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Collection PA 6 - Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)

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PA 6


Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)


  • 1876 - 1997 (Creation)

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ExtentThe collection consists of 34 boxes or 4 cubic feet

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Donation to Namibia was made possible through the University of Namibia Library, Helsinki University Library and Tampere University Library Project: Human Resource Development Project, University of Namibia (UNAM) Library, 2011-2012.

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The Finnish Missionary Society (FMS, Suomen Lähetysseura, SLS in Finnish) was founded in January 1859. FELM operates in about 30 countries on five continents. FELM employs 350 staff members, of whom 220 work in mission’s capacities in about 20 countries. In 1868 FMS sent its first team of missionaries to Ovamboland in present-day Namibia, where they arrived in 1870. Since 1985, FMS has been known in English as the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, abbreviated FELM. It is the largest Lutheran mission organization in Finland.

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The collection has been re-arranged by the archivist having noted that the collection did not come with any formal and systematic arrangement scheme – this is common with personal collections. The archivist re-grouped items in the collection according to records series (classes) in an attempt to group together items that would make sense for them to be together, for easy access to researchers.

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  • Arabic
  • Bantu
  • English
  • Finnish

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  • English



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