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Archives of the Episcopal Church

The Archives of the Episcopal Church connects the church's dynamic traditions to today's mission and congregational life. It is an information center for the Episcopal Church that supports leadership and members with resources that help clarify and educate. The Archives seeks to deepen the faith community's understanding of its identity as an ever-evolving conversation with the past.

The Archives' historical records are held in Austin, Texas, and it also maintains an office of Records Administration at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. Donations are welcome from individuals and church organizations that fit within the Collection Policy of the Archives. Research inquiries from the public are also welcome and are answered in the order they are received.

CONTACT: The Archives of the Episcopal Church

 

RESOURCES:

The Digital Archives is a repository of core governance records and official statements of the Episcopal Church. Resources currently include The Resolves of Council, and The Reports to Convention.

The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Struggle for Justice is an online exhibit that draws on the rich historical collections of the Afro-Anglican Archives of the General Convention.

The C056 website offers liturgical resources for the blessing of same-gender relationships, and is hosted by the Archives in collaboration with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

The Anti-Racism website is a digital collection of diocesan responses to General Convention Resolutions 2006-A123 and 2009-A143 on the Church's historical complicity in the institution of slavery.

The Archives also offers resources such as guidelines, manuals, advice, and workshops on various aspects of records and information management for dioceses, parishes, and church organizations. 

 

 

  • General Convention, San Francisco, 1949

    The Archives is the official repository of the General Convention, the chief policy making body of The Episcopal Church. The Acts of Convention and The Reports to Convention, from 1976 to present, are available on the Archives' website.

  • Protester at the March on Washington, March 18, 1963

    The Afro-Anglican Archives are part of the Archives’ mission to acknowledge under examined aspects of the Church’s spiritual and cultural heritage, drawing on evidence of its continuing evangelization to people of color and the descendants of the African diaspora.Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • The Reverend Howard A. Johnson, c. 1959

    Documenting Episcopal and Anglican identity is at the heart of the Archives’ service to the Church. The Papers of the Reverend Howard A. Johnson document his groundbreaking study of the challenges and difficulties facing Anglican churches worldwide.Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • Marilyn Robertson, c. 2005

    Archives of individual members are selected to capture outstanding exemplars of leadership and witness. The Papers of the Rev. Edgar and Ms. Marilyn Robertson document 40 years of mission work in Liberia. The couple returned to Liberia in 2004 to rebuild Church schools ravaged by Civil War.Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • Circle City, Alaska, 1990

    The Archives’ liturgical collection includes traditional, trial, and local interpretations of the worship experience. Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • North Carolina, 1990

    The Episcopal Church has long had a commitment to social justice and alleviation of poverty and inequity. This central part of the Episcopal identity is celebrated in the Archives through official records and the papers of individuals and groups. Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • Anking, China, 1908

    Foreign Mission records document more than a century of involvement in world-wide Episcopal relief work in outposts throughout Asia, Latin America, and around the globe.Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)

  • Records Management Manual for Congregations, (2008)

    The Archives develops guidelines and best practices for the creation, retention, and preservation of electronic records as well as traditional formats. Copyright 2011. The Archives of the Episcopal Church (DFMS)