The Church of the Brethren opened its first China missionary station in Pingding, Shanxi Province, in May 1910. One of the missionaries who later served there was Anna V. Blough. Born on November 22, 1885 near Waterloo, Iowa, Anna was baptized into the Church of the Brethren in 1891, and she later attended Mt. Morris Academy (Illinois) in 1902 and again from 1904-1906. After further study at Bethany Bible School, Anna sailed for China in 1913, where she served as a missionary primarily in Pingding. She died in China from typhus on May 9, 1922. The letters she wrote home, and her diaries, provide a window into one woman's experience of the missionary endeavor, as she described the linguistic and cultural difficulties of adapting to live in China during the early decades of the twentieth century. The digitization of Anna's writings provides a valuable primary source for researchers investigating
the Western missionary experience in China.
The Church of the Brethren Photograph Collection consists of more than 400 mostly black and white photographs of meeting houses and churches in eastern Pennsylvania, historic sites, gravestones, portraits and nursing homes associated with the Church. The photographs date from the 1890's to the present. A subset of the collection includes images from 200 glass-plate negatives dating from 1890 to 1915. These
photographs were taken by J.G. Francis, a leader in the founding of
Elizabethtown College and a minister of the Church of the Brethren in
The Peace Pamphlet Digital Collection contains more than 30 Church of the Brethren and other pamphlets that focus on peace, historic peace churches, conscientious objectors and alternative service. Pamphlet dates range from 1775 to the 1970s.
This project has been funded with Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.