Summer 2014 at the Mission Archives

The Mission Archives will be closed 2 - 4 July and 14 - 25 July.

  • Published: 2014-06-19

Parish registers from China available at the Digital Archives of Norway

In partnership with the National Archives of Norway and the regional State Archives in Stavanger the Mission Archives has now published parish records from China at the Digital Archives. A total of 99 protocols will be available. The material is from the collection of records from the work of the Norwegian Mission Society in the province of Hunan from 1902 until 1949.

  • Published: 2013-10-17

Collections from the Mission Archives on "Arkivportalen"

The Mission Archives has currently published eleven collections on, the national website for search of archival material in Norway.

  • Published: 2013-07-30

Unpublished article by Thor Halvor Hovland (1952-2000) is now available

MHS received a letter with five articles from Thor Halvor Hovland in March 2000. This was just about a month before he died at the age of 48. Four of the articles have been published in Norsk tidsskrift for misjon. Now we publish the fifth article here on our website.

  • Published: 2013-07-25

New selected collection: NMS sailing ship Elieser

We have begun a presentation of archival material and artifacts related to the sailing ship Elieser. It is available on the left margin menu: Mission Archives >> Selected collections >> NMS sailing ship Elieser

  • Published: 2013-07-23

New logos for the Mission Archives

Designer Georg Tveitane has made logos for the Mission Archives. Both Norwegian and English versions are available.

  • Published: 2012-07-31

Mission Archives on Twitter

The Mission Archives opened an account on Twitter today.

  • Published: 2012-07-20

Microfilms from the Mission Archives digitized by the National Archives of Norway

Upon the request from the Mission Archives in 2009, a set of our 98 rolls of microfilms was recevied by the National Archives of Norway, located at Sognsvann in Oslo. The National Archives found the opportunity to digitize the films during January and February 2012, and 13 March 2012 a hard drive with 66000 images was handed over to the Mission Archives by Svein Warberg. He has been responsible for the planning and implementation of the project.

The films contain historic documents related to the work of the Norwegian Mission Society, mainly in Madagascar from 1866 to 1980. About two thirds of the orginial documents are stored at the FLM Archives in Antananarivo, Madagascar. This is the repository of Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy (i.e. the Malagasy Lutheran Church). The remaining originals are found at the Mission Archives, with the exception of a few ministerial books from congregations in the Lutheran Church in South Africa (ELCSA).

  • Published: 2012-03-20

Publications by Peder Eilert Nilsen-Lund in PDF-format

Two publications by Nilsen-Lund have now been published in PDF format.

  • Published: 2011-12-01

Madagascar material: Pier M. Larson's lists and catalogue now available online

Pier M. Larson, visited the Mission Archives in 1988-1989. He compiled lists and a catalogue of selected holdings of material related to the work of the Norwegian Mission Society in Madagascar 1866-1899. With his permission the lists and catalogue have been scanned and are now available here on our website. See items #27-29 on our presentation of catalogues.

  • Published: 2011-07-22

Photos for 50 year anniversary of KELC in Japan

The Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church (近畿福音ルーテル教会 Kinki Fukuin Rūteru Kyōkai) or KELC will celebrate its 50 year anniversary in the fall of 2011. In connection with this event some photos from the Mission Archives have been scanned and sent to the organizers. The photos are taken from the collection of the Norwegian Mission Society, Department of audio-visual aids.

  • Published: 2011-07-19

The archives of Halse Misjonsforening

Halse Misjonsforening began its ministry on All Saints' Sunday in 1878. The association was discontinued in 2010. We have received information about the location of the archival material from the association. See our presentation.

  • Published: 2011-06-28

Newspaper article in "Vårt Land" about missionary films

Hallgeir Skretting's research about missionary films published by the Norwegian Mission Society has attracted attention. An article in Norwegian is available in the Oslo based newspaper Vårt Land. The title is "Missionaries were film pioneers".

  • Published: 2011-06-17

Now available in PDF: NMS history in Ethiopia 1967-1991

We have begun the scanning to PDF of the chapters in the two-volume history of the Norwegian Mission Society 1842-1992. The first item is the one about Ethiopia.

  • Published: 2011-03-08

Christian communication in a Malagasy cultural context

Abel Zafianara from Toliara, Madagascar, is enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Stavanger. Source material at the Mission Archives is an important element in his project.

  • Published: 2011-03-03