New Digital Research Collection

The CCSG is pleased to announce the recent release of the digital SAM China Mission Photograph Collection, hosted by Whitworth University.

This extensive research collection, with visual materials from the 1920s-1950s associated with the Société des Auxiliaires des Missions (SAM) in China, is the product of several years' close collaboration between Drs. Jean-Paul Wiest, Anthony E. Clark, and Amanda Clark.

We cannot stress enough the historical value of these images, the precariousness of their former archival situation, and the amount of time and energy our colleagues invested in bringing them back to light. We hope you will join me in applauding Drs. Wiest, Clark, and Clark for the amazing - and challenging - work they undertook in recovering and making these rare materials widely accessible.  

On that note, we highly encourage you to make use of this collection and to share it widely with scholars, students, and communities beyond the CCSG. These materials shed light not only on histories of Christianity in 20th century China, but equally so on culture, society, politics, regional environments, and global encounters in the Republican era into the early PRC. The collection's digital format also lends itself well to online student research projects and assignments. This is especially useful since many of us in faculty positions will be teaching remote or hybrid courses in the upcoming academic year. 

Please direct any specific queries about the materials to Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest and Dr. Amanda Clark. Again, we are delighted to share this collection and hope that you, your students, and colleagues across intersecting fields will find it of interest.

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