From drawings and copperplate engravings to glass negatives and positives to photographs: our picture archives contain about 40,000 representations from the beginnings of the Rhenish Mission and the Bethel Mission up to about 1960.
The collection offers extensive source material on the history of the former mission areas of the Rhenish and Bethel Mission, on the way of life of the local population and on the history of photography. The photographic documents record history from the perspective of the mission and in this way complement corresponding historical source material from other sources in other fields of research.
The holdings include in particular photographic material from the regions of southern and eastern Africa, Indonesia and China, in which the missionaries of the aforementioned missions were active.
Parts of the Picture Archives are available in digital form.
IBAN: DE45 3506 0190 0009 0909 08