The Basel Mission Archives provides access to a large selection of digitised visual and cartographic material as well as comprehensive catalogue data from the Basel Mission Archives: some 30â€™000 images, 6â€™700 maps, sketches and plans, and detailed references to our manifold written records. The website is an interactive search tool for the public at large and the international scientific community, opening up avenues into a major resource base for 19th and 20th century history.
The website invites users to browse through a wide range of visual and cartographic sources as well as thousands of references to manuscripts and partially rare publications relating to settings in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe as well as several other regions of the World.
The objective of the website is to foster encounters with, and prompt questions about, various kinds of transfer and circulation of ideas, knowledge and values around the globe through space and time. The available images, maps, sketches, plans and catalogue entries offer evidence for various facets and patterns of human interaction, everyday life, education, health, religious practices, agriculture, material culture, scientific research, technological developments, and economic activities - just to mention a few of the broader thematic strands.