Presbyterian Historical Society

425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-627-1852 voice
215-627-0115 fax

Mon-Fri 8:30-4:15



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 many predecessor denominations. Its holdings include more than 180,000 titles reflecting the history of the Presbyterian tradition in America. The archival holdings consist of approximately 34,000 cu. ft. 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, 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 and the American Sunday School Union.