Salvation Army Rare Pamphlets Collection

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Scope and Content

The Salvation Army Rare Pamphlets Collection comprises digitised copies of rare pamphlets held by the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. The collection includes copies of pamphlets on a wide range of topics relating to The Salvation Army's development, doctrine and work, notably female ministry, slum ministry, social work, officer training and regulations for officers, and international missionary work including with denotified (formerly called 'criminal') tribes in India. The collection also includes some biographies of early Salvation Army figures and some song books.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Salvation Army is a Christian Church and charity founded in east London in 1865. Since 1880, The Salvation Army has spread outside the UK to many parts of the world. Today it is active in around 130 countries worldwide.

In 1878 The Salvation Army adopted the distinctive quasi-military command structure that is still in use today. Leadership is provided by commissioned officers who are recognised ministers of religion. Local churches are called 'corps' and congregation members are 'soldiers'.

The Salvation Army was pioneering in its acceptance of female ministry from the outset thanks to the influence of its co-founder Catherine Booth. It also made social work an integral part of its ministry from its early days.


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Additional Information

Full descriptions of the rare pamphlets found in this collection are available in the online catalogue of the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre .