The Archives of the Episcopal Church USA is the official repository for the records of the Episcopal Church including its synodical body, the General Convention, and the corporate body of the Church, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. The Archives also gathers the records of national Church bodies, the various offices of missionary program and administrative support of the Episcopal Church Center, affiliated Episcopal organizations, and the personal papers of prominent lay and ordained leaders.
This outline of select holdings provides an example of what one might find in The Archives of the Episcopal Church.
As part of our effort to make vital church records available for wider use, The Acts of Convention, Episcopal Press and News, The Living Church Archives, and The Resolves of Council databases are now available for online research.
The Afro-Anglican Archives of the Episcopal Church
The Archives is the primary repository for records, papers, and other documentation on the contribution of African Americans to the life, mission, and ministry of the Church. These Archives include the recently acquired papers of the Right Reverend George Browne, late Bishop of Liberia, which were received in March 2005. Other key archival collections are open for research.
Holdings Related to American Indians and Native Americans
The Archives is the repository for a number of collections relating to the Church's mission and ministry to Native Americans. These materials include records of missionary work, the Board of Missions, the National Committee on Indian work, as well as publications, personal papers and photographs.
Check here for important information on conducting genealogical research using Episcopal Church records.
Resources on Rural Ministry
A description of our holdings related to rural ministry, including national Church records, personal papers, periodicals, and audio-visual records, is available here.
Archives Acquires Church and Alcohol Studies Collection: Records of the North Conway Institute
This resource includes both descriptive and documentary resources on the Episcopal Church's historical involvement with alcohol issues. The NCI Archive provides evidence of the role of ecumenical groups in educating and shaping the society's attitude toward alcoholism from the 1950s to the present.
The Episcopal Mission to Japan: Holdings in The Archives of the Episcopal Church
The Archives of the Episcopal Church is a valuable source of primary information regarding the Episcopal Mission to Japan.