Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. PHS exists to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience with Presbyterians, the scholarly community, and the general public.
Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs, Fri.,9-4: Weds. Noon-7
The holdings, 1500's-present, include more than 250,000 titles reflecting the history of the Presbyterian tradition in America and over 30,000 cubic feet of official records and personal papers. These include records of congregations, presbyteries, synods, and General Assembly agencies of the current and some predecessor Presbyterian and Reformed denominations in America. These records are supplemented by the personal papers of significant Presbyterians and ecumenists, with a particular emphasis on mission history in this country and abroad. The society also serves as the archives for ecumenical organizations including the Federal and National Council of Churches, the American Sunday School Union, and Religious News Service.
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