The Vinton Books

During the 19th century, many Congregational missionaries traveled the world under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). In 1869, Rev. John A. Vinton compiled brief biographies for those missionaries who had served in the field until that date.  The collection was updated several times in the decades following Vinton's death, and transcribed copies exist at several institutions, but it has never been published.

Because it is such a rare and valuable resource for our researchers, particularly religous historians and genealogists, we have made it available online through the Internet Archive.  Simply click on the volume title to view the full text.

  • Volume I: Africa, Asia, and the Papal lands (Austria, Italy, Spain, and Mexico)
  • Volume II: North American Indians, the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Micronesia, East Indian Islands (Borneo, Java, Sumatra), Patagonia, and the exploring mission to South America
  • Volume III: The Near East (Armenia, Persia, Syria, and Turkey)
  • Volume IV: Addenda, 1885-1910