Publications for use in the Field (Literature Ministry)

Scope and Content

Materials for use in the mission field, including tracts, booklets and other literature produced by the Algiers Mission Band and published, some jointly with the Nile Mission Press. Includes a selection of tracts and pieces written and illustrated by Lilias Trotter.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Algiers Mission Band produced much of its literature in vernacular languages. Many Band members could read French, but tracts in colloquial Arabic were also produced for readers of all ages. Many of the tracts featured artwork and calligraphy.

There was a long collaboration with the Nile Mission Press in Cairo, which was founded in 1905 by Annie van Sommer of the Egypt General Mission. After a visit in 1915 by Lilias and Blanche Haworth, the collaboration strengthed and for a period, Dar Naama became a distribution depot for Nile Mission Press published material. Lilias was serving on the International Executive Committee of the Nile Mission Press by 1915. There was also collaboration with Scripture Gift Mission and the Trinitarian Bible Society in the UK.

Tracts issued from 1914 onwards by the Algiers Mission Band were part of 'AMB Series' ['AMB Serie']. The Literature Committee which oversaw their production was set up in 1915. Lilias was its first chairman and was succeeded by Mabel Grautoff. Millicent Roche was succeeded as secretary in 1934 by Phyllis Russell. Other Band members involved in the early days were Alma Krebs, Millicent Roche, Mary Watling, Sascha Perkin, May Ridley and A.E. Theobald. Later members of the Committee were Violet Wood, Mlle Butticaz, Mlle Jeanne Guibé, and Ronald Waine. Lilias was a prolific writer of tracts, but others tried their hand, too. After the Second World War, the Committee was mainly concerned with reprints of earlier material, but new tracts appeared from time to time.

A good deal of material was also published in English for supporters (adults and children) at home. Lilias' series of illustrated parable tracts in English went into several printings, and are still available today, often through the Internet.

[See also introduction to the papers of the Literature Committee]

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Alternative Form Available

Some copies of early tracts in the AMB series are pasted into Scrapbooks for 1915 and 1916. See Boxes 21 and 22.

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