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Missionary Manuscript Collections

The ULS archives holds many manuscript collections from missionaries all over the world. (These collections are not digitized and must be viewed at the Wentz Library, Gettysburg).
The finding aids can be found in ArchiveSpace: 

Woman’s Missionary Society of the United Synod of the South

Annie Sanford Collection
Sanford was a Lutheran Missionary who served in India from 1895-1940, mostly at the Guntur Girls School in Andhra. 

Much of this collection was digitized for the In Her Own Right project

J. Roy Stock Collection

John Roy Strock graduated from Carlisle High School in 1898, after which he took a preparatory course at Dickinson Preparatory School, finishing in 1899. He enrolled at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and in 1903 graduated Phi Beta Kappa, receiving a bachelor of arts degree. In 1905 he enrolled at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and three years later earned a bachelor of divinity degree. He was ordained into the ministry and commissioned as a missionary for the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States (GS) on September 3, 1908. He sailed for India on September 9, 1908, and arrived in Guntur, India, on November 1, 1908. He married Elizabeth M. Evans, at St. Matthew's Church, Guntur, on November 9, 1911. 

Rev. Efraim Ceder Collection
Rev. Efraim Emil Ceder was a foreign missionary and Augustana Synod pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Wesley L. Sadler

Missionary Collection
Rev. Wesley Leonadis Sadler Jr. was a Lutheran clergyman, African missionary, and linguist. Serving over thirty-seven years as a missionary, he is credited with his work in Liberia, where he wrote the Loma language in print and translated the gospels into Loma. He was also the Director of the Language, Literacy, Literary Program at United Lutheran Church of American, Liberia from 1955-1958 and director of the African Writing Center, North Rhodesia from 1959-1961.


John Presidential Aberly Papers & Diary Collection
The Rev. John Aberly was former president and professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (1926-1940); missionary to India (1889-1923); founding principal of Andhra Christian College in Guntur, India (1894-1923); co-organizer of the Andhra Christian Council; and professor at Lutheran Seminary, Maywood (currently Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) (1923-1926). 

Documents for Archive Analysis

Click here for documents for the Archive Analysis, due March 26:

J. Roy Strock's entry in the LTSG alumni record:
(Wentz, A.R. History of Gettysburg Seminary, Volume II: Alumni Record. Evangelical Press: Harrisburg, PA. 1964. 172.)

Other materials that may be of interest: 

Finding aid for the J.Roy Strock archive collection at the Wentz Library

Handbook of Information, Andhra Christian College, prepared by J. Roy Strock

Home from India 
in The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA), 
19 Mar 1923

Badly injured at a tea party
in the Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) 06 April 1938

Photo: India missionaries, April 1910

Top row (L-R): Miss Wunderlich, Mr. Edwin Thomas, Miss Annie Sanford, J. Roy Strock, Mary Knauss, Victor McCauley, Jessie Brewer, Roy Dunkelberger.
Middle row: Isaac Cannaday, Mary Lowe, Dr. Anna S. Kugler, Dr. L.L. Uhl, Mrs. E.H. Mueller, Dr. E.H. Mueller, Dr. Mary Baer.
Bottom row: Allen O. Becker, Katharine Fahs, Dr. Elsie R. Mitchell, S.C. Burger, Jeanne L. Rollier.

(photo courtesy of ELCA Archives)



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