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June 21, 2023

Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. Our collections are vast, but our robust digitization program—which preserves Presbyterian histories and congregation’s records—has made over 19,000 digital objects available online.

Accessing Presbyterian History Online

The Presbyterian Historical Society's digital collections, Pearl, is home to digitized and born-...

June 5, 2023

We've recently helped appraise, pack, and transport original records out of the historic First African Presbyterian Church, now home to New River Presbyterian Church. Organized in 1807 by John Gloucester, First African is the mother congregation of Black Presbyterianism--the first Black Presbyterian congregation in the United States.

Gloucester was born into slavery in 1776 and was manumitted by the Presbyterian missionary...

April 24, 2023

In August 2022, PHS staff visited Alexander Library’s Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey to survey the records of More Light Presbyterians. Staff viewed around 10 cubic ft. of the 54 cubic ft. collection and...

April 10, 2023
Pakistan, 1960. Pearl ID: islandora:339914

Now available in Pearl are images from the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations photograph collection (RG 223).

The Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) was organized in 1837 with a self-described purpose of...

March 7, 2023
Barber-Scotia students in college library, circa 1960s. Pearl ID: islandora:309464

Now available in Pearl are photographs of Barber-Scotia College, a historically Black women’s college in Concord, North Carolina. Spanning 1928 through the 1960s,...

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