This Messenger archiving project began in 2000 when Dr Roland Karlman of the Ellen G White Research Centre at Newbold College, Bracknell, arranged for Newbold College Library's holdings of the Missionary Worker and the Messenger to be digitally scanned. In May 2005 the Centre gave permission for the scans to be placed on this Adventist History site. The British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is grateful to the following people for their work in making this archive available to the public:
Dr Roland Karlman, Ellen G White Research Centre at Newbold College of Higher Education, former Director.
Dr Radisa Antic, Ellen G White Research Centre, at Newbold College of Higher Education, Director.
Mr Per Lisle, Roy Graham Library, Newbold College of Higher Education, Librarian.
Mrs Lynda Baildam, Roy Graham Library, Newbold College of Higher Education, Associate Librarian.
An alternative source for Messenger archives between 1936 and 1985 can be found in the General Conference Archive. The Missionary Worker predecessor to the Messenger is also available for the years 1902 - 1935. These are in DJVU format with a free reader available from the site.
All of the magazines have been scanned one page at a time, with each page being saved as a tif image file. The files have then been numbered sequentially. The problem with image files is that they do not contain any textual data and therefore can not be indexed or searched for particular words. In order to overcome this problem the images have been grouped together into complete magazines and then converted into Adobe Acrobat format. The resultant pdf files contain genuine textual information and can therefore be indexed and searched.
Note that this search engine is run by Google and is therefore not under the control of the British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
How You Can Help
At the moment we have only digitised the Missionary Worker and Messenger magazines from 1923 to 1950. There are many more magazines to scan but the process is time consuming and costly. You can help to move the archiving project forward by making a donation.
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