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January 12, 2018

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day PHS is sharing some of the resources we hold on the influential Civil Rights leader, who was assassinated 50 years ago this April.

Our online archives, Pearl, includes several photographs of King documenting his protest activities and speaking engagements.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and other...
October 13, 2017

The Ken Burns and Lynne Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, has inspired us[1] to share information about our collection materials that pertain to the war.

Both the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) reflected upon and studied the conflict vis-à-vis Christian ethics. Both predecessor denominations to the PC(USA) also issued policies, statements, and recommendations...

December 9, 2016

Sonia Prescott is the newest member to join the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society. As our Reference Assistant, she is primarily responsible for retrieving materials from the archives for our in-house researchers and responding to reference inquiries, such as genealogy questions and requests for ...

March 30, 2015

On Friday, March 13th, I attended a day-long symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The symposium, organized by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), brought together archivists, librarians, and researchers to discuss the theme of Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Innovation, Collaboration, and Models....

April 11, 2014
Cover art from The Beauty of God's Green Earth, sermons by John Allan MacLean.

Like many citizens of the world, American Presbyterians have changed their approach to environmental conservation through the years. In the nineteenth century the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination encouraged a localized, private form of ecological witness, often through church publications. Today, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) regularly issues panel recommendations and press releases advocating a coordinated, planet-wide defense of what God created...

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