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    Research archive

    The world-renowned archives of the Basel Mission and Mission 21 are open to interested parties for research purposes. Researchers from disciplines such as history, ethnology, anthropology, missiology, religious studies, geography, economics or linguistics will find archival materials (files, historical images and maps) from the early 19th century. In addition, there are more recent archival materials from other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in which Mission 21 and its supporting associations are active, as well as the archives of the Mission Action Society.

    In our research archive you will find for example:

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    Reports from the operational areas

    Example: Quarterly report from Abokobi Station (Ghana), May 19, 1879, written by missionary Heinrich Bohner, call number D-1.31,45.

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    Historical photographs from 1860

    Example: Street scene in Bombay, signature QQ-30.021.0022.

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    Historical maps and plans

    Example: Map of Hong Kong from 1905, call number 98602.

    Archive use

    Consultation of archival documents in the reading room

    The archive is available for research purposes. Please register your visit to the archive well in advance. Ordering archival materials must be done in advance by e-mail. For this purpose please consult ► www.bmarchives.org. Archival records can only be viewed in the reading room and cannot be borrowed. An annual user fee is charged.

    ► Regulations for the use of the archive (PDF)

    ► Fee list (PDF)

    Written inquiries

    You will receive a brief reply to written inquiries, for example, whether or not files are available on a particular subject. Search requests are subject to a fee (see list of fees above). As a rule, only short searches can be undertaken.

    Opening hours

    Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00

    The number of workstations in the reading rooms is limited. We ask for advance reservation.

    Please send us your request by ► E-mail

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    Andrea Rhyn

    Tel. +41 (0)61 260 22 42
    ► E-mail

    Online archive bmarchives

    On the website bmarchives you can research our holdings online. In addition, you will find digitally more than 30,000 images from the period between 1850 and 1945 and over 6000 maps and plans from the archive.


    For reproduction of archival materials, please contact the archives (info@bmarchives.org). For images created before 1900, as well as images after 1900 for which the copyright is held by Mission 21, digital copies in higher resolution can be ordered. The fee for this is 60 francs per image or 150 francs if redigitization is desired.

    To order images from our archive, please use our order form.

    The images may not be used for commercial purposes or in any racist or sexist context.

    ► Order form (PDF)

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    Patrick Moser

    Tel. +41 (0)61 260 22 57
    ► E-mail

    "Friends of the Archives.

    The Mission 21 research archive documents more than 200 years of mission and world history. The maintenance of the archive with its offers for researchers worldwide, indexing, conservation and digitization projects is complex and cost-intensive.

    The archive receives no external financial support. In order to continue to make the archive available to researchers in the future, Mission 21 relies on donations. This will enable us to continue to process further holdings in the future and to secure the unique cultural assets of the archive through digitization. Donate for the archive and become a "Friend of the Archives".

    ► More information (PDF)

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    Support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the Promotion and Preservation of Armenian Language and Culture is supporting the research archive of Mission 21 in the digitization of the "Armenian holdings" from the period 1819-1838. The Caucasus region was the first ever field of work of the Basel Mission.

    One picture - one story

    Under the title "One picture - one story" we present in the magazine begegnen each a particularly concise picture on a topic of the respective issue. The articles offer a good insight into the diversity of our archive. Articles published so far:

    Site plan

    You can reach us from the SBB train station by bus no. 30 to the "Spalentor" station and from there it is a few minutes' walk.

    Hope thanks to your support

    Mission 21
    Protestant Mission Basel

    PO Box 270
    Missionsstrasse 21
    4009 Basel, Switzerland
    Tel.: +41 (0)61 260 21 20

    Donation account Switzerland:
    IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 4072 6233 2
    Tax exemption number:

    Donation account Germany:
    Savings Bank Lörrach-Rheinfelden
    Swift BIC: SKLODE66
    BLZ: 683 500 48
    IBAN: DE39 6835 0048 0001 0323 33
    Account No. : 1032333

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