Historic PublicationsWSCF has a history of publishing which spans more than a century. The WSCF archives contain records from 1895 up to the present and are held in two major collections.

The first set is held by the Yale Divinity School Library in USA and includes records from the period 1895 to 1925. This corresponds to the period when the Federation's first General Secretary John R. Mott was based in New York. The second set of archives is held by the World Council of Churches Library at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and contains records from 1895 up till the present day.

Some historic publications are still available for purchase from the WSCF Inter-Regional Office and others are available for reference from the WSCF archives in Geneva or at the Yale Divinity School Library. Some of the titles available include Venite Adoremus II (1961) and Cantate Domino (1957).

Below are some of the WSCF's publications from 1925 onwards.

Historic Publications Availability
and Price

Cantate Domino
Ed S. Bidgrain
WSCF, Geneva, 1925
Out of stock

Venite Adoremus
WSCF, Geneva, 1935
Out of stock

Cantate Domino
Ed S. Bidgrain
WSCF, Geneva, 1947
Out of stock

Venite Adoremus I (2nd edition)
WSCF, Geneva,1951
30 copies
CHFr 50.00

Cantate Domino
WSCF, Geneva, 1957
20 copies
CHFr 20.00

Venite Adoremus II: Prayers and Services for Students
WSCF, Geneva 1961
16 copies
CHFr 50.00

Cantate Domino
WSCF, Geneva, 1963
Out of stock

Venite Exultemus (Spanish edition of Venite Adoremus)
WSCF, Geneva, 1964
Out of stock

A New Look at Christianity in Africa
WSCF Book Series Vol. II, No. 2
WSCF, Geneva, 1972
30 copies
CHFr 15.00

Essays on the New Testament: A materialist approach
S. Rostagno, WSCF Book No. 1
WSCF, Geneva
Out of stock

A challenge to Constantinianism
A. Molnar, WSCF Book No. 2
WSCF, Geneva
Out of stock

Christians and Revolutions: A breakthrough in Christian thought
M. Opencensky, WSCF Book No. 3
WSCF, Geneva, 1977
Out of stock

WSCF Book No. 4
WSCF, Geneva

Out of stock

Education for Liberation
Ed Y. Hajjar et al, WSCF Book Series No. 5
WSCF, Geneva, 1981
60 copies
CHFr 15.00

... And Yet Happy The Beatitudes Revisited
Ed E.Campi, WSCF Book Series No. 6
WSCF, Geneva, 1981
50 copies
CHFr 15.00

The Sacrifice of the Innocent:
Themes on Christian Participation in the Philippine Struggle
F. Cariño, WSCF A-P Book No. 11
WSCF A-P, Hong Kong 1984
10 copies
CHFr 15.00

A Community of Memory and Hope
History Series Book 1
WSCF, Geneva, 1992
100 copies

50 Years of History 1895-1945
S. de Dietrich, History Book Series 2
WSCF Geneva, 1993
100 copies

Memoirs and Diaries 1895-1990
Ed E. Adler, History Book Series 3 & 4
WSCF, Geneva, 1994
200 copies

Bible and Theology in the Federation: A Report
Ed T. Wieser, History Book Series 5
WSCF, Geneva, 1995
400 copies

Towards a Women's History in the WSCF
Ed C. Balan-Sycip, History Book Series 6
WSCF, Geneva, 1995
Out of stock

Remember all the way… (Senior Friends Meeting in Berlin)
Ed E. Adler & T. Moritz, History Book Series 7
WSCF, Geneva, 1996
400 copies

Seeking and Serving the Truth: The First Hundred Years of the World Student Christian Federation
P. Potter & T. Wieser
WCC, Geneva 1997
100 copies
CHFr 35.00
CHFr 42.50

Talitha Cum! The Grace of Solidarity in a Globalized World
Ed M. DeGiglio-Bellemare & G. Miranda Garcia
WSCF, Geneva 2004
12 copies
CHFr 35.00

Last updated: February 2006
Availability indicated is approximate, and price is in Swiss Francs. For updates on these and other historic WSCF titles, please contact the IRO.


Titles that are out of stock can be accessed for information either by the WSCF archivist or the Yale Divinity School Library archivists. All WSCF archives are held in these two major collections:

Yale Divinity School Library
WSCF archives from 1895 to 1925

The official archives of the World Student Christian Federation from 1895 to 1925 are held at the Yale Divinity School Library. These records were donated by John R. Mott, who served as General Secretary and Chairman of the WSCF for many years.

The WSCF collection at Yale contains materials dating up through the 1940s, as it continued to receive important Federation documents and serial publications following the organisation's change of headquarters in 1925.

Yale's WSCF collection also encompasses the books and periodicals that constituted the Library of the WSCF. In 1919, the Library of the WSCF (also called the John R. Mott Library) included some five thousand volumes, with documents in more than twenty languages.

The WSCF archives at Yale are arranged geographically, with the general records in the "A" section being followed by records related to B: North America; C: South America; D: Europe; E: Great Britain and Ireland; F: Oriental Countries; and G-M: other countries.

Within each of these sections, materials are grouped according to a unique classification system modelled after the Dewey Decimal System, which was developed specifically for the archives and library of the WSCF in the early part of the 20th century by Mrs. Grace J. Livingston. This classification system was updated and expanded by Miss Ruth Rouse in the 1940s.

Among the classification sections are the "300" section, which contains the materials concerning the organisation and incorporation of the WSCF, 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, and the "900" section, which contains materials relating to the history of the WSCF, including reports, minutes of meetings, year books, various serials, information on conventions, conferences and various committees.

To access the online finding aid for the WSCF collection at Yale, go to Guide to the Archives of the World Student Christian Federationpdf.

The Yale collection is open to qualified researchers. Portions of the archives have been microfilmed and are available via interlibrary loan. To view policies on rights and reproductions for archival collections at the Yale Divinity School Library, go to Rights and Reproductionspdf in the special collections section of the Yale Divinity School Library website.

To contact the Yale Divinity School Library directly:

Yale Divinity School Library Archivist
Yale University
409 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510, USA
Website: https://web.library.yale.edu/divinity

World Council of Churches Library
WSCF Archives from 1895

The World Council of Churches Library houses global archives of the WSCF at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

In the 1970s it was decided to transfer the WSCF archives to the WCC archives for storage, description and microfilming, since then there have been several additional transfers.

The WCC archives describe WSCF's importance in the ecumenical library as follows:

"The structure and activities of the WSCF provide a unique opportunity for focused study of student religious life throughout the world. Throughout its rich and active history, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) played a fundamental role in both the modern missionary and ecumenical movements. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, WSCF encouraged students to engage actively in the work of spreading the gospel, emphasising the importance of mutual communication, co-operation, and challenge with the mainline institutional churches. The Federation has and continues to work for unity in the church and in the world."

The reports and letters included in the WSCF collection provide insight into the contexts and issues that informed the development of the Church in North and South America, continental Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Asia, Australasia, South Africa, and other areas.

The archival materials include reports and correspondence of committees, conferences, national student movements, secretaries and officers of the WSCF. These archives are organised by chronological periods and then by categories such as "Countries", "Secretaries", "Conferences", "Correspondence" etc. using the following series and subseries:

  • Minutes of General Committee/General Assembly
  • Minutes of Executive Committee meetings
  • Minutes of Staff & Officers' meetings
  • Annual reports and conference reports
  • WSCF Directories
  • Meetings, reports and conferences categorised in time periods as follows:
    before 1919; 1919-22; 1922-24; 1924-26; 1926-28; 1928-29; 1930-31; 1932-40; 1940-45

Records from 1945 to 2004 continue in the system of sorting by date and format, the later categories include all the categories listed above, plus:

  • World Student Relief & International Student Service
  • Commissions (Political, Study, Youth, Ecumenical, University)
  • Ecumenical Assistance Programme
  • Schools work

In addition to the official minutes, conference reports and programme documents are materials from the following categories:

  • Promotional materials
  • WSCF publications
  • Worship and Bible Studies
  • Biographical material
  • Prayer books
  • Cantate Domino
  • Writings and sermons

Go to the WSCF archive inventory at the WCC Library website to view the archived contents here. Access to the archives at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva is free and available to the public by prior request. The rules for access and an application form for use of the archives are available on the WCC Library website under the section Conditions of use.

The WCC Library's archives staff are able to help users with copies and small searches. For extensive research, they recommend that researchers visit the archives in Geneva.

To contact the WCC Library directly:

Library & Archives Team
World Council of Churches
P.O. Box 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 791 6279
Fax: +41 22 791 2022
Website: http://library.oikoumene.org / http://archives.oikoumene.org

SCM Press

WSCF has an historic connection to the SCM Press through the British SCM. Starting out as the publishing arm of the British Student Christian Movement, SCM Press has for many years been a fully independent company publishing academic theology. For information on publications from the SCM Press, please go directly to their official website: https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk.

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