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Taking a Rightful Place:

The Archives celebrates the 40th anniversary of the vote to ordain women in The Episcopal Church.  An exhibit explores the history of women in the House of Deputies, from their struggle to become deputies to General Convention to their full participation in the priesthood.  This story captures the unifying force that women’s participation brought to bear on the House of Deputies as it rediscovered its central place in the governance of The Episcopal Church.

A Ministry of Preaching:

The Archives marks the opening of the personal Papers of John Rowan Claypool, IV (1930-2005) with an exhibit highlighting his influential career as a preacher, author, teacher, and spiritual counselor. His experience with personal tragedy and the struggle to find healing and hope inspired a confessional witness in his preaching that was both compassionate and influential on the ministry of others. Claypool’s writings continue to speak to modern themes of redemption, personal Christian witness, and the transformative gift of life.

John Maury Allin:

John Maury Allin served as the 23rd Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. His election to that office was the culmination of a vocation in which he served as a parish priest, bishop in Mississippi, and as an educational and spiritual advisor. This exhibit reflects the numerous connections and relationships he developed in the belief that ministerial leadership requires a personal commitment to the lives of those served.

Archives Holdings:

The Archives is the repository for a number of collections relating to the Church's mission and ministry among indigenous people in the western United States. These materials include  evidence of the 19th century evangelism and educational work of the Board of Missions and the National Committee on Indian work, and in more recent times, advocacy for civil rights and cultural restoration through indigenous ministries.  The Archives holds oral histories from the Niobrara Convocation, as well as publications, personal papers and photographs.  Geographically-focused work among the tribes of Alaska and Hawaii are well represented.  Read more in our holdings profile.

The Church Awakens:

The Church Awakens is an electronic publication and online exhibit of The Archives of the Episcopal Church. The exhibit arose from the combination of an institutional reevaluation of the impact of racism, the motivation of a generous donor, the Rev. John Morris, and the Archives commitment to uncovering the archival legacy of the Church’s African American faithful.  The exhibit draws on the historical collections of the Afro-Anglican Archives of the General Convention.  The Archives adds new information to this unfolding narrative and challenges the Church to engage its history and reject the root cause of racism in the act of forgetting.


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The Episcopal Church has selected Cielo Property Group to partner in the development of a church-owned city block in downtown Austin that will incorporate space for The Archives of the Episcopal Church as the future home of its repository and research center.  The Archives will be part of a lively downtown area and will incorporate an adjoining mixed-use project.