Finding Aid

World Student Christian Federation Archives, 1895-1925

Published by IDC Publishers, 2003

Descriptive Summary

Creator: World Student Christian Federation
Title: World Student Christian Federation Archives
Dates: 1895-1945
Dates: 1895-1925
Abstract: This publication is a selection of materials that were created by the World Student Christian Federation between 1895-1925. The materials concern the organization, correspondence and history of the WSCF.
Languages: Language of materials: English and French and Russian
Extent: 2,138 microfiches
Ordernumber: WSY-1; WSY-2; WSY-3; WSY-4; WSY-5; WSY-6; WSY-7; WSY-8; WSY-9

Location of Originals

Originals are held by Yale Divinity School Library

About the World Student Christian Federation

The formation of the WSCF was a radical step toward ecumenical cooperation at a time when no other worldwide, non-Roman Catholic Christian agency based on independent national organizations existed. Advances in transportation and communication at the end of the nineteenth century made realization of the WSCF vision feasible. The work was carried out through conferences and committee meetings, publications, exchanges of literature, and visits to national movements by its secretaries and agents. From its purely Protestant origins, it expanded its membership in 1911 to include Orthodox Christians.

In its early years, the WSCF focused its energies on the formation and stabilization of national student movements, calling students to the Christian faith and the evangelization of the world. The First World War and its aftermath changed the emphases of the Federation as social problems, international relations, and the issues of pacifism and war came to the foreground.

The Federation served as a training ground for many individuals who later became prominent in the worldwide life of the Church, including Bishop Azariah of India, Bishop Honda of Japan, T.Z. Koo of China, Nathan S?blom of Sweden, J.H. Oldham and William Temple of Great Britain, John R. Mott, and W.A. Visser 't Hooft.

Scope and Content

This publication is a selection from the original WSCF Archives. The original archives are classified according to a unique classification system, modelled after the Dewey Decimal System, in the early part of the 20th century by Mrs. Grace J. Livingston, and later updated by Miss Ruth Rouse. The classification identifies several logical sections within the archive of which the following sections are included in this publication:

The "300" section, which contains the materials concerning the organization and incorporation of the WSCF. The topics covered include constitution, membership and management.

The "800" section, which contains the correspondence of John Mott, Ruth Rouse, Karl Fries and other correspondents such as P.A. Conrad, Emmanuel Galland, Francis P. Miller, Eberhard Phildius, Margery W. Smith and W.A. Visser 't Hooft.

The "900" section, which contains all sorts of materials relating to the history of the WSCF, including reports, minutes of meetings, year books, verious serials, information on conventions, conferences and various committees.etc.


This collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

Selected Search Terms

World Student Christian Federation
John R. Mott
Karl Fries
Ruth Rouse

Related Material

The Yale Divinity Library holds the official archives of the WSCF through 1925. The selections in this publication are from the materials held by Yale. Later official archives are held in Geneva. The following archives have been filmed at the WCC at Geneva:

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid to the complete archive is available via the Yale Finding Aid Database at