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The Board of Foreign Missions (later, World Missions) was organized by the General Synod in 1832. The board was under the direction of the RCA but was also under the authority of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. David Abeel led the first mission of the RCA to the island of Borneo in the Dutch East Indies in 1836. Missions also sprouted in four primary target areas: Japan, India, China, and Arabia. In 1857, the board broke away from its ties with the American Board of Missions and established independent missions. Under its current name, the board is still active. This collection consists of annual reports (1857-1968); foreign mission conference proceedings (1899-1944); materials from individual missions; articles and serial publications; minutes; photographs; and booklets and brochures. Materials also include the board constitution; a memoriam for Isaac Chamberlain; missionary address list; missionary profiles; and a facsimile program for an 1864 ceremony at Holland’s Black Lake, entitled “Laying the Keel.”


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