United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations.
Secretaries’ files: Venezuela Mission, 1897-1966.
Finding Aid to Record Group 159
3.00 cu. ft.

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

The PCUSA's mission in Venezuela was established in 1897 with the arrival of the Reverend and Mrs. Theodore S. Pond who had been transferred from the neighboring mission in Colombia. Dr. and Mrs. Pond remained the only missionaries in Venezuela until 1912, when they were joined by the Reverend and Mrs. Frederick F. Darley. Later, in 1919, the Reverend and Mrs. C. Arthur Phillips arrived and served until 1958. Though the mission is still in existence today, both it's size and the scope of it's activities have greatly diminished.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection documents the history of the PCUSA's Venezuela Mission from 1897-1958. Also included are some post-1958 UPCUSA COEMAR records. Mission minutes, annual reports, executive and missionary correspondence dominate this collection. Individual subjects are not documented extensively but the activities of the mission and personnel who served there are reflected in the mission and station meeting committee reports. The mission's financial status is also well documented through the quarterly reports and statistical summaries.

When arranging this collection, provenance had to be disregarded since no practical order was discernable. The original chronological arrangement has been superseded by a topical one, as follows:


Box 1 SERIES 1: MINUTES

SERIES 2: REPORTS

Box 2 SERIES 3: BOARD AND MISSION LETTERS

SERIES 4: CORRESPONDENCE

Box 3 SERIES 5: FINANCIAL REPORTS

SERIES 6: CABLES

SERIES 7: COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION IN LATIN AMERICA/FIVE
YEAR PLAN

SERIES 8: MISCELLANY

NOTES TO THE RESEARCHER

The folders in this collection are numbered consecutively with each subseries begining again at Number 1. Therefore, the researcher must specify the series title, not just the box and folder number, when requesting materials.

The researcher should be advised that some of the missionary correspondence, and to a lesser
extent the executive correspondence, both in series 8, are written in Spanish. No attempt was made to segregate these items.

Related collections include RG 99, Secretaries' Files of the Venezuela Mission, 1911-1972. Some
duplication of the materials may exist.

Collection processed and finding aid prepared: 1982
Frederick J. Heuser, Jr., Archivist

Finding Aid revised: July 1992
Stephanie Muntone, Processing Archivist

Box	Folder	Description
1	1	Finding Aid to Record Group 159

		SERIES 1:	MINUTES

		Mission Minutes

	2	1913-17, vol.1
	3	1917-20, vol.2
	4	1920-22, vol.3
  	5-11	1923-30
 	12-21	1931-40
 	22-31	1941-50
 	32-33	1952-53
	34	1956
 	35-37	1959-61

  	1-6	Mission Executive Committee Minutes, 1954-59
 	1-19	Station Meeting Minutes, 1940-59

		SERIES 2: REPORTS

 	1-13	Annual Reports of Caracas Station, 1897-1910

		Deputation Reports

	1	1923 (#1-3)
	2	Report of Secretary of the Venezuela Mission re Assignments (Draft Notes), 1939
	3	Report, Preview of Venezuela Mission Problems (prepared for Deputation), 1939
	4	Minutes, Special Deputation Meeting of the Venezuela  Mission, 1940

		Station Meeting Committee Reports

	1	1950
	2	1951
	3	1953

		Missionary Reports

   	1-2	1922-23
  	3-12	1931-39
 	13-23	1940-50
 	24-25	1952-53
	26	1956
	
	27-28	1959-60

		Mission Property Reports/Lists

1	1	1926
   	2-6	1939-43
	7	1946-47


		SERIES 3:	BOARD AND MISSION LETTERS

2	1	1913
   	2-5	1916-19
  	6-14	1920-29
 	15-17	1931-33
 	18-31	1937-50
	32	1955

		Mission Station Letters

   	1-8	1920-27
	9	1942

		Mission Letters to Board

	1	1922
	2	1923
	3	1925
	4	1926
	5	1927

		Board General Letters

	1	1930 (#29, 40)
	2	1931 (#42)
	3	1934 (#53)
	4	1935 (#56)
	5	1938 (#66)
	6	1940 (#75-77)
	7	1941 (#78-79)
	8	1942 (#80, 82)
	9	1943 (#84)
	10	1944 (#87)

	11	1945 (#88)
	12	1946 (#92)
	13	1949 (#106-107)
	14	1950 (#105A)
	15	1954 (#124)
	16	1955 (#126)

		SERIES 4:	CORRESPONDENCE

		Executive Correspondence

2	1	1900
 	2-4	1908-10
	5	1913
  	6-10	1916-20
 	11-20	1921-30
 	21-24	1931-34


2	25-28	1937-40
 	29-38	1941-50
	39	1965
	40	1966

		Missionary Correspondence

	1	Extracts of Correspondence, 1897-1910
	2	1912-1914
	3	1920
	4	1923
   	5-9	1925-29
	10	1932
	11	1933, 1935
	12	1937
	13	1938
  	14-21	1940-47
	22	1960
	23	1964
	24	1966

SERIES 5:	FINANCIAL ESTIMATES/REPORTS

3   	1-9	1922-30
   	10-15	1931-36
	16	Annual Report, 1937-38
   	17-27	1938-48
28	Expenditures, 1950
   	29-30	Miscellaneous Financial Items, 1951, 1953
	31	Mission Financial Statements, 1954
	32	Salary Revision, 1955
	33	Miscellaneous Financial Items, 1958

		SERIES 6:	CABLES

   	1-13	1923-42
  	14-20	1943-50

SERIES 7:	COMMITTEE ON COOPERATION IN LATIN AMERICA/FIVE YEAR PLAN

3	1	Minutes, Correspondence, Report, 1931
	2	Correspondence, 1932
   	3-5	Correspondence, 1940-42
	6	Correspondence, 1947-49
	7	Report, Five Year Plan, 1948
	8	Estimates, Five Year Plan, 1948
	9	Correspondence, 1948


 		SERIES 8:	MISCELLANY

		Miscellaneous Reports

	1	Committee on South America and the Executive Council, 1916
	2	Work of the Presbyterian Mission in Venezuela, 1920
	3	Resolutions of Venezuela Missionaries' Conference; Survey of Five Year Period,    		1923-27; Miscellaneous Items, 1923
	4	Forward Looking Program/Survey of Field, 1928
   	5-7	Treasurer's Reports, 1931-33
	8	Treasurer's Correspondence (monthly friendship letters), 1937
	9	Treasurer's Correspondence, 1938
	10	First Presbyterian Conference of Latin America, 1955
	11	Presbytery of Venezuela, 1955

		Miscellaneous Items

	1	Correspondence/Miscellaneous Items re History of  Venezuela Mission, 1929?
	2	Unidentified Blueprint (Caracas?), 1929?
	3	Medical Bulletins (#32-33), 1932
	4	Miscellaneous, 1932
	5	Minutes (?), Latin American Council, circa 1931 (n.d.)
	6	Forms/Correspondence re Furloughs, 1932
	7	Miscellaneous, 1933
	8	Operating Procedures/Instructions and Guidelines, 1934
	9	Miscellaneous, 1934
	10	Field Correspondence, Latin American Field Council, 1945-48
	11	Correspondence from Norman Taylor, 1948-49
	12	By-Laws of the Venezuela Mission (revised), 1953
	13	Summary of Reverend Phillips Contributions to the Venezuela Mission (?) (in    			Spanish), 1958
	14	Miscellaneous, (n.d.)

		Miscellaneous Items

	1	Mission Historical File, 1927; 1947-1948
	2	Correspondence, 1945; 1960-1961; 1963
	3	Correspondence, 1964-1965
	4	Miscellaneous, (n.d.)
	5	Minutes, Association of Fraternal Workers in Venezuela, 1954-1965

		Correspondence (F.F. Darley)

   	1-6	1907-19
	7	1920-1922; 1931
	8	Miscellaneous, (n.d.)