Moravian mission among the Indians of North America records, 1735-1900 (inclusive), [microform]


Date: 1735-1900 | Size: 40 microfilm_reel(s)


This collection contains correspondence, diaries, reports, letters, conference minutes, church registers and catalogs, and other papers documenting the work of Moravian missionaries among the Indians of North America. Includes language materials in Delaware, Creek, Mohawk, and Onondaga; and materials pertaining to the Chippewa, Cherokee, Nanticoke, and Shawnee. Materials cover New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ontario.

Background note

The Moravians came to the United States in 1735 primarily to preach the gospel to the Indians. Although the Moravians had contacts with many Indian tribes, they did most of their work among the Delawares. They followed this tribe westward from Pennsylvania to Ohio, to Canada, to Indiana, and finally to Kansas. They also worked among the Mahicans in New York and Connecticut, and among the Cherokees in Georgia and Oklahoma. The work lasted until 1900, for a total of over 150 years.

Collection Information

Physical description

40 microfilm reels.


Purchased from Research Publications, Inc. ($1150.00) and accessioned, 05/08/1970 (1970 708mf).

Location of originals:

Originals in the Archives of the Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Early American History Note

This is a microfilm of an early American collection that may be of interest to researchers at the APS and may complement an original manuscript collection at the APS.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Moravian Church.
  • Moravian Church.


  • Microfilm Collection


  • Missionaries.


  • Cherokee Indians
  • Delaware Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Mahican Indians
  • Missions -- United States.