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Pearl Highlights: Halfway Through 2023

July 18, 2023
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Life Members at Retirees Luncheon, Toronto, 1985. From left to right: Lorraine Higgins, Valeria Murphy, Linn Sloan. Pearl ID: islandora:340286

With the midpoint of 2023 already here, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight some exciting additions among the 1,500+ new records to Pearl, our digital archives, from the year.


Church service programs for Presbyterian Church of the Ascension in New York City, circa 1976. Pearl ID: islandora:290677.

Katie Geneva Cannon Digital Collection

In the winter, we wrapped up an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of womanist theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. This work was done in partnership with the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University Libraries). The result—the Katie Geneva Cannon Digital Collection—contains over 450 of Cannon’s sermons, lectures, and writings, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world for free.


Anti-war activist Father Daniel Berrigan heads a group of demonstrators as they stage a "Thou Shalt Not Bomb" protest outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Pearl ID: islandora:309044

Religious News Service Photograph Collection

In April, PHS was awarded an NEH grant for the digitization of the Religious News Service photograph collection, which will expand access to the historical photographs to an international audience. The multi-year project will add 22,500 new photographs to Pearl that will spotlight the intersection of religion and society during pivotal 20th century historic events. Be sure to check back as we continue to grow the Religious News Service photograph collection with new content!


Forman High School for Girls, Pakistan, 1960. Pearl ID: islandora:339782

Mission history

Our mission history collection is one of our largest and most popular collections in Pearl, and it continues to grow. Below are some new additions that help to tell the story of Presbyterian mission:


Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Mexicana (El Paso, Tex.) session, 1914.. Pearl ID: islandora:343627

Church history

Digitization staff continue to add new content that helps PHS showcase Presbyterian and Reformed history and its relevance to American history and contemporary life. Below are some new records in Pearl that help illuminate this history.


An updated look for the "Highlighted Collections" section on the Pearl homepage, 2023.

We have even more noteworthy additions to Pearl planned for the rest of the year, so be sure to check back!