May 14, 2020

The Archives is prompted by the new coronavirus to consider how past efforts have been addressed by The Episcopal Church.  Inquirers have asked how the Church addressed the influenza pandemic of 1918.  Responses to that pandemic were led by parishes and dioceses who provided relief services appropriate to the needs of their communities and the safety of their congregants.

Thanks to diocesan archivist Michael Krasulski for sending us his parishing gleanings.

Familiar themes emerge in recalling past parish and diocesan efforts.  Does your diocese or parish have a story about its experience during the 1918 pandemic?  Send us a story, link, or reference to add to our list.  Our findings are available alongside a compilation of stories on local experiences.

April 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the offices of the Archives are closed and staff are not accessing the physical collections.  If you have a research question, you may use the Archives’ Research Request Form to send it to our attention where it will be placed in a queue for future response.  Please consult the Digital Archives and other resources on the website for key governance information. All inquiries will be noted and we will endeavor to respond after the staff return to the Archives.

Non-research and non-reference questions may be sent through the Archives' Contact Form.  We wish everyone the very best in these challenging times and look forward to having the Archives research desk restored as soon as safely possible.

August 23, 2019

On August 14 the Archives and the Seminary of the Southwest announced the opening of an exhibit to mark the anniversary of Jonathan Daniels' death.  Entitled Jonathan Daniels: Called to be Fully Present, the exhibit draws on the Archives collections received in part from the recent acquisition of the Episcopal Divinity School Archives.  The exhibit features original source material and a narrative of Daniels' early life, his awakening, and death.  Special acknowledgment goes to intern archivist, Noble Brigham, who led the production and design team.  Noble is a senior at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.  The exhibit is part of an extended online exhibit, The Church Awakens, telling the story of African American Episcopalians from an historical perspective. Visit The Church Awakens to learn more about the life of Jonathan Daniels.

February 06, 2018

The Archives of the Episcopal Church has chosen Arkivum PERPETUA as their data archiving, preservation and safeguarding solution.  Arkivum PERPETUA is a leading end-to-end digital preservation solution that utilizes open standards and open source components to address the unique requirements and challenges of cultural heritage institutions.  [read more].

November 08, 2017

The Archives of the Episcopal Church has recently received the personal papers of Dr. Charles Radford Lawrence II, 27th President of the House of Deputies from 1976 to 1985. Dr. Lawrence is honored as the first and only African American President of the House. The 14 cubic feet collection was donated by his wife Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence and their three children, Dr. Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Dr. Charles R. Lawrence III, and the Reverend Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller.

November 06, 2017

The Papers of the Rt. Rev. Everett Holland Jones (1902-1995), 4th Bishop of West Texas, have been processed and are now open for research.  The papers include a large collection of printed sermons, personal and family biographical papers, correspondence spanning 1921 to 1990, and course and lecture outlines.

November 06, 2017

Archives staff have recently completed the rehousing and preservation of an important collection of missionary correspondence with the Church in Liberia (1822-1952).

April 20, 2017

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.

April 03, 2017

Lauren Kata, the Archivist for Collections Management, will be leaving the Archives staff in early April. Lauren made the difficult decision to seek challenging new work abroad where she will pursue a very different career adventure.  We couldn't be happier for her, even as we lament the loss of the institutional knowledge and incredible skills that she offers to the Archives operation.

March 21, 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions since 2000. These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  The 2017 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions.  The deadline for applications is May 2, 2017.