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February 21, 2024

We bring you peace and blessings this Black History Month! Your archivists are excited to share the progress we've made in documenting the Black Presbyterian exerpeience, and we thank you for supporting the African American Leaders and Congregations Collecting Initiative.

With your support, we made site visits to appraise and pack up records for storage and for digitization. Thanks to the following congregations for...

February 9, 2024

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to announce that the first batch of images digitized as part of the Religious News Service Photographs Digitization Project have been added to Pearl Digital Collections.

The 1,117 records added to the Society’s online archive include 753 images and 424 records of accompanying text including press releases and clippings. The records are the first to be digitized as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant funded project that will make 22,500 images and related documents from the...

December 6, 2023

PHS is happy to announce that three oral history interviews with Stated Clerk Emeritus Cliff Kirkpatrick are now live and available for viewing in Pearl.

Clifton Kirkpatrick was elected as Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)’s General Assembly in 1996. At the end of his term of service in 2008, he was elected as Stated Clerk Emeritus. Prior to his becoming Stated Clerk, he served for fifteen years as the...

August 14, 2023

Sixty years ago this month, over 200,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the endpoint of a massive protest march organized to draw attention to the Civil Rights Movement. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom may be most famous for serving as the backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech, best...

June 21, 2023

Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations. Our collections are vast, but our robust digitization program—which preserves Presbyterian histories and congregation’s records—has made over 19,000 digital objects available online.

Accessing Presbyterian History Online

The Presbyterian Historical Society's digital collections, Pearl, is home to digitized and born-...

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