Foreign Missions Library Lantern Slide Collection
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1991.04
Creators:
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Dates:
undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
98 lantern slides
black and white and color
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Lantern slides, undated, some hand-tinted, assembled by the Foreign Missions Library of New York City to document missionary activities in Iran, probably during the early part of the twentienth century. Included are images of missionaries and evangelists, Fiske seminary, The American High School for Boys in Tehran, the Memorial School for Boys in Tabriz, the Red Cross, orphans, place views and architecture, a house interior, daily activities such as rug weaving and plowing, livestock, and people such as Kurdish women and a dervish. The slides are hand-colored and black and white, and many are captioned.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Images divided into the following section: market scenes, daily living, carpets, missionaries, the Red Cross, hospitals, schools, orphans, pre-Islamic rock reliefs, buildings, railroads, city views, villages, caravans and caravansaries, animals, farmers and fields, mountains, women and men.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Iran Mission was established by the U.S. Presbyterian Board of Mission in 1870, taking over the work of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Hundreds of the organization's missionaries were stationed in Iran. The first missionary to arrive was Justin Perkins (1805-1869), active in Persia from 1835 to 1869, establishing the Nestorian Mission at Urmia. Samuel Martin Jordan (1871-1952) arrived in Iran in 1898 and spent 43 years there, establishing among other institutions the Alborz High School (American College of Tehran). The Mission's functions were transferred to the Evangelical Church of Iran in 1965, until missionaries were ultimately removed from the country in 1969.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1991.04

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Citation
Foreigh Missions Library Lantern Slide Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Donated by Alan O. Bellak, 1991

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Missionaries -- Iran Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New York (N.Y.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iran Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tehran (Iran) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lantern slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iran -- Tehran -- Tehran Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Red Cross Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/