Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On Writing the History of the American BIble Society--Update #27

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I covered a lot of ground in the archives yesterday.  I made it to 1858 in Bible Society Record.  I am struck by the way the American Bible Society remains focused on its mission of Bible production and distribution even as the country moves closer and closer to Civil War. In fact, the Record never once mentions political considerations in the issues published in the 1850s.  I would like to see if the less-public Annual Reports and the minutes of the Board of Managers during this period are more sensitive to current events.  I need to keep reminding myself that the Record is the tool by which the ABS communicates to its constituency.

Today I will be digging into the ABS's response to the Civil War. (Or at least the way it presents itself to its constituency during the Civil War).  Stay tuned for tomorrow's update to learn more.