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May 19, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I work as a processing archivist. Day-to-day, I prepare and process collections of records and papers for research use. This includes physically rehousing collections in archival folders and containers (this helps to preserve collections) and creating catalog records and collection guides (this increases the discoverability and usability of collections). Processing work also helps establish a framework for digitization of collection materials. 

In addition to my processing work, I’m also the...

February 1, 2023
Portrait of Rev. Dr. James Hutten Costen, undated. Pearl ID: islandora:294511

Each month, the Presbyterian Historical Society is bearing witness to the lives of African American leaders throughout the history of the denomination. Click here to learn how PHS is collecting records of the Black...

December 5, 2022
James (left) and Melva (right) Costen at the Interdenominational Theological Center celebration dinner for James' presidency, October 7, 1993 [RG 538, Box 11]

The James and Melva Costen Papers have been processed as Record Group 538, and the guide to the records is now available:

November 7, 2022
David Miller (right) and Polly Miller (center) with Ben Masilo (left) in Lesotho, circa 1985. Pearl ID: islandora:293605 [RG 537, Box 3, Folder 8]

The David and Polly Miller Papers have been processed as Record Group 537, and the guide to the records is now available: ...

October 4, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) recently acquired the digital videos of Tom McAfee (accession 22-0434), which capture and document the Presbytery of the Redwoods Permanent Judicial Commission’s (PJC) trial of Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr. McAfee is a videographer and Spahr's friend.

On August 27, 2010, the Redwoods PJC...

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