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bMS 670

Harding, Frederick W. Papers, 1908-1936: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 670
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Harding, Frederick W.
Title: Harding, Frederick W. Papers,
Date(s): 1908-1936.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Papersof Baptist minister, Frederick W. Harding, including material related to his missionary work with the Garo people in India, such as teaching materials, essays, reports, and correspondence, as well as notes and photographs. The papers span 1908-1936.


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Biographical / Historical

Frederick W. Harding (1878-1975) was born in Leeds, England. He received a BA in 1904 and a DD in 1933, both from Colgate University. He graduated from the Hamilton Theological Seminary in 1907, and was ordained a Baptist minister on September 9, 1907. He married Nellie N. Hurd (1880-1971), and the couple had two children who died in infancy. He had a missionary appointment for Tura, Assam, India, with the Garo mission, and he arrived there on November 8, 1907. This mission was directed by the American Baptist Missionary Union, which was renamed the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, and is today the Board of International Ministries. Harding retired in 1945, and died in Edmeston, New York.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists primarily of teaching materials used by Harding in his Baptist missionary work to Assam, India, for the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (A.B.F.M.S.). Most of these materials are in the Garo language of India. There are approximately twenty-one instruction books on Baptist doctrine and teachings, all in Garo. There is also a substantial amount of Harding's lecture notes in both Garo and English. Many of these notes are handwritten and appear to correspond to the instruction books. Also included are miscellaneous essays and papers by Harding; two annual reports by Harding to the A.B.F.M.S. on his work among the Garo tribe of the Garo Hills and Goalpara districts in Assam; correspondence written to Harding from 1908 to 1920; fifteen photographs of the Garo peoples and the region; a book of expenditures and receipts, dated 1934-1942; a bound manuscript, "Comparative Religion," by William Newton Clarke (1906); and a notebook of Harding's written notes entitled, "India: History and Geography (in English)."


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