Mission 21's research archive and library contain extensive documentation of many facets of world history dating back over 200 years. The majority of the archive's stock originates from the Basel Mission, founded in 1815, which was mainly active in Ghana, Cameroon, South India, South China and Kalimantan (Indonesia).

Research archive

You'll find information on services related to our specialist areas here, together with our opening hours; there is also information on our advisory service and on how to use the archive as well as the digital online archive (bmarchives). The unique collection of photographs depicting the history of the Basel Mission together with maps and plans can be accessed online via the bmarchives website. The "Friends of the Archives" Patronage Club supports our work.

► More information about the archive

► Digital photo collection, bmarchives


Mission 21's library, which is open to the general public, specialises in several subjects including intercultural theology, African studies, mission studies and development policy. The library's stock (including historical items) is entered in the joint online catalogue of Swisscovery.

► Online catalogue of Swisscovery

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