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April 24, 2023

Thanks to PHS Board member Michael Livingston, we've recently digitized a collection of the records of Edler Hawkins, the first Black moderator of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (UPCUSA). Included in the digitized collection are two pocket-size commonplace books Hawkins read from when called upon to speak. One is chiefly his typescripts of Langston Hughes poems, the other a book of songs, including the "Internationale."

Born in 1908 in the Bronx, Hawkins...

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...

April 5, 2023

In 2019, with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, PHS digitized nearly 500 images from the RNS photograph collection all of which are now viewable in Pearl. The photographs chosen for the project spanned various years, topic, faiths, and geographical locations, but all supported the Religious News Service’s mission to document...

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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