The International Mission Board, or Foreign Mission Board as it was previously known, has existed since the beginning of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845.
The IMB has done an excellent job of keeping track of records and archives related to their mission of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
The IMB Archives is broken down into several areas like Board Minutes, Lottie Moon Correspondence, African American Heritage, Periodicals, and this interactive map of the the journey of Robert Willingham, Corresponding Secretary of the IMB, and his journey to visit the field in 1907
Over the years there have been several books written about the history of the IMB. Below are few, beginning with the most recent.
Whole Gospel, Whole World – William Estep This is the most current history and covers the years from 1845
Advance: A History of Southern Baptist Missions By Baker J Cauthen This book covers the years up to 1970
Global Mission: An Interpretation of Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Winston Crawley Released in 1985, this book tells the history of the IMB through a unique lens.
The North American Mission Board, or Home Mission Board as it was previously known, came into existence with the beginning of the SBC in 1845. Then known as the Board of Domestic Missions, it served to take the gospel of Christ across the home fronts of North America.
NAMB has an excellent interactive timeline that details some of the history and accomplishments of their work.
Over the years there have been several books written about the history of the NAMB.
Mission to America: A History of Southern Baptist Home Missions Arthur Rutledge, 1983
History of the Home Mission Board, Dr JB Lawrence, 1958
Baptist Home Mission Monthly These digital archives of this publication cover years from 1878-1909. Published by American Baptist’s, they contain many references to Southern Baptist work, especially in pioneer states.
Hathi Trust Digital Library These archives contain many works that entirely accessible online and relate to the work of Southern Baptist Home Missions