowships to conduct research at the Yale Divinity Library and attend the annual meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity, held June 30-July 2 at YDS.
These fellowships were supported by the David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research, established as a memorial to Stowe, who served as executive vice-president of the United Church of Christ’s Board for World Mission from 1970-1991. The Yale-Edinburgh Group is hosted in alternate years by the University of Edinburgh and Yale Divinity School.
The 2011 Stowe Fellows were:
The five Stowe fellows were able to take advantage of the Yale Divinity Library’s world-renowned collections documenting the history of the missionary movement and world Christianity, including manuscript and archival collections, as well as books and periodicals that are available in very few repositories.
The YDS Day Missions Collection today makes up approximately one third of the Divinity Library's 500,000 volumes and constitutes the bulk of its manuscript and archival collection. Its scope has enlarged from a fairly narrow focus on training missionaries to become one of the preeminent collections documenting the thought, history, and practice of world Christianity.