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Welcome to the Divinity subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

World Christianity

World Christianity library resources will be found at a variety of locations in New College Library and the Main Library – check this on DiscoverEd. However, classmark BV for Practical Theology and Mission might be a useful place to start browsing the books.

  • New College Library holds excellent current and historic collections relating to Christian mission, particularly for Scottish Presbyterian denominations.
  • The Main Library holds related collections for African Studies (including the Centre for African Studies Collections) and East Asian Studies.

Centre for Research Collections


The Heritage Collections teams preserve, provide access to and interpret the heritage collections looked after by the University.

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts and the University of Edinburgh archives. The University Archives hold mission related collections, including the papers of John William Arthur, Joseph Booth, William Scott and Helen M. Taylor.

All of these collections can be accessed at the CRC on the 6th floor, Main Library.

Databases for World Christianity

Journals for World Christianity

New College Library Special Collections for World Christianity

New College Library's historic collections for World Christianity are particularly strong in the area of Bibles from all over the world. The Paterson Bible Collection contains early Bibles in many languages, and particularly from Northern Europe where Paterson was a missionary. The Inglis Chinese Collections include several early printed Chinese New Testaments. New College's archive collections include the J.H. Oldham & Betty D. Gibson Papers, papers of New College Missionary Societies, the papers of Robert Laws and John Murray Mitchell.

To arrange to consult New College Special Collections and archives, please email:

Centre for the Study of World Christianity Archives

The Centre for the Study of World Christianity Archives are held at the Centre for Research Collections University of Edinburgh Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ. The collections include the papers of missionaries, missionary organisations and extensive runs of nineteenth and twentieth century mission periodicals eg

  • Latin Link (formerly Evangelical Union of South America) (ref. CSWC51)

  • The Regions Beyond Missionary Union (ref. CSWC33)

  • Some Church of Scotland Foreign Mission records, including audio-visual material (refs. CSWC40, CSWC41, CSWC42 and CSWC47)

  • Papers of Isabel Fleming and Jessie Service (ref. CSWC7)

  • Papers of Myra Carpenter (ref. CSWC 18)

  • Papers of Adrian Hastings (ref. CSWC36)

  • Papers of Tom Colvin (ref. CSWC39)

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