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The Society,founded in 1852, is the national archives and historical research center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Headquartered in Philadelphia, with a regional office in Montreat, NC, and a records management program at the denomination's headquarters in Louisville, KY, it serves the administrative, legal, and historical needs of the church's national agencies, middle governing bodies and local congregations as well as scholars and the general public.

General Contact Information

Presbyterian Historical Society, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-1852
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30-4:30

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The holdings, 1500's-present (15,000 cubic ft., 200,000 volumes, 5,000+ artifacts) include the official records of the denomination and its predecessor denominations; personal papers of prominent Presbyterians; the records of ecumenical organizations such as the American Sunday School Union and the National Council of Churches of Christ; and special collections and rare books supporting research in Presbyterian history. Collection emphases includes church legal and administrative decisions; religion and life in Colonial America; the American Revolution, the First and Second Great Awakenings; missionary work among Asians, Africans and Native Americans; the New Republic; the Civil War and Reconstruction; westward expansion, civil rights and other race issues; social justice issues; and ecumenical movements.


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