Uganda Christian University Archives. A Project of the Yale University Library Digital Repository Service. Project History . The Uganda Christian University Archives Project began as a collaboration between the Yale University Divinity School Library and Uganda Christian University.
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Yale University Library
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The Uganda Christian University Archives Project began as a collaboration between the Yale University Divinity School Library and Uganda Christian University.
Bishop Tucker Theological College, founded in 1913, was the leading theological college in the Anglican Church of Uganda. Encouraged by the basic educational facilities at Bishop Tucker Theological College, the Provincial Assembly of the Province of the Church of Uganda resolved to make Bishop Tucker Theological College one of the campuses and also the headquarters of a broad-based federal university. Uganda Christian University was born from Bishop Tucker Theological College. The university was established by the Province of the Church of Uganda and licensed by the Government of Uganda, Ministry of Education in 1997.
Because of the close relationship between the Uganda Christian Church (Anglican) and Uganda Christian University, the archives of the Church are held at the university.
The Divinity Library’s Day Missions Collection was established in 1891 by George Edward Day, professor of Hebrew language and literature in the Divinity School, and his wife, Olivia Hotchkiss Day.
In 1981, an endowed fund was established from the estate of Kenneth Scott Latourette, a professor of missions at Yale Divinity School, to support the Day Missions Collection of the Divinity Library.
Income from the Latourette fund supports the Kenneth Scott Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity, which was created to preserve and provide access to the documentation of the history of Christian missions and of the life, thought, and practice of Christianity outside the west.
Over the past several years Yale Divinity School Library has partnered with institutions worldwide and with commercial microfilming vendors to microfilm published and unpublished materials that complement the holdings of the Day Missions Collection at the Divinity Library.
Funds from the Latourette initiative were used to set up a pilot project in 2006 to microfilm materials from the archives of Uganda Christian University, starting with the archives of the Church of Uganda.
Paul Stuehrenberg and Dorothy Woodson met with representatives from the UCU and IDC Publishers in May-June 2006 to discuss the microfilming.
From left to right: Frederick Mukungu (UCU Librarian), Paul Stuehrenberg (Yale Divinity Library), Christine Byaruhanga (UCU Archivist), Dorothy Woodson (Africana Curator, Yale University Library), Frans Havekes (IDC Publishers).
A formal agreement between Yale and UCU was drafted and signed by Ann Okerson of Yale and Stephen Noll of UCU in 2007.
Christine Byaruhanga, archivist at Uganda Christian University, came to the Divinity Library in April 2008 as part of the University Library’s International Associates program.
Christine was at the library for 3 months, and while here worked on enhancing the finding aid for the collection with more detailed descriptions.